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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by TheBiggestJerk, Jan 29, 2020.
Yes, I agree - it's also a positive point of the Gretsch design about the MV on the lower bout.
It’s a Gretsch - you get used to it. The mud switch vs the pickup selector switch messes me up more
Owning and loving both the G2420T and the G5420T I have to admit that the Streamliner beats the Electromatic in terms of neck volum access:
As others have said, I go full on with the pickup volumes and work the master volume. I usually keep it at about 70-80% on my jet and near or at full on my 5420.
Yep, I agree.
I only have controls on one Gretsch that are confusing to figure out. Lol
I like the master volume right where it is on gretsch. I have a 6120 now with a mud switch which I have found to be a lot more useful than I imagined.
When I had my 5420 I never used the lower three knobs. I never felt like they really did anything. Just went from loud to muffled.
Yep, I too love the mud switch. I would like to have it on my Phoenix, but don't get me thinking about that! Lol
i love the master volume position on most gretsch guitars, it's in the perfect place on my green thingy.
big fam of the master volume.
Big fan of the mud switch.
I rarely touch the individual pickup volumes and would like to replace them with cruise control to regulate my playing speed and air conditioning.
Well, I don't know.
I always played with all volumes (master/pickups) full up, the amp volume set in a way I wouldn't kill people, using pedals to boost for solos.
Recently, a thread on this forum got me curious about using the amp volume the way it should be (master dimed, preamp at noon, and I'm talking about a 50w amp) using the master volume (or the pickup volume, on non-Gretsch guitars) to achieve clean sound, dirty sound and solo sound. It's a bit more complicated (and loud ) than my usual style of play, but I love to learn new things. I discovered that, especially on my Rally, I could obtain a sound richer of harmonics (especially when cleaning up the Hi-Lo tron) than with my usual setup. And this would work (on a less effective scale) also for my P90s and Dyna equipped guitars.
At some point, I found out that reaching Gretsch master volume it's not as easy as reach a Gibson-Layout pickup volume. Considering that I'm almost always on my bridge pickup, that knob position (close to the Bigsby handle) really suits me better than a MV Gretsch position.
For now, I do better leaving the master alone, so probably having it on a different layout (let's say on the knobs closer to the handle) would allow me to use both pickups easily. Now it's not really different as I'm always on the bridge volume alone and the other pickup is off, but I admit I even though about modify the master position on my Rally
Maybe I just need some practice.
I only use the master volume so i got rid of the rest....Keep it Simple!
When your playing try touching knobs that give ya problems just to associate space.. my hand searches for my bigsby when I swap guitars cuz there not all at same height...
I gotta Jet Club in a swap a while back because I really liked the tone and feel of it. It is very basic with 2 knobs, a single tone and volume control below the bridge. I rewired it with concentric knobs so I can now control tone and volume for each pickup, and everything is still near the bridge. I had a Tennessean many years ago and found the master volume placement a bit awkward, bit as someone else mentioned, it just takes motor memory.
Locations are not an issue for me. They work well but I don’t do volume swells. I set my individual pickup volumes and the master tone and don’t need to touch them again.
I use the master primarily with the 2 volumes and tone control up all the way. Sometimes I back off the
bridge volume a little when in the neck + bridge position. I set the amp controls to the neck pickup sound
wanted and that works fine for the other positions. I put a bleeder capacitor on the master volume control
and that works really well preventing muffled sound when turning down the master.
I replaced the individual volume pots with individual bass cuts. These thin out the pickups in a way that sounds like going from single coil to full BT Filtertron.
I haven’t been brave enough to strip out the wiring in my Falcon yet but when I do this is my plan for this guitar too.
the effect is more subtle than it sounds and really easy to implement. Well worth trying if you find the individual volume pots useless.