I have what is most likely a simple minded question, but figure you guys can help with some relevant advice. How much control can I have, or should I be employing, with my volume pot on my guitar?
For years I always played my strat maxed out at 10, with the naive assumption that backing off the volume would have a proportional impact on my tone, that is less volume would be a thinner and weaker signal from my guitar. So I max the guitar and my power amp volume never gets above 2-3. For context I am chasing Jerry tone.
Now playing a carvin w hotter double coils, and even at low amp volume with super clean settings, I get distortion and break up when my guitar volume is maxed at 10, but when backed off to 8 or so it's clean.
So if I have my guitar volume on 5, is it sufficient to still provide strong enough signal to maintain tone where I could crank my amp more to get more impact from driving my amp more? And do I need a unity gain buffer or similar to make that happen? Guess I am looking for some insight into how much I should be using my guitar volume, which I suspect is way more than I have been using, and how to balance that with my amp volume. Also if it makes a huge impact with standard wiring, carvin DC400A here w double coils, can be split to singles, or if I really should mod to include a buffer for enhanced control or tone driven mainly by my guitar volume pot.