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  • For Those Who Think the Strat Volume Control is Misplaced.

    This entire video is a treat to watch.

    At 3:18 he plays "I Need You" with the volume control.

    I'm thinking the original was probably done with a volume pedal but this is a good example of what they were trying to design into the strat.



    this guy is pretty good - I saw the show "Rain" a fews years ago and they do a fine job (including the guy in the shadows at the back of the stage with the rack of synthesizers) and are able to pull off some of the big production numbers.
    who you are in the world depends on the opinions of others - that is not important

    what is important is who you are within yourself

  • #2
    I understand the point but I palm mute a lot more than I swell. Palm muting treble strings is a big part of my style and honestly I don't think swells would be made much tougher by moving it back a little bit.
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    • #3
      I understand the point but I palm mute a lot more than I swell. Palm muting treble strings is a big part of my style and honestly I don't think swells would be made much tougher by moving it back a little bit.


      So the Strat isn't the right guitar for you, simple as that. That's not a strike for or against the Strat, Kind of like if you need to haul 4 kids to school every day a Nizzan Z might not be the right car for the job. I think we already had like a billion page thread that established this.

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      • #4
        Actually, it's John lennon using the volume pedal while Harrison was playing, because he wasn't able to do both at the same time (remember pedals were something pretty new back then).
        About the use of the strat volume control with the pinky, how not to think about the late Rory Gallagher, a master.

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        • #5
          I think the volume knob is fine.

          Also, thanks for the video - I enjoyed it.
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          • #6
            So the Strat isn't the right guitar for you, simple as that. That's not a strike for or against the Strat, Kind of like if you need to haul 4 kids to school every day a Nizzan Z might not be the right car for the job. I think we already had like a billion page thread that established this.

            Actually it was one other thread and there were a lot of those "you don't know how to play" comments.
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            • #7
              I used to think it was poorly placed, until I started using it as more than a fancy on / off switch. I don't think it makes me better than anyone else, it's just another tool. I never do volume swells, though. It's almost universally bad (with a few exceptions... Lindsay Buckingham, and country guys come to mind...).
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              • #8
                It's perfectly placed if you like to wrap your pinky around it to control the volume. I don't, so it's just in the exact place where I like to rest my pinky. For this reason, the DeLonge mod works for me.

                Hold mah beer an' watch this!

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                • #9
                  It's perfectly placed if you like to wrap your pinky around it to control the volume. I don't, so it's just in the exact place where I like to rest my pinky. For this reason, the DeLonge mod works for me.



                  That PG is perfect, did you make it yourself? Or does someone offer it like that?
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                  G&L's are the most un creative stupid pieces of crap on the planet. if you want something decent and real go for fender~

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                  • #10
                    Actually it was one other thread and there were a lot of those "you don't know how to play" comments.
                    Why don't you just get a high-friction pot if you find you're spinning the regular variety inadvertently?

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                    • #11
                      Actually it was one other thread and there were a lot of those "you don't know how to play" comments.

                      Well, when you start a, self-admitted, troll thread complaining that a guitar sucks because it doesn't work for your style then you have to expect such responses. Of course being an internet forum you might have gotten similar comments had you simply stated that the Strat is not a good guitar