what is your favourite tone and volume setting on your tele?

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  1. johnnylaw

    johnnylaw Tele-Afflicted

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    I play most of the time in the middle pickup position with the tone knob between 3 and 6. I ride the volume knob as needed depending on the room at the moment. My amps are set to deliver more volume than I need, so max on the guitar might be around 8 when soloing, but that might be 30 seconds out of a three-minute song.
    The context of all of this would be performing about three hours of Americana (folk, country, blues, rock and roll, etc.) material in a three-piece unit without a drummer. My favorite tone is what the song needs. Fortunately, Telecasters are malleable.
     
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    Volume dimed, tone moves around constantly. I switch mostly between the neck and mid positions.
     
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    10
     
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    I'm a Neanderthal I know, but all the way up is my favorite on both. Of course it depends on what I'm into. Halfway on the volume is sweet for a nice rhythm/fingerpicking. I'll bring the tone to 0 for that underwater sound. But yeah my tone is mostly always at ten and I love it.
     
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  5. PCollen

    PCollen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Depends on the amp.....
     
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    Tone - 7
    Volume - varies
     
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    Both wide open. It stays there.
     
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    Dimed. Toggle in the middle.
     
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  9. aadvark

    aadvark Tele-Meister

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    that there is probably the wisest answer...!

    I love the variety of sounds 'at your fingertips'.

    so, the question is fundamentally flawed!
     
  10. aadvark

    aadvark Tele-Meister

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    those of us that dime our guitars:

    you are possibly using something else in the chain, OD pedals, volume pedals, etc, to get get the variety?
     
  11. drmordo

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    This thread is fascinating - I don't think I've ever met a guitarist who regularly plays with his tone knob turned down. I wonder if that's a Tele specific practice?

    BTW, I'm not being critical. If it works for you, do it. I will probly try it because of this, but what I typically do is darken the amp rather than the guitar.
     
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    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I roll the volume back from full. Not sure how much.

    When I need to be quieter/cleaner I roll back more.

    When I want to be louder/dirtier I roll up some
     
  13. EspyHop

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    Depends on the Tele and the amp.

    I can dime my Dr. Z Jetta and roll back the volume on my guitar and get a great clean Tele tone. However, I don’t really use the volume on my guitars with the Super.
     
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    I have no set positions. I have my amp set bright and crunchy, and use the knobs on the guitar to adjust my sound for whatever song I'm playing.
     
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    I could never give you one, or three, or even five. My Telecasters provide a cornucopia of favorite tones.
     
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    I'm always moving them around. and the switch too, particularly on my esquire.
     
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    I was wondering what those two knobs were for...when I got the thing I just kept turning them and it sounded better and better until they stopped so I left it that way. ;)
     
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    I've had my Am Std Tele since '89. When I was younger, I lived on the bridge pickup with the guitar knobs dimed.

    In middle age I've switched to middle pickup. Embarrassingly, I only discovered several years ago that the tone on this guitar is a TBX. I keep it now around 4 on the dial, which I suppose translates to about 8 on a regular knob, and it's the sound I always longed for... Pure, sweet Fender.

    In my defense, the detent at 5 is almost impossible to feel. Rolling through from 0-10 and back you might notice it (barely) maybe 3 times out of ten. I always thought it was just a sticky patch on the pot.

    I still keep the volume on 10, or maybe rolled down a tad.
     
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  19. TeleTucson

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    On my stock Fender Tele's this is indeed my preference also.

    However, I have one Thinline where I custom-designed my own neck pickup using a "split-single" dual 3-string offset RWRP mini-coil humbucker design idea, somewhat like the G&L Comanche but with threaded FeCrCo poles to give me adjustment. This fits under the hood of the WRHB cover as a "stealth" low inductance beauty. It is even more chimey than a strat neck, believe it or not, with no hum. A real winner, but bright enough where it sounds best with the tone dialed down to about 7.
     
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    +1 This is so close to what I do, that I am a bit surprised. TT/Broadcaster ... love them both.
     
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