What is the Rhythm and Tremble switch for?

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by niguy1, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. snaredrum

    snaredrum V.I.P. Member

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    :laugh2::laugh2:


    i must have one. in cream though. anyone know where i could get one made?
     
  2. standard man

    standard man Senior Member

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    Mabe post count?
     
  3. River

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    Do you have a guitar with one of these switches on it?
     
  4. Sirzach

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    ah sorry, i forgot that thats the way I use it, and not everyone uses it that way. Boy,did i make an A## of myself :laugh2:
     
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    All of the above. To the OP, The rhythm direction turns on the neck pickup, and the treble turns on the bridge pickup. In between selects both.:naughty:
     
  7. River

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    But he says he can't hear the difference.
     
  8. dennistruckdriver

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    Maybe he should plug it into the amp and turn it on.
     
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    you made an A##? wouldnt that be a B?
     
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    :lol:
     
  11. rockstar232007

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    Maybe they're senile?
     
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    I have mine hooked up to one of these

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  13. lukemacauley

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    If you can't hear a difference then surely it doesn't matter. None the less, I'd go with some of Mr Truck Driver's advice, turn the amp on (and play something), no matter how crap your guitar is, you should definitely here something. If not, then maybe it's f**cked.
     
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    Yes, that is what I intended to say: that if the pickups were identical, they'd still sound different due to position; but of course they are not identical, to balance out the sound more.

    If the comments about duplicate answers were aimed at me, they're mis-aimed. I read the entire thread, I don't care about post count, and I'm just trying to be helpful. The question may have been answered, but putting it another way may help the OP, or anyone else who reads this later. Surely that's OK?
     
  15. River

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    It's fine by me.

    And the string tension is not higher at the bridge. The string tension is the string tension, period. The physics involved when a string is plucked are just a wee bit more complex than that.

    For a Rhythm/Treble switch to have no effect on output whatsoever would require that the switch be broken such that it did nothing to change the pickup configuration, or an accident of pickup characteristics that would be one in a billion. That's why I asked "do you have a guitar with that switch?".
     
  16. rockstar232007

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    Your right. I was talking about string length. This is what happens when I try to multi-task! but anyway.:eek:
     
  17. Quill

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    The op hasn't posted again ... niguy1? are you still out there?

    If the switch doesn't seem to do anything, there could easily be something wrong. I once saw a pickup switch on a friend's cheap LP copy that had the contacts stuck together on one side and a broken lead on the other, so no matter how you fiddled with it, you only got signal from one pickup.

    You could try tapping on each of the pickups with the switch in different positions to see what might be creating a signal and what might not, and it's also well worth having a look inside the switch cavity and see if anything looks corroded or broken.
     
  18. River

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    Understand. What I think you meant (and I'm digging myself here, not dictating based on some great knowledge) is that the resistance to deflection is higher the further one picks/strums from the 12th fret - in either direction. That changes the harmonics, and the fuller, deeper, and louder sounds come from picking at the 12th. Move away from it and you lose volume and low harmonics. That's why bridge pickups are usually wound for higher output, and sometimes even greater bass response. I think. :hmm:
     
  19. rockstar232007

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    Yep! That's it!:applause:

    I was half asleep when I posted, so...

    At least somebody around here can decipher my half-assed attemps to post usefull information!:thumb:
     

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