mijknahs wrote:I also thought about using a switch instead of a pot for a tone control so you can go from off to full on (no inbetween). I use the tone control with distortion for that horn effect (like Jerry) and never use it partially rolled off. It's either turned all the way up or all the way down. A mini toggle switch would be more efficient.
in the GP 88 interview he talks about how he uses them and the resonance boost he gets(hollow-horn effect) as being either all the way on or all the way off. for each pickup and that provided him 6 different tones. but.....
SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:I'd been thinking lately that Jerry may have actually used the tone control quite a bit on the middle single coil Super II at times. There's some 80's and '90's JGB stuff where it seems kind of dark on top, but just slightly darker than full bright.
he does also say that they do cut the tops slightly and that they do something to the midrange and that he custom selects the pots and caps to do that as well as the resonance boost.
he goes on to state that most of the time the tone knobs are useless but in this case it really does change the tone.
i often wonder if the JGB was jerry's test vehicle for different pickups from time to time. we know he tried different ones out, and the JGB could have been where the experiments would go more unnoticed if things weren't just right. just a thought though.
this all said, when your running with most stock amplifiers you won't hear these differences as much. a properly tapped twin(ab763) or an sms classic really make the tone controls way more useful and you can begin to understand just what he is talking about. with a tube power section, the subtleties of the tone controls can get lost, and i have totally witnessed that long ago. and i know people have argued the usefullness of the tone controls before, but the more clarity the proper taps and clean power a solid state power section can give you, really do bring these characters jerry described out.
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