Strat Volume position

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  1. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Senior Stratmaster

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    Although I love Strats the one thing that I hate, absolutely hate is where Leo put the volume knob - in such close proximity to the strings.
    I anchor my picking hand with my pinky right next the volume and invariably I always bump it. I cannot avoid it. Anyone have this problem and how did you overcome this?
    I like the two tones and think they’re absolutely necessary so moving the volume to the second hole and elimination a tone is not really an option.
     
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  2. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    Have you considered stacked tone pots?
    Or drilling a new hole into the pickguard to move the volume to?
     
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  3. Martins Strat

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    This comes up every now again around here. The easiest solution seems to be tucking a little bit of foam or sponge below the volume knob between the knob and the pickguard, it just adds some friction and stops it getting bumped.
    I hear you can also get higher friction pots, it’s never been an issue to me though so I haven’t looked into it.
     
  4. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Get stacked concentric tone pots. Move the volume pot to the tone pot hole. You can find pop-in hole covers at some hardware stores.

    Which reminds me I need to do that on my Strat too. I have a master tone and an armstrong blender set up right now that I am keeping.

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  5. Stephen James

    Stephen James Strat-Talker Vendor Member

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    I can make/have made pickguards that have less spacing between the knobs, making them closer together, and that keeps all the knobs slightly out of reach.. Great for me but not as good if you have 'Andre the Giant' hands..

    Here is one of them:

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  6. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Get a Telecaster.
     
  7. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    I don't have that problem with strats. I do hvae problems with the telecaster and the proximity between the pickup selector and volume knob. I find the selector switch difficult to grab whn going from bridge pickup, it's so close to the volume knob that I can't get my finger behind it, so I must try and grab it between thumb and middle finger. Just less than half an inch more separation would have fixed that...
     
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  8. nederemer

    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    You really should try to play without your hand anchored. This will allow you to pickslant which is the gateway to advanced alternate picking across strings.
     
  9. Martins Strat

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    I don’t often flick between pickups but on the Tele but when I do I find that to be a pain too. I don’t know why it’s designed like that, there’s loads of space to move to volume a bit closer to the tone too.
     
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    While I agree about expanding one's ability, there are some, albeit more aggressive, songs I like to play that require palm-muting on the edge of the bridge to get just the right level of mute, and the traditional volume location usually gets in the way of that..

    Going with an empty first hole (or putting a low profile bolt in there or something) and having a stacked tone is a good workaround though..
     
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    Jerseystratfiend Senior Stratmaster

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    Interesting looking Strat.
     
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  12. AngeloEvs

    AngeloEvs Strat-Talker

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    .......remove offending knob and use a low cost volume pedal with a good old fashioned potentiometer in it. No Guitar Mods needed.
     
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    sjperry54 Strat-Talk Member

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    My solution. Master volume and master tone.

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  14. DeMelo

    DeMelo Senior Stratmaster

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    Just a matter of habit. No better guitar if you use the volume knob for dynamics and scooping gain.

    At first it’s odd. Then you switch to a Les Paul or anything of that sort and Voilá: it’s a pain in the butt to sort the volume or gain in the middle of a song.
     
  15. Stratoskater

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    Strat volume knob is in the perfect position if you actually want use the volume control while playing. All other guitars are a pain to reach while playing and hard as hell to do volume swells. I guess if you’re a leave it on 10 all the time player and pick/strum wildly then I guess it could be a bad location.
     
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    Sure you can. ;)

    Adjusted my technique so I didn't hit it.
     
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    That takes care of that!!
     
  18. ThebiggestJerk

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    got one... that’s a solution I like.
     
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    I love my LP but I hate the audio taper pot. I like going from 1 to 2 to 3... not 1 to 7.
     
  20. thomquietwolf

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    I'm intrigued by this picture...
    Intrigued....