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  • 2 Pickup & 3 Controls - What is your preference?

    If you have a 2 pickup guitar with 3 controls, what is your preference? Volume/Volume/Tone? Volume/Tone/Tone? Volume/Blend/Tone? Single Volume/Master Volume/Tone? Anything else?

    Bonus question: Any preferences on which position is which pickup? For tones, logical placement works for me but for volumes it’s just weird for me to reach for the 2nd knob to mute the bridge, when I’m on it over 75% of the time.

    I’m on the precipice of ordering another body, I don’t want an extra hole that I find useless.
    24
    V/V/T
    58.33%
    14
    V/T/T
    12.50%
    3
    V/B/T
    8.33%
    2
    Other dual volume (add comment)
    8.33%
    2
    Other master volume/dual tone
    0%
    0
    V/T/EQ
    0%
    0
    Other (detail below)
    12.50%
    3
    Rob Option
    0%
    0
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  • #2
    i have a few of these. i have v, v, master tone in some cases, v, v, bridge only tone in one guitar, and mv, mt, with mini switch for splitting

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jeremy View Post
      i have a few of these. i have v, v, master tone in some cases, v, v, bridge only tone in one guitar, and mv, mt, with mini switch for splitting
      Volume/Volume/Bridge Tone is interesting, definitely slipped my mind to only have a single tone if you never roll one back, and it’s still preset for a switch like a Les Paul/SG.
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      • #4
        i have a hamer monaco elite and wanted to be able to dial down the highs on the antiquity bridge without messing up the seth neck (i think, or pgn, cant remember at the moment since its covered) and the neck pup sounded great without a tone control. once both pups are on, you have a tone control again.

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        • #5
          My vote goes to one volume, and two tones. I like having a single volume that controls all the pickups, and often like to use different capacitor values on the neck (usually a regular .033 or .022 for knocking off highs) vs bridge (really small - .015 to .01 which ends up giving kind of a mid boost when turned down) for tone.
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          • #6
            Volume
            Volume
            Concentric cut/boost active bass/treble
            It sounds great right now! Lets see if we can break it!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
              Volume
              Volume
              Concentric cut/boost active bass/treble
              Interesting thought.

              What about Master Volume / Midrange / Bass & Treble?
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              • #8
                Funny thing about two volumes: It seems natural on a Gibson, but I played a KH-602 the other day, and it kept throwing me off. I think I have come to expect a Fender-shaped guitar to have one volume.
                It sounds great right now! Lets see if we can break it!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PFDarkside View Post

                  Interesting thought.

                  What about Master Volume / Midrange / Bass & Treble?
                  I would fiddle with it too much. I have one guitar with master volume and the dual-concentric active bass/treble, and it is just about right for me if I am using active pickups.
                  It sounds great right now! Lets see if we can break it!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
                    Funny thing about two volumes: It seems natural on a Gibson, but I played a KH-602 the other day, and it kept throwing me off. I think I have come to expect a Fender-shaped guitar to have one volume.
                    It was looking at that guitar that made me ask the question. I think it’s the placement of the bridge volume that is odd to me. Same with the Explorer or V.

                    Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post

                    I would fiddle with it too much. I have one guitar with master volume and the dual-concentric active bass/treble, and it is just about right for me if I am using active pickups.
                    What pickups/electronics?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PFDarkside View Post
                      It was looking at that guitar that made me ask the question.
                      That is a nice guitar. Surprise touch: The battery cover is held on with machine screws that go into threaded body inserts.

                      Originally posted by PFDarkside View Post
                      What pickups/electronics?
                      EMG 85 neck, 81 bridge, 9 volts, 3-way toggle, EMG BTC Control. It is made for bass, but it you might like for guitar; I do.
                      It sounds great right now! Lets see if we can break it!

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                      • #12
                        I'm the one who voted for the V/B/T setup. I like the idea of a blend control. I think I'm going to try it in my 3-pot Vantage VP795. I've got the EMG ABC control that might work nicely in there.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post

                          That is a nice guitar. Surprise touch: The battery cover is held on with machine screws that go into threaded body inserts.



                          EMG 85 neck, 81 bridge, 9 volts, 3-way toggle, EMG BTC Control. It is made for bass, but it you might like for guitar; I do.
                          It’s like you are reading my mind.
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                          • #14
                            Guitar: V/T/T
                            Bass: V/V/T

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                            • #15
                              Bridge vol > Neck vol > Tone is best for me. My DGT is the most convenient arrangement to allow balancing in middle position.
                              Even after nearly forty years with a Moderne and later on Explorers too, having the second knob control the bridge seems unnatural.
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