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Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ducati Scotty on Thursday. 11 Replies

I've bought a few different inexpensive pre-wired pickups with volume and tone controls pre-installed.  It's amazing what you can get for under $10!I'm no trained musician, and I'm just playing a…Continue

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First build, license plate three string with my son

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ducati Scotty Oct 15. 11 Replies

I posted about this guitar and a pic or two elsewhere, but here is the gallery of the whole build process.…Continue

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Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"I’ve seen a few demo videos where people showed a pickup run straight to the amp and then the same pickup with volume and/or tone controls added. It’s always clearer and better straight to the amp. I look at the volume control as a…"
Thursday
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"Good info, thanks. I’m sure using pickups that cost more than $10 would help in many ways."
Thursday
Erasmo Coco replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
" I don't use either vol or tone. In my opinion they just muddy the tone. I just dial in my amp, also a pedal or two can get you what you are looking for."
Thursday
Janis Wilson Hughes replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"I agree with Chickenbone John. The tone control will play a bigger role with a nicer amp. I don't like to fiddle with my amps all the time. Generally speaking as a player I like to have tone control, but as a builder I often don't add a…"
Thursday
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"It was you, posted just yesterday. ZZ Top song :)"
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Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"Ah! And my friend certainly has much nicer amps, so it might be worth it for his guitar. Thanks! And it might have been you who had the video of the humbucker wired to a switch."
Wednesday
ChickenboneJohn replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"On really tiny amps like the Honeytone it's difficult to detect any change in sound when you use the tone control...all you are hearing is distortion thru' a lo-fi little speaker. So if that's all you are playing through, it's…"
Wednesday
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"I saw a video of someone who had a humbucker on a switch. It was wired so you could run it as a humbucker or single coil for really clean sound. I think I’ll be doing that from now on, there was a nice change in tone from that."
Wednesday
John Sawyer replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"I just adjust my amplifier..."
Tuesday
Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"That makes a lot of sense.  I'm sure these inexpensive pre-wired setups don't have optimized values on the pots and capacitor for the specific pickup, and poor choices here could do far more harm than good.  I've noticed the…"
Monday
darryl kernaghan replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?
"Scott, tone controls are hard to get value out of, firstly, most pots used on cbg's are cheap chinese stuff, often not working well to start with, then the value of the capacitor has to match the tone area you are seeking, and there's many…"
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Tone control on inexpensive pre-wired pickups. Is it worth it?

I've bought a few different inexpensive pre-wired pickups with volume and tone controls pre-installed.  It's amazing what you can get for under $10!I'm no trained musician, and I'm just playing a home built guitar through cheap pickup on a battery powered HoneyTone amp, but I don't notice a huge desirable difference with the tone control.  It does something for sure, I'm just not sure it's worth it.  The tone control on the amp seems to have more of an effect and a better effect on controlling…See More
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Ducati Scotty replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion First build, license plate three string with my son
"I plan to use some vintage wood at the edges and where it will be seen. I'll try to shore up the inside with new wood: square stock glued in the corners and thin plywood on the large faces. It should look the same from the outside but last a…"
Oct 15
Richard Dean replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion First build, license plate three string with my son
"spot on lol try rebuilding/restoring the box keeping it as original as possible, maybe use old pallet hardwoods sun aged for repair materials to put the box in usable condition"
Oct 15
Janis Wilson Hughes replied to Ducati Scotty's discussion First build, license plate three string with my son
"Wowza! Way to go! You really went all out for your first one. It looks fantastic! That's a great project to share with your son. I look forward to seeing more builds from you. Sounds like you caught the bug. :) "
Oct 15

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