How to Use the Controls on a Les Paul

Discussion in 'Tonefreaks' started by Splattle101, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Smylie

    Smylie Junior Member

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    All I can say is WOW.... Tweeted this vid out..... It's awesome!
     
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    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    Another good one:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUdq59CRcxk]Single-pickup guitar review round-up: modern electrics vs 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior - YouTube[/ame]
     
  3. Splattle101

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    What a great thread thank you for posting this!! I love the playing example videos as well.
     
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    Very well put. Thought it was worth repeating!

    Thanks for the great post.
     
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    Thought Joe B. did an excellent job on the same subject.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkGCvLstPrE"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkGCvLstPrE[/ame]
     
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    wow that's a nice tutorial !! I need to experiment with this...
    But it makes me think that it's not robotic tuners that I'd like on my LP...
     
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  9. Splattle101

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    I find it works for Fenders, Marshalls, Vox, Orange, what have you. If it's not working for you with a Mesa then...try something different. :D
     
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    This is a great thread! Thank you so much Splattle101 :) I am learning something every day on MLP :)
     
  11. Bill Hicklin

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    Anyone have similar suggestions for a master-tone axe like an Explorer or Vee?
     
  12. Splattle101

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    As a general rule, from the guitar you can always cut treble. You can't add it.

    So if the amp isn't set bright enough for what you need, you can't do anything about that from the guitar. You'd have to readjust the amp.

    But if the amp is set too bright for what you want, you can cut the treble by turning down the tone control.

    So if it were me, I'd set the amp so the darkest sound from the guitar sounds good. That means adjusting the amp to suit the neck pickup. When you go to the bridge you can turn the tone down if you need to.
     
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    I always start with all controls on guitar set at approx 6 to 7 (and vol pedal backed off a bit). You can add or cut anything then. Why does everyone start from dimed? This is an incredibly long thread for something so simple.
     
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    Too much to comprehend all at once, so I did a Copy/Paste to a document. I need to sit down and try stuff one at a time.
    Thanks.
     
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    and another:
     
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    +1. JD Simo is the best old school Les Paul player around now, bar none, and probably the best guitarist of my generation. His tone, touch, technique and overall command of the instrument are just insane, and his joyful reverence for the music that inspired him comes across in every note he plays.
     
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    Where do you guys end up with your Tones numerically on the dial?

    I usually have the Neck Tone rolled back to #8, or "Off" for The Woman Tone.

    I usually have the Bridge Tone no higher than #6.5, but it is often down around #4.

    Volumes are all over the map, usually always under #10 with an amp set to clean up or get angry via those controls.

    I've got a set of WIZZ PAFs, a MSSC wiring set-up with the Russian caps all of which I find way more responsive than what was stock in 2011.

    After you set up yours by ear how do the numbers look?
     
  18. Splattle101

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    With a given amp at given settings, the actual control positions vary widely from guitar to guitar, depending on the taper of the pots and the pickups. But it also varies widely with different amp settings.

    For example, I might turn up the guitar to 10, then turn up the amp until it JUST crunches when I hit a big chord. At those settings, a little nudge of the vol control will produce a clean sound. But if I crank the amp then I might have to turn the guitar down to 2 to get a really clean sound.

    It all depends, and I am always adjusting the amp by ear, just like I tune by ear even if I'm using a tuner. That's because I don't care if the machine tells me it's in tune; if my ear tells me it's out of tune then it is! I don't play for the benefit of the machine. It's the same with the amp and guitar settings. I don't turn down to 5 and insist it's clean if it isn't. :D
     
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    Thanks! Great info.
     
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    This is pretty much the best thread ever!
     

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