How to Use the Controls on a Les Paul

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

  1. Splattle101

    Splattle101 V.I.P. Member

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    Yes, it should work. If it doesn't work as well as you want, then examine your wiring, pots and components. After that you can worry about your pickups.
     
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    Thanks Spattle, great to see another Aussie in here. Best advice I've heard in years
     
  3. Crusader Rabbit

    Crusader Rabbit Senior Member

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    20 years of playing (admittedly nothing pro) and I just tried this...

    There is a palm print on my forehead.

    :shock:*Selfheadslap*:shock:

    And now I look at it, it's one of the most obvious things you could do...

    Thanks Splattle, that's why I love these forums.
     
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    Geetarpicker Member

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    A cool thread on something that somehow these days fell out of style...

    That said I give it a :thumb:

    Glen Kuykendall
     
  5. cooljuk

    cooljuk Transducer Producer Premium Member MLP Vendor

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    Dude, you're playing rocks! :applause:
     
  6. BlueHeaven

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    +1...and I'm MORE than a little jealous of your rig!
     
  7. IndySouthPaw

    IndySouthPaw Senior Member

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    Splattie is that you buddy?! This is Alex from the US who worked at Astra and jammed with you in Greece (Harmony). Funny to find you here and good comment. I watched that same youtube a while ago and would have to agree! Miss you mate
     
  8. Splattle101

    Splattle101 V.I.P. Member

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    Hi mate,

    No, that's not me. I was never jammin in Greece, sorry to say.

    cheers,
    Splat
     
  9. IndySouthPaw

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    Well sorry buddy. I don't know there were a bunch of you "Splatty's" running around! hahahaha. Hey you should check out Joe Bonamassa. He is another great example of a 4 knob player. He has some of the best tone out there. People compare it to the dumble amps but he has taken it further and made it his own. He uses no push pulls or any extra knobs; just his 2 tone controls and 2 volumes. youtube some of his stuff at Rockaplast. Sometimes he only plays with his volume knobs like an old Jeff Beck thing.
     
  10. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Great post, and yeah, I was surprised to see four pages go past before Beck got a mention. Working out to his CDs taught me a lot about working volumes. This will help even further.

    Thanks!
     
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    bill bokey Junior Member

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    Great post, thanks so much !
     
  12. Splattle101

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    No wucken forries. :thumb:
     
  13. bill bokey

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    I've only very recently started using the controls on my guitars and actually not all of them have controls. My number one has to pups a 5 way switch and....that's it !
    So when I read your post I followed your tip with my MIK LP copy and my Superbass Stack and I really loved it ! I now need to learn how to use the tone as I had never touched it but those volume tricks are great.
    I'm definetely gonna spend more time on the Les Paul and the 335 now, thanks to you.

    MERCI ! :applause:
     
  14. acstorfer

    acstorfer Senior Member

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    How about explaining a couple of my BC Rich's? Ha!

    [​IMG]

    Actually, once you get the hang of em, there is nothing you can't do with these.
     
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    matthornet Senior Member

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    I've heard quite a few guitarist in my locale that wields their guitars like "ice picks"!

    Ice Picks I tell ya!! Out to pierce & deafen innocent ears in fury & vengeful authority...


    *couldn't find a picture of treble knob on 11...
     
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    very interesting, thank you... :thumb:
     
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    Wow man, I am impresed with your choice. Can you please tell me how much did you invest on both of these?
     
  18. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Having spent a few weeks following the advice in this thread, I gotta say it's helpful. I play with settings all the time, but the stuff in here will certainly come in handy. Thanks.
     
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    being that i only use single channel amps (Orange OD and JCM800), i use my toggle on the LP as a "channel switcher".

    since i'm more of a metal influenced player, my amps are set to ROAR! my bridge pickup is usually on 10 and i use that for all of my heavy rhythm work. i'll keep my neck volume very low and use that as a clean channel and then the middle position is for semi-clean/dirty tones. i do prefer soloing on the neck pickup so i'll roll up the volume when needed.

    i'm so addicted to this behavior, that i can really only play LPs of Tele Deluxes with the same wiring.

    i learned this from from watching Karma to Burn back in the mid-90's at dive bars during college.
     
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    With the stock wiring in my LP classic, this worked well. With jonesy's 50's kit, it's amazing. No mud, just classic LP tones. Thanks for this post.
     

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