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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2012, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
 
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Selector switch position....

Doesn't matter if it's a JS, or RG... I tend to use the bridge pickup, and the neck pickup only... 5 way fully up or fully down.... Anyone else do this or do u guys utilise the other positions?..... Also on the JS I never split the coils either....and my tone is always on full...

Keen to see what u guys use....
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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For me it depends on what mood I'm in.

This is on the RG

Mostly I use position 2,3,4 for clean sounds, perhaps some overdrive but very rarely.

Neck I use mainly for slow and passionate stuff I really dig the sound of it on a clean channel aswell.

Bridge, Probably used the most, from riffing to solos!

I really like the H-S-H combination, you can get so many sounds from it in one guitar. lovely!
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Re: Selector switch position....

I use bridge for power chords, riffs, solos, and neck for high gain solos. 2, 4 and even neck for cleans, I never use 3 by itself. I'll play the split positions while adjusting the SC to color them to my liking, I think it's very useful, but there was a time when I ignored everything but 1&5. I can actually get more variation from an H-H setup using a 5 way multipole switch than I can from a stock H-S-H.
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Re: Selector switch position....

I never use 2 or 4. rarely use 3.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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Re: Selector switch position....

I only use the neck for clean and may sometimes use abit of gain for slow emotional stuff.
I use the bridge all the time with full gain and tone on full,its wierd how i feel im missing out if everything isnt on full.If i turn everthing down it just sounds to reserved for my tastes.I dont rearly use other positions.
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1,2 & 5 for me - But i love the coil tap feature - Particularly on the neck humbucker.
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On my RG (HSH, no coil splitting):

85% of the time I use the bridge humbucker with distortion. The other 15% is split between the middle single coil and the neck humbucker when I want to change it up a bit.

When I am playing clean, 95% of the time I am using the middle single coil.

Positions 2 and 4 are just for when I want to change it up, and almost always are used clean. And even then, I rarely use them.

On my RT (HSH, coil splitting):

Sometimes I split the coils and use distortion when I am playing Far Beyond the Sun because Yngwie uses single coils, but that's about it. I think distortion sounds better with humbuckers.

Positions 2 and 4 are just for when I want to change it up, and almost always are used clean. And even then, I rarely use them.

Are positions 2 and 4 cool? Yeah. Is coil splitting cool? Yeah. But would their absence keep me from buying a guitar that otherwise played really well? No.

Then again, I also look at those bridge humbucker only guitars (meaning that's the only pickup they have) and think "I would never get one of those because they would limit the sounds you can use!"

I find comfort in knowing that I have other options even if I don't use them very often
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I play a single channel amp, so the 2 and 4 positions do a great job of cleaning it up. The neck and bridge I use for high gain stuff, mostly bridge below the 12th fret and neck above it to keep from getting shrill.

After playing an HSH with a 5 way I could never switch back. Going from highly saturated metal tone to 'Centrifugal Funk' style cleans without the use of a pedal or switching channels is a great experience.

It's hard to explain, but I find that it's easier to stay focused when all of my tone control is in my guitar. It gets down to the root of things: you and the guitar. No pedals, no tweaking and balancing multiple channels, no BS.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-19-2012, 01:06 AM
 
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I've got a couple of my guitars with the 5 way out of the x20 series guitars and two humbuckers. These switches go from bridge series - bridge neck split - bridge neck series - neck parallel - neck series.

In these guitars I use all except for the neck bridge series. Not sure why. The music I play with my band just seems to work that way. Most of the time it's bridge series, and occassional neck series. The neck parallel and split options are for specific parts in specific songs.

On my HSH guitars it's bridge series mostly, neck series for some soloing, and depending on the pickups I'll use the single with split neck or bridge. Just depends on the tones of the humbuckers when split. All of my guitars have different pickup combos. In saying that I just installed a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder flat in the middle of my RG470, and I'm loving the tone of it all by itself for some things.

