Tone Controls On Guitar. WHY???

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  1. Scott A Novak

    Scott A Novak Junior Member

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    I've never understood why they put low pass filters on a guitar. My amplifiers have all had tone controls. In the early 70's, for more tone control, I built a preamp with graphic equalizer. The tone control on my guitars just seemed like a nuisance.

    Do the tone controls on your guitar do anything useful that you cannot already do with your amplifier's tone controls?

    Do any of you change the tone control setting on your guitar in the middle of a song?

    Do any of you change the tone control setting on your guitar from song to song?
     
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    elephantrider Senior Member

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    i use them all the time to add or take away textures. nothing like rolling off the volume
    and putting in some tone for some awesome sounds. rarely do i change my amp settings.
     
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    PierM Premium Member

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    Yes, you just replied your own question, since the "tone" on the guitar has nothing to do with the tone on the amp.
    Yes, vol/tone are controls to fine shape your sound (especially in a 2Vol/2Tone system), prior the amp.
    Yes, absolutely.
     
  4. LesPauI+SG=Win

    LesPauI+SG=Win Senior Member

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    I am ALWAYS playing with both my volume and tone knobs on my guitars, even throughout the same piece. You're missing out on a lot of tonal variations by not using these tools...
     
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    Thundermtn Senior Member

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    If you ever put a JPP harness into a LP you'll have multiple tone knob levels preset in your head for each of the sounds you can get just with the guitar.

    I too make the amp sound as good as possible and leave it alone.
     
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    LPMarshall Hack Senior Member

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    All knobs on full. Always.
     
  7. bungle

    bungle Senior Member

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    Need tone control to dial in tonezes. Not sure if serious :squint: but :welcome: to MLP anyways. Many answers to many questions here;)
     
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    OldBenKenobi Senior Member

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    Yes, yes and yes.
     
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    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Yessir,this right here!
     
  10. Freddy G

    Freddy G V.I.P. Member

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    Why a volume control? Your amp has a volume control. Can't you imagine how cool it would look when you have to stand beside your amp every time you want to do a volume swell? :slap:
     
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    Sometimes you need the adjustable warmth/flavor a tone control adds be it in a rhythm or in the solo. Can't just walk over to your amp mid song to adjust eh? Volume control is sort of needed to
     
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    bluesguitar1972 Senior Member

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    I'll say I rarely use tone controls, but I do use them. It's more for little adj on the fly when needed.
     
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    A stock production Gibson has a relatively limit sweep of useful tone settings- IMHO. It is 75% mud— 20% less mud - and 5% that is getting interesting.
     
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    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Not sure if trolling or...
    trolling.
     
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    When gigging, I use tone and volume controls, on the guitar, all the time, in the beginning, middle and end of a song and from song to song. For each LP that I gig with, I have also replaced the stock harness with a Jonesy Blues 50s harness. That makes all the difference in the world. Tones and volumes have never sounded so sweet. A great night is when I don't have to adjust the amp at all.
     
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    I find that to be true almost 50% of the time:cheers2:
     
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    ehb Chief Discombobulator Gold Supporter Premium Member

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    So you can attenuate the too much but you cannot create the ain't there.
     
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    Yairs, I'd like to drop a 4-knobber in my old HH Roadstar II, for more sculpting possibilities :yesway:
     
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    I can't imagine not having tone controls on my guitar. I guess if I had a third arm and could stand a foot away from my amp all night I could twiddle amp controls instead but...... well you know.
     

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