Non-Functional Ground Switch As A Feature

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Tremoluxer, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. Tremoluxer

    Tremoluxer Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Being the happy owner of a 1964 Princeton 6G2, I was naturally curious about the specs for the Chris Stapleton 6G2. I read several reviews, each one pointing out features the others didn't cover. Then I went to Fender.com and took a look at the manual. It is there I had to restrain myself from uncontrollable laughter. I'll let the two images tell the story.



    LOLOL

    Besides leaving that spot blank, what could be there instead? What would you have done? It's not like this is a faithful reproduction of a stock 6G2, it's anything but! Anything in the signal chain is automatically ruled out -- it can't be near the 60Hz AC. Also, a standby switch is obvious, and while unnecessary for low-power amps like this -- it's still way better than non-functional nonsense!

    My first choice would be banana jacks for plugging in a multimeter to check the bias of the 6V6s. Or a bias adjustment pot. The original 6G2s didn't have one, and it would be a lot easier to set the bias than having to reach up inside the cabinet.
     
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  2. nadzab

    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    That seems silly.
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    But it LOOKS right...right?
     
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  4. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    A non-functional switch labeled "ground" is a new one to me. I take out the old ground switches and put something like a master volume pot or post phase inverter tone control in that space.
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    You could use the switch to connect/disconnect a negative feedback loop, or replace it with a pot to vary the NFB level.
    Master volume is another good use for the hole.
     
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  6. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Strat-Talker

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    That would drive me crazy if I had a hum.
     
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  7. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Senior Stratmaster

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    I hereby christen it a Chastity Switch.
     
  8. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    I believe this might be appropriate.....:rolleyes:

    We have installed an antennae on your '66 Oldsmobile replicar. This antennae is non-functional. It was installed simply for vintage accuracy. In concert with this we have also installed a dashboard switch to raise and lower the antennae. It is merely decorative and non-functional as well. :p
     
  9. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Silver Member

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    It would drive me more crazy if I were electrocuted for lack of a proper ground...


     
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