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  • Does it bother you when an amp power switch is in the back?

    I think this is kind of a pain, especially since I sometimes have the amps situated against a wall. Even when this is not the case, it is still a slight annoyance to have to reach over and flip the switch. I have often employed a power strip to give me a second switch for greater convenience. What do you think?
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  • #2
    On the Excelsior the switch is not only on the back but at the bottom of the amp, it is a pain in the butt.



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    • #3
      Wow, that is seriously a pain. I have no idea why that was a design decision.
      Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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      • #4
        Doesn't annoy me per se but I do love convenience so I have a power strip that turns on two of my guitar amps and my pedalboard. One switch and I'm ready to go!
        Originally posted by crusty philtrum
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        • #5
          im so used to it, its second nature

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          • #6
            Switch on the back is not big deal . . . but this setup looks like a PITA:

            Originally posted by Securb View Post
            On the Excelsior the switch is not only on the back but at the bottom of the amp, it is a pain in the butt.

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            • #7
              It is a bit frustrating but once you get used to it then it's not so bad. The problem I have is remembering where the switch is on the various amps I have. Is it on the left or right? Where are the other switches and settings on those amps on the back? That gets confusing when dealing with certain amps with a lot of options on the back. It's a mess. I have a friend who his amps on racks/shelves and the background in that area has one of those big mirrors like in a dance studio. It provides visibility and makes things easier to get to and tweak if needed.
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              • #8
                Some colored duct tape on the corresponding corner or side of the amp is quite helpful if you'd rather save time/hassle than maintain a perfect Tolex appearance.
                Originally posted by crusty philtrum
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                • #9
                  my amps with back switches are all fender bf/sf or at least that style so i know that power is on the right as you reach over but this has been years of conditioning

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                    Wow, that is seriously a pain. I have no idea why that was a design decision.
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                    Originally posted by Bad City
                    He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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                    • #11
                      I don't mind if it is in the OBVIOUS position: Far top right corner. I just put a tab of tape on top to mark it.
                      Originally posted by Bad City
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                      • #12
                        Certainly the back top is more tolerable than the back bottom, especially either on a dark stage or if the amp is up against a wall at home or in a studio.
                        Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                          Wow, that is seriously a pain. I have no idea why that was a design decision.
                          Keeping the switch near the entrance of AC into the unit saves money and is easier to build. I've had old stereo receivers that had a front panel power "switch" that was connected via a long piece of plastic to the actual switch on the back where the AC came in.

                          Back to the original question. Anything different than the classic Fender orientation of power and stand-by on the back would annoy me. But yeah, on the front is better.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jeremy View Post
                            im so used to it, its second nature
                            You are also 7 feet tall. When your amp is taller than you the Fender thing is a pain in the butt.



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                            • #15
                              ha! get yo self some platforms my man

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