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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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How to decrease natural tone settings on PGM guitars?

Hello everyone,

So I am a more classically trained guitarist who took a forray into electric guitars a few years ago, but I am still weak on the tech side of things. As you all may or may not know, the PGM series lacks a tone knob. My question is, is there anything that I could do to soften up the tone? Thank you.

Also, is this the correct thread, or should I put this in the Tech section?

Sincerely,

Jon

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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Re: How to decrease natural tone settings on PGM guitars?

Greetings.

A couple of thoughts off the cuff here:

If there's a treble-bleed cap on the volume knob in the stock wiring, you could remove that. The result is that, when lowering the volume, even very slightly, there's a disproportionately larger drop in audible higher frequencies (the very thing the bleed cap is meant to prevent, of course).
That way, a very slight 'crack' in your volume setting will yield a 'mellower' sound right off the bat.

Another possibility, a bit more advanced; you could replace the volume with a stacked concentric pot, wherein one part is wired as the volume, and the other, a tone control. No new holes in the guitar, and a fully reversible modification.

Let me know if either of those fits the bill.
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Re: How to decrease natural tone settings on PGM guitars?

Your best solution in the EQ on your amp. If you can't dial in what you're looking for there, the next step is adding an EQ pedal to the chain.



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Re: How to decrease natural tone settings on PGM guitars?

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Another possibility, a bit more advanced; you could replace the volume with a stacked concentric pot, wherein one part is wired as the volume, and the other, a tone control. No new holes in the guitar, and a fully reversible modification.

Cheers.

+1 did that with a MII. Works fine
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Re: How to decrease natural tone settings on PGM guitars?

When I first began playing, I was not able to figure out why my clean sound was just not to my liking, I found that just by lowering the volume helps alot.

X2 on the Concentric knob, and or the EQ pedal. One or the other may do the trick. and You never know If you do both, you're tone could be what your looking for or better. But dont forget it could be vise versa and not be close.

My thought is: You have to experiment. Its the only way through trial and error to get a sound you are looking for. It can get expensive, please note.
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Re: How to decrease natural tone settings on PGM guitars?

The other option would be to replace the 500K volume pot with a lower value one, 300 or 250K might do the job?

Or does that only work for tone pots?
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Re: How to decrease natural tone settings on PGM guitars?

Lower value volume pot would definitely bleed off a bit of top end, as well, so that's a good option as well.
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