With regards to tone knobs, I don't use them, and all but one of my guitars (RG550 20th Ann) don't even have one installed.
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With regards to tone knobs, I don't use them, and all but one of my guitars (RG550 20th Ann) don't even have one installed.
So if you don't have (or remove) a tone knob, what tone setting is that equivalent to? Can you adjust where it will be fixed at or does it default to 5 or 10 or something?
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I find it interesting that so many use the neck pickup for soloing. I only use it for soloing if I'm doing something low gain. Cause then the bridge pickup just gets a bit too bright. For mid to high gain solos, it's all the bridge pickup, specially so that I can have all the harmonics at any time I want easily. Also, basically all the high gain stuff is done with the bridge pickup. The neck position is for the cleans and crunch sounds. I'll occasionally play with positions 2, 3 and 4, but not often and only with clean sounds.

As far as the tone knobs go, I like to have them there. Usually don't run stuff at max either. About 7 or 8. Sometimes I like to roll it off a bit to make the guitar less in your face.
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So if you don't have (or remove) a tone knob, what tone setting is that equivalent to? Can you adjust where it will be fixed at or does it default to 5 or 10 or something?
The Tone knob at 10 is supposed to essentially bypass the tone (0 resistance). Having the tone knob in the circuit however still puts a load on the overall tone of the pickup. Taking the tone knob out actually brightens the overall tone a little bit. This works nicely for me.

I do however in one guitar have a switch that makes my volume pot what I call a "two stage potentiometer", switching between 500K and 250K. I did this for testing out the Seymour Duncan JB, which was initially designed to be used with 250K pots. 250K smooths out the harsh mids and highs that the JB can have in some guitars with a 500K pot. This is the closest I get to a tone control!
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The Tone knob at 10 is supposed to essentially bypass the tone (0 resistance). Having the tone knob in the circuit however still puts a load on the overall tone of the pickup. Taking the tone knob out actually brightens the overall tone a little bit. This works nicely for me.

I do however in one guitar have a switch that makes my volume pot what I call a "two stage potentiometer", switching between 500K and 250K. I did this for testing out the Seymour Duncan JB, which was initially designed to be used with 250K pots. 250K smooths out the harsh mids and highs that the JB can have in some guitars with a 500K pot. This is the closest I get to a tone control!
That's an interesting concept..........I read it on your blog (http://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/ti...potentiometer/) and though I'd like to have a variation of it on one of my guitars (the Jem570) I don't plan to use any knobs on the next pick-guard I make for it (your gonna LOVE the new guard!!) so I'm gonna need a "tone-bleed" on an on/on mini switch..... Maybe someone can help me design that???

Anyway, My guitars run the full range of configurations (H-S-H, H-S-S, H-S, H-H, a 1H.......and very soon an S-S-S) All except the 1H RG410 have a tone knob that I use constantly throughout most of my songs. I also have a 3-way on my H-H "eagle" that uses a mini-switch for tapping.

Of all the setups I have, about the only position I don't use is position 2 (bridge parallel) on my 5-way/3-pup guitars. Other than that I use every position for rhythm, clean, and solo work.....the tone and volume can be anywhere in their spectrum depending on the song I'm playing or the mood I'm in.

My current favorite soloing pickup is a ToneZone-S in the middle of my 770.
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That's an interesting concept..........I read it on your blog (http://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/ti...potentiometer/) and though I'd like to have a variation of it on one of my guitars (the Jem570) I don't plan to use any knobs on the next pick-guard I make for it (your gonna LOVE the new guard!!) so I'm gonna need a "tone-bleed" on an on/on mini switch..... Maybe someone can help me design that???
Shouldn't be too hard to work out. I'd imagine it would be playing around with resistors on a DPDT switch.
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I find it interesting that so many use the neck pickup for soloing. I only use it for soloing if I'm doing something low gain. Cause then the bridge pickup just gets a bit too bright. For mid to high gain solos, it's all the bridge pickup, specially so that I can have all the harmonics at any time I want easily. Also, basically all the high gain stuff is done with the bridge pickup. The neck position is for the cleans and crunch sounds.
I should rephrase. If I want a balls out, ripping solo with lots of harmonic squeals, I use the bridge. If it's a smooth, buttery, usually slower high gain solo I will use the neck. I also use the neck for lower gain solos, in any case if it's smooth and buttery I want, I flip up to the neck for a richer sound, and anything fast or aggressive is usually done with the bridge. In my mind I sort of anthropomorphize those two, bridge being an adolescent man with a fiery attitude and the neck being a voluptuous, overly emotional woman, lol.
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