That un-numbered volume knob

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  1. Mr Perch

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    Do any of you fellows have any tricks for when you're on the gig, you're about to launch into a tune, and you want to make sure that you have the appropriate volume level on your Tele for the rhythm guitar part you are about to play? Once upon a time I played Gibsons, and I relied on the numerals that adorn the volume knob. Does anyone have a special method, or do you just use The Force?
     
  2. stnmtthw

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    I use the set screw on the volume knob as an indicator.
     
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    That's it, simple.
     
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    I like to set the set screws so they are pointing straight up when set for rhythm (at 75% or so), and all the way forward (towards the selector switch when they are full up.

    I do the same for the tone knob. Its nothing fancy but it is a visual indicator, usually though I just listen and adjust on the fly, I dont like to have to squint at anything while Im playing.
     
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    So when you played Gibson were your amps always the same? Seriously one flick of the volume knob on an amp or switching to a different amp makes the numbers on the guitar knobs pointless.

    You need to know your own personal attack with your picking hand and adjust volume knob accordingly.
     
  7. rockabilly96

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    My trick is to turn the guitar volume all the way up before the song, and then roll it back quarter of the way before I start (assuming I will be starting of with rhythm). But for the most part, I am regularly adjusting my volume, especially if my band mates adjust their volume
     
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    I do the same thing. You can also get a set screw that's just long enough to stick out 1/16" or so. Or.....Get a 3/16-1/4" bit and slightly countersink the set screw hole so you can feel where it's at.
     
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    I just use my ear and determine if the volume and tone level suits the musical piece I am about to play.
     
  10. Davo17

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    Thats a great idea for low light stages etc.
     
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    I just strum a chord, listen, and adjust if necessary.
     
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    I use my ears .You tend to just know the right position but also attack on the strings will suffice for say a sharp well defined lead break and then, flicking the pickup switch ,with less force a rhythm beat.
     
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  14. Mr Perch

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    The knob on my Squire CVC Vintage Blonde doesn't have a set screw.

    That's basically what I have been doing, although I need to make it more conscious and scientific. I constantly adjust my volume when playing, but that first chord is sort of important, and I can't do any adjusting until I hear everyone else. And since I play in an instrumental trio, it's very noticeable if I get it wrong -- there's no other chordal instrument to take up the slack.
     
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    Been using a volume pedal for years. Great for swells and steel licks.
     
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    ^^This^^

    Works every time!:D
     
  17. zeke54

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    Set screw , been using that method for 40 years . If your Tele knob has no set screw , get a knob that does . Z54
     
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    You will get used to it after a while. No need to look down or dial it in at a number...or line it up with the moon or whatever....after a while it just becomes something you do without really thinking about it. Backing off the volume on the guitar will change the tone .. Volume usually full up on the guitar with a foot volume pedal. You can change that very fast. But that is just me.. Wonderful thing these Tele"s.. Enjoy...Phil
     
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    If your lucky enough to have a sound person, then volume is all the way up for me. If not and there's no pa, I always start all the way up and then listen. I have a few things to boost, but mainly the volume knob and a lighter touch to decrease the volume. In these situations it's usually about doing a good sound check and getting the right levels. My volume knob 100% 95% of the time.
     
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    Set full up, number ten, loud as it'll go... then loosen the grub screw and remove knob. Never worry about it again, it'll be fine.

    If it's too loud then you too old...
     
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