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Finally Moved That Volume Knob Down A Step

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  1. voskarp

    voskarp Strat-Talk Member

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    The thing is that when I go from my Tele to the Strat it really bothers me.

    When palm muting i like to let my free fingers relax and it makes me always choose the Tele when playing that way.

    This way i feel I can fully enjoy the (modified) Strat.
     
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    AlexJCRandall Senior Stratmaster

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    You have to make the guitar what you want it.

    But people are capable of incredible adaption, so most just play the guitar until their skills meld to the instrument and learn how best to play it. Coming from Les Pauls and Teles, the strat felt horrible until I dedicated myself to really learning what the instrument could do. Now its my most expressive guitar style - volume knob and all.
     
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    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    If you extend some wires just a bit, you could put the neck tone pot there.

    In other words, just swap positions for the vol and neck tone.
    Maintaining the stock look of the guitar, and moving the vol pot where you wanted.

    That's what I would do.
     
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    Im sorry for going OT but I love 2TSB on this thing, what is it?
     
  5. voskarp

    voskarp Strat-Talk Member

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    The body is from Nortwest Guitars in the UK.

    It was a fair bit cheaper than the Allparts bodies (less than half the price).

    It sure looks nice!:)
     
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    Fenders are Leo-Legos. Intended to be modified to your personal satisfaction!

    Master volume, master tone sure works for me!

    Fender Deluxe Strat with a '60 Classic Player neck and Fender Tex-Mex pickups. I love the tone of these pickups!
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    voskarp Strat-Talk Member

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    Nice.

    Where i put the money for this, except the neck was in the Wilkinson 5+1 bridge, switch, pots and Bare Knuckle Pat Pend ‘63 pickups.
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    I never knew the volume knob was such an issue. Am I missing something?
     
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    Yeah I always hit the switch on My LP Too. I guess you could just wire each pickup straight to the jack and just use the volume and tones to turn each one on off or blend


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    Why would you palm mute on a Strat, anyway? I think it’s Leo’s way of telling you not to play that stuff!
     
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    mapleglo Strat-O-Master

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    Palm muting is in the tone palate of many guitar players, why wouldn't you palm mute?
     
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    IF it is a problem, your pinkie will notice for sure!;)

    I tried to adapt for almost a year... but getting used the Tele first made me not play the Strat as much because of the knob placement; even though I really like it otherwise (the neck pickup and double pickup quack of course, but I even really like the nicely focused bridge pickup of a vintage style Strat).
     
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    I never see this solution mentioned:

    Make the top control a tone and the middle control your volume. In other words, just swap them.
    Bumping the tone won't be such a drastic/noticeable change.
    Or you could always use a no load pot for the top tone with an indent or a high friction pot for that tone control like mentioned and linked to above.

    S Mac
     
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    It's not just bumping the knob to an undesirable setting - for those who like to palm mute, the volume knob can be just bothersome to your fingers - they don't want any knob there.

    If you don't palm mute or aren't bothered by where the volume pot is located, I say "keep on keeping on" and don't worry about it.

    And for those who don't want a knob there at all (for whatever reasons may apply)... go with the master vol/master tone setup; it's great!
     
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    Put a kill switch where the volume used to be.
     
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    I don't understand this problem either. I have fairly large hands and long fingers, I rest the base of my hand near the top of the bridge on my strats, I palm mute here and there, I work the volume with my pinky finger, I wiggle the stick now and again, and I literally never hit the volume knob by accident. If I really get into it, I might bump the switch down a slot, but the volume knob? Never. I've been playing strats for 25 years though. I say adjust your technique, not the guitar.
     
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    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    Got four Strats with normally-positioned volume knobs and then also have this. I like them all.

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