How often do you use controls on your guitar?

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by pn8830, Oct 13, 2021.

How often do you use controls on your guitar?

  1. All the time

    51 vote(s)
    54.8%
  2. Most of the time

    21 vote(s)
    22.6%
  3. Rarely

    17 vote(s)
    18.3%
  4. Never

    4 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. pn8830

    pn8830 Strat-Talker

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    I never use them. I think it's personal, probably a phobia of screwing up the very origin of the sound.

    Here is where I'm coming from. Three out of four pots on my Hondo II are dead, they only work on 10 setting. Which is sort of fine with me since I don't use them, and I LIKE THE TONE. But the engineer in me tells me every time that I have faulty components, and I'm sick of this dude whispering in my ear.

    So I found this very nice explanation with examples https://www.premierguitar.com/gear/cap-and-pot-trade and it shows how even using different pot values with no dialing actually affects your sound. So I'm not sure if I should proceed with swapping out pots. I live and die by "Don't fix what's not broken" rule, you just have to define "broken" LOL.

    Yet again, my friends, I need to make a decision.
     
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  2. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Every time I pick one up, except on the Strat bridge pickups which don't have a pot connected.

    Fix the pots.
     
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  3. ibdrkn1

    ibdrkn1 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm a better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it guy.

    I rarely use the volume and tone controls but I would insist they work.
     
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  4. 64 Tele

    64 Tele Strat-O-Master

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    When I was playing live....all the time/constantly.
    Now, just dinking around at home....rarely.
     
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  5. dirocyn

    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    If the guitar is plugged in and the amp is turned on, I use the controls constantly. So, hardly ever.

    If you are worried about replacing a pot changing your sound, measure the resistance of your old pot before you throw it out. Replace it with one that can turn to the same value.
     
  6. stratelespaul

    stratelespaul Strat-O-Master

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    I keep everything dimed on Strats except the last tone pot which is wired to the bridge pup.
    I use a volume pedal for...volume.
     
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  7. dvqc1

    dvqc1 Strat-Talker

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    Probably 20 % of the time I play. Depends on which guitar I'm using and also what amp. I have a few amps dialed in to certain guitars so I don't have to touch the controls but when I change things up I do.
     
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  8. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    All the time. Every time I play. I would feel handicapped without them.
    Send me your Strats and I can fix them for you. :p
     
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  9. Wayne Adams

    Wayne Adams Strat-O-Master

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    All the time. To be fair, I also use a volume pedal (or two...), but I'm constantly adjusting and tweaking, because I'm usually filling at least two guitar parts.
     
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  10. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Let me think about that. :rolleyes:
     
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  11. SurfsUp

    SurfsUp Senior Stratmaster

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    Tone. Set and forget for the most part.

    Volume, that's another story.
     
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  12. train

    train Fender 1 —the met. Silver Member

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    tone deaf- volume knob only. Tone is set and forget
     
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  13. dbb541

    dbb541 Strat-O-Master

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    I use them a little, get them set where I want and then I don't mess with them much. Usually have all knobs backed off a tiny bit. I find I mess with the knobs the most on single pickup guitars with just 1V and 1T.
     
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  14. Slunkboy

    Slunkboy Strat-Talker

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    I use the toggle with some regularity.

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  15. rake6978

    rake6978 Strat-Talker

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    I bought some "special" knobs for my guitar.
    Now my guitar's volume and tone both go to 11! :D:sneaky::thumb:
    My Junior really doesn't need a tone knob. it's always set at WFO!
    Volume will range from 7 to 10.
     
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  16. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    A Junior is just an incredible thing. :thumb:
     
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  17. StratUp

    StratUp Senior Stratmaster

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    Depends on the guitar. Some of them sit on 10 almost the time. Others (i.e. P90's) get more adjustments for both volume and tone in order to hit the sweet spot for some particular song.
     
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  18. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    On my shredders, everything is wide open. On my LP and ES335 I use the tone controls and the volume mostly when using the neck pickup.
     
  19. rake6978

    rake6978 Strat-Talker

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    I've got a 59 LP special too. bought it used in 1973 for $250.00!
    I guess I always liked that P-90 sound!
     
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  20. rolandson

    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    All the time. Every room/stage is different.
     
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