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    Default Tone Control Mod

    I found this and thought you guys might be interested ...

    According to the author ... "disconnecting the tone pot can help to bring out some extra response and clarity with the higher output pickups such as the Gibson 498T or 500T, Seymour Duncan models Duncan Custom, Duncan Distortion, or similar."

    There is a mod at the bottom of page of this link which shows how to modify your potentiometer so there is a "cut-off" when your tone control is turned to "10".

    I thought it was a pretty cool idea and just wanted to pass it along.
    Wolfgang owners with tone controls may want to check it out.

    http://www.lespaulforum.com/finalframes/frameset.htm

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    Just noticed the link brings you to the main page.

    Click on "Hot Rod Shop"
    Then go to "Potentiometers DeMystified"

    If someone can attach a direct link, that would be cool.
    I can't seem to be able to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    If someone can attach a direct link, that would be cool.
    I can't seem to be able to do it.

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    Well shit, I thought this was another thread about OLO...oops
    Just go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmstang View Post

    That's not it ...
    The mod is located at the bottom of the page.

    I'll link it myself when I get home tonight.
    I should have waited to post this.
    Sorry for the confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yerfdog View Post
    That works.
    Thanks bro.


    Again, to see the mod ... go straight to the bottom of the page.

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    Its the same link I posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmstang View Post
    Its the same link I posted.
    I'm sorry ... you're right.
    I thought you simply posted a picture (and the wrong picture at that)


    Thanks for your help.

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    The guy who helps with a lot of my custom guitars actually encourages the wiring of a tone pot--even if it will only be hidden in the control cavity--because he believes something about how it helps bring out more range from the pickups (or something like that). I've never been one to subscribe to the idea that MORE circuitry is good (more things to pass though = more things that can be affected or changed), but I'm by no means an expert at all. Just thought I'd throw his thoughts out there since they seem to be quite differing from what we more commonly hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    The guy who helps with a lot of my custom guitars actually encourages the wiring of a tone pot--even if it will only be hidden in the control cavity--because he believes something about how it helps bring out more range from the pickups (or something like that). I've never been one to subscribe to the idea that MORE circuitry is good (more things to pass though = more things that can be affected or changed), but I'm by no means an expert at all. Just thought I'd throw his thoughts out there since they seem to be quite differing from what we more commonly hear.
    Well AT ... the tone mod posted would probably settle that arguement.

    I personally think it all depends on the guitar, player, and type of music you play ...

    If you're playing modern rock or a variety of different stuff, I'm sure a tone control may come in handy from time to time.
    But for me personally, a tone control is pretty much a waste.
    I use a volume control for just about everything.
    I've found that while it rasies and lowers volume, it also has "sweet spots" which allow you to go from overdrive to cleaner sounds without really having all that much effect on the volume. And to my ears, it also works relative to tone as well.

    Am I the only one who hears these things?

    Anyway ... I just thought this was a pretty cool mod that may just help offer some folks the best of both worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    Well AT ... the tone mod posted would probably settle that arguement.

    I personally think it all depends on the guitar, player, and type of music you play ...

    If you're playing modern rock or a variety of different stuff, I'm sure a tone control may come in handy from time to time.
    But for me personally, a tone control is pretty much a waste.
    I use a volume control for just about everything.
    I've found that while it rasies and lowers volume, it also has "sweet spots" which allow you to go from overdrive to cleaner sounds without really having all that much effect on the volume. And to my ears, it also works relative to tone as well.

    Am I the only one who hears these things?

    Anyway ... I just thought this was a pretty cool mod that may just help offer some folks the best of both worlds.
    No, you're not the only one who hears those things. I can think of one time in the last 12 years where I actually used the tone knob on my guitar; it was for a "conceptual" type track on a film score piece, and I could have just as easily accomplished the dark and "thick" sound I was going for another way if the tone knob hadn't been there. We so often read a lot of pickup reviews right here at the Links about how much certain pickups clean up (or how we'd like them to) when one rolls the volume back because that's something a lot of us are using.

    On two of my custom re-built Wolfgang Specials, I added tone knobs (in the exact same location as the Wolf standards, of course, so my habitual "volume down, tone up" hand pose would not be thrown off). The idea was to make those guitars more versatile. I've never used the tone knob on either... whatta ya gonna do?

 

 

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