[POLL] Keep the 3 way toggle or revert back to 5 way rotary?

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by RickG, Nov 5, 2018.


3 Way Toggle vs 5 Way Rotary

  1. Keep 3 Way Toggle

  2. Revert Back to 5 way Rotary

  3. Other (Explain)

  1. grausch

    grausch New Member

    Sep 19, 2016
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    Makes sense. A bass cut like the one I linked to makes a coil split almost redundant. Single coil tones without the volume drop. Also a great way to cut the overdrive as reducing bass seems to clean up the drive as well.

    Never really experimented much with an EQ pedal, but having one in front of the amp may yield the same effect and be much easier to implement.
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  2. Outlier22

    Outlier22 New Member

    Mar 16, 2018
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    I don't have an EQ pedal either but was using a tube screamer for a while as a mid boost. ...and I always wanted a Mesa Boogie where you could footswitch that EQ section to either boost mids or cut mids. I guess the EQ pedal does nearly the same.
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  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

    Apr 26, 2012
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    Yep, I use my EQ pedal in front of the amp. And the reason (besides preferring to avoid amplifier loops that cause their own sets of problems) is that I can use the EQ to impact what parts of the frequency range hit the preamp section. There they affect the frequencies at which the amp breaks up, they precede the tone stack, etc.

    I’ve posed a zillion demos of my pedal setup using the EQ pedal I use (Pettyjohn Filter), and I won’t bother everyone by re-posting that, but yeah, I never play without it any more.

    I not only use it to shape what’s coming out of the guitar, but shelving off a little bottom end, or tweaking the top end, allows me to tailor the speaker cabinet to the room better. It allows me to tailor frequencies at turnover points that aren’t necessarily the same as those in the tone stack. So it’s a great thing to have on hand.

    Since I’m NOT a believer in extremely close miking while recording - I much prefer the mic at least a foot back to capture some of the tone in the room, and I almost always also use a room mic, so what I record sounds like what I dial in - being able to really tweak the very top and bottom of the frequency response curve is important.

    But yes, I also use it to tweak what I want to hear out of the guitar. If anyone’s desirous of putting up with my craptastic playing long enough to hear how an EQ pedal works with my guitars/amps in the mix, let me know.
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  4. Screamingdaisy

    Dec 14, 2015
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    When I first got a guitar with a 5 way rotary I hated it.

    Things changed when I started using it live. We had songs with parts that we originally recorded with an acoustic and we wanted to stop using the acoustic live, but an electric with humbuckers was coming through too punchy.

    The solution turned out to be a CE22 on position 7. Turns out those in between tones worked really well since they thinned the guitar out and had it sit further back in the mix, which is where we wanted it. It’s not my favourite sound, but now that I’ve learned how to use it I find it really handy.

    That said, I wouldn’t mod a guitar with a 3 way to get the 5 way, particularly if you want it because you think it’s going to sound like a Strat. IMO it’s a different beast.

    I’d suggest trying a PRS with one first, then deciding of that sound meets your needs or not.
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