Why is the 5-way switch numbering the opposite of Tone knobs numbering?

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  1. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Senior Stratmaster

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    The only numbers that matter are the ones on the knobs. Everything else is common sence.
     
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    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Fender has service diagrams that number switch positions starting with 1 = bridge and don't number the tone controls. They have other service diagrams that don't number the switch positions and designate Tone 1 and Tone 2 for those controls.

    If both types of service diagrams come together, the universe explodes.
     
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    dscottyg Strat-O-Master

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    And the high E string is below the low E string.
     
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    See that may be where the position numbers came from. The high e is the 1st string and the low E is the 6th. The 1st string is on the bottom so switch position 1 is on the bottom of the selector. Also remember the 5 way switch didn’t come around for a while so they probably referred to it for the most part as bridge middle and neck I’d imagine.
     
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    Back in '53 - '54, everyone wanted a 'Vette, Thunderbird, Pontiac Chieftain, etc... but many found they had to put up with a Ford F 100 .. which evolved into the F 150 today.. Interestingly, today the vehicle chosen by more of the very affluent than any other "ride" is the Ford F 150.. in a world where a litany of "better" vehicles abound... Kinda makes ya say, Hummmm?

    I reckon that's why Leo came out with the sleek, advanced, "beautiful" Strat when the more pedestrian Tele was sitting "on the bench".. yet here we are today.. while the Strat has indeed left it's imprint on the world of Pop music, the Tele has consistently proven it's up to about any task one chooses to ask of it..

    I guess it just goes to prove we are advancing as a species, as we embrace what we have left behind.. evolution continues... Sometimes it's advantageous to drag our knuckles.
     
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    Not all of the time.
    i have one T-type with a reverse control plate to put the volume knob closer to my little finger for swells,
    and i also wired the switch backwards to have the rearmost position select the neck pickup
    in order to get it out of the way of the tone knob (i use the neck pickup the most).
    Both pickups are also P90s.
    It's quite 'contrarian', but not entirely unusual. i've been playing that one quite a lot recently.
    And as for numbered knobs... ummm... it's a T-type. The knobs are knurled metal.
     
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    Why is the top string the bottom string and the bottom string the top string?
     
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    Because you pluck them up and down.
     
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    I’ve got a rubber plant, never got a rubber off it either.
     
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    What if you're sitting down?
     
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    Going up the numbers, turning the knob clockwise, increases treble. If the numbers went the other way would it indicate turning clockwise, going down the numbers, was decreasing bass?
     
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    I tend to hold the guitar in the same orientation standing or sitting. I regularly pluck up whilst playing.
     
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    Why are they called pickups? It's not like you can drive them or haul wood or furniture.
     
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    I’ve never seen them standing on street corners either.
     
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    Exactly!

    When I go for a....drive...yes, a drive, I never shout out 'is your name Fat 50's, I shout out how much.
     
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    This thread may be closed very soon………………………..Fat 50’s? Not my type, whatever the price.
     
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    I'm sure some clever fella with an advanced degree of some sort has a more technical answer. Mine answer simply.....because that's the way it was built.

    Now get off my stage.....:mad:. :D
     
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