Anyone find 2 volumes more useful than vol/tone?

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  1. Mozzi

    Mozzi https://imgur.com/user/BAMozzy

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    I couldn't do without a Tone pot. I tend to use mine as a Treble boost so set up the EQ with the Tone rolled down a bit. I like being able to boost as well as roll down a bit. If you set everything with both the tone and volume on the guitar at max, the only option is to 'remove' because you have no where to go with the pots but down. If everything is set with the Tone and volume at say 6, you can still roll down both to good effect but you can also roll up both to give a volume and/or treble boost. I know some will just step on a pedal (or two) to do that for their solo but you can use your guitar too. This is why I prefer a master Tone and master Volume to having independent Volume controls for both PU's but no Tone control at all. I could happily manage with two volumes and a single master tone but I wouldn't want to give up the Tone control totally.

    The Concentric Volume Pot idea seems like a good one. On a Cu24, for example, that has just a master Volume and master Tone, I would be happier with the Concentric pot to control the volume independently for each PU and actually wouldn't mind having something similar for the Tone controls. The top part for the Neck Volume and Tone with the bottom, wider ring controlling the Tone and Volume for the bridge. In an ideal world for me, I would have have a separate Tone and Volume for each Pick-up but if I had to compromise, have either a Master Tone or a master Volume, I think I would prefer a master Tone but I certainly wouldn't want to be without a tone pot. I think its an under utilised and undervalued tool for a guitarist ...
     
  2. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Without a “tone” pot, .......... the sound would be lifeless, as there would be no tone. :D
     
  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I set my amps up with the guitar volume 5-7 and tone around 6-8 also. Kind of an old-school thing, and really gives you lots of tone colors just by fiddling with the guitar knobs.
     
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  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    This. Old School, infinite tone and color shaping. I’d be lost doing things any other way.

    I’ve posted demos in the past where I’ve gotten various shades of overdrive and tone color just using the volume and tone controls, making no changes to the amp whatsoever. It’s especially easy to use this technique with responsive amps like the HXDA and DG30, and honestly, as single-channel amps, it’d be a shame not to use them the old-school way.
     
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  5. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    whenever a guitar doesn’t sound right, usually some jazzbo has turned the tone down to nothing, so you have to either turn the knob back up or add tone back in at the effects loop. same way john mayer does on his latest tour with phlo and eddie and mickey dolenz.
     
  6. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    anyone prefer a bank of eight faders for tone?
     
  7. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy New Member

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    Oh big yes! I play metal. I don't need a tone pot!

    On my experimental Epi Spec II, I had a bucker size P-94 on the neck to a 500k vol pot and a Gibson Dirty Fingers inspired humbucker on the bridge to a 1 meg no load pot. It has a 3 way toggle. If I turn down the vol of the other pickup, I can use the toggle as a kill switch. That guitar was awesome!

    If you want to hear how the guitar sounds, let me know so I can post the YouTube link. I got flamed here for posting a non-PRSi.
     
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  8. jak3af3r

    jak3af3r Slightly Older Than New Member

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    I like a tone knob in that configuration BUT what you could do is 2 volumes and if you didn't use the switch a lot, wire it to 3 different value tone circuits or 2 values and one being a bypass then use the volumes to variably select either pickup.

    I have an SE Custom 22 with 2 volumes and one tone and find myself blending more that selecting. It offers a lot of tonal variation.
     
  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I have five PRS without tone knobs, they are kinda brighter, but not in a bad way, especially if you’re a rocker.
     
  10. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Most of the guitars I've had PRS build for me have "blow switches." Full volume one way, and variable volume the other.

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  11. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    why is it a blow switch? does it blow amp fuses?

     
  12. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Yes. It's really handy in the middle of a song that sucks.
     
  13. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Apparently my guitars all have suck switches, but I can’t find them to turn them off. :(
     
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  14. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Funny, mine too. At least there was no up charge for them!
     
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  15. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    See, and I was more curious how a finely made work of art like that ended up in the hands of an ape (going by the handwriting)..
     
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  16. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    like prs himself, 11 uses pre-win95 ms paintbrush.

     
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  17. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Here’s an F chord for you.

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    :D:p
     
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  18. Johnny Rigs

    Johnny Rigs New Member

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    HAH!!

    I should’ve know I was messing with a classy dressed ape. Touché!
     
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  19. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    that suit looks new, did someone have to go to court?

     
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  20. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I dress like a trained chimpanzee. I go ape for new clothes, and I’m not monkeying around.
     
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