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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by MKunie, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. MKunie

    MKunie Synchromatic

    519
    Feb 8, 2012
    Las Vegas,NV USA
    Ever since I got my 6120, I cannot seem to play a guitar without a master volume, Or 1 volume knob.
    My Gretsch,Strat, Tele, It is so easy to work the knobs.
    Now, with a guitar like a LP, I adjust the bridge pup volume, but need to change it again when going to the middle position on the Pup selector,
    So I just avoid these guitars completely.
    Am I crazy?
    It just doesn't feel natural anymore to my playing and comfort level.
    1 Volume knob is the easiest,. bestest way for me. Just me irrelevant 2 cents..
     
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  2. Ebidis

    Ebidis Gretschie

    Age:
    51
    126
    Jul 30, 2017
    Alabama
    Any guitar can be wired in any way. Yo can convert a Les Paul to Gretsch style wiring if you so desire.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to each.
     
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  3. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    I have come to love my master volume Gretsches more than anything. When I go to play my Guild Starfire (love it), I don't like that LP style layout so much. Strat and Tele are fine - not much to adjust to.

    I even go so far as to say that I much prefer a mud switch over tone knob, especially since I've installed just the right capacitors to make my mud switch more useful.
     
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  4. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    I've always hated individual volumes. Just gimme one volume and one tone. That's all I need. I hate the two TONE knobs on Strats too(what a waste of space), so I make the second tone knob a blender pot.
     
  5. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

    Age:
    52
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Except the single volume pot I lost all the pots on my stage instruments.
    There is so much more tone. And it makes everything much easier , too.
    I like to think of my volume-pot as a throttle on a motorbike. Love it.
     
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  6. MKunie

    MKunie Synchromatic

    519
    Feb 8, 2012
    Las Vegas,NV USA
    Cool, I was hoping I was not the only one! Thanks!!!
     
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  7. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    61
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    Master volume, master tone and a pickup selector works for me Mark. You aren't alone my friend.
     
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  8. wabash slim

    wabash slim Country Gent

    Age:
    68
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Volume, tone, and a pickup switch---simplicity!
     
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  9. hlarry14

    hlarry14 Electromatic

    43
    Oct 7, 2009
    Colorado
    I agree, but I'm not willing to give up on my Gibsons and other guitars that have individual volume controls. I use a volume pedal for those guitars - much prefer a single volume control on the guitar, but the volume pedal does work for me on the others.
     
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  10. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    Having the master volume on the upper treble bout really suits my needs. I have a Starfire III, which sounds great, but I hate to use it on gigs because of the control layout.

    I love the mud switch too. With the right cap values it is a great way to go and is a no-load device by nature.
     
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  11. NJDevil

    NJDevil Gretschie

    272
    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    You certainly are not the only one and for a long time prefer just the volume knob.....I love Black Phoenix for that. I do love my LPs and Japanese LP clones but find that even with them I just use the master volume. There's also a lot less to think about and just let the playing happen!
     
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  12. zebulon

    zebulon Gretschie

    173
    Aug 8, 2017
    oxford
  13. somebodyelseuk

    somebodyelseuk Synchromatic

    707
    Jan 22, 2013
    Birmingham, UK
    I had a pair of ESPs Strat-a-like made a couple of decades back - one volume, one tone with the volume shifted away from the strings a inch or two. Having the volume THAT close on the Strat drives me round the bend!
     
  14. smokinop

    smokinop Electromatic

    18
    Jul 19, 2011
    Leesburg, GA
    I had my 5120 wired with 1 volume pot. The other 2 volume pots & 1 tone pot are disabled...for show only.
     
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  15. Hammerhands

    Hammerhands Country Gent

    Aug 26, 2011
    Winnipeg
    I like to be able to control the balance between the two pickups.

    Tone controls can **** off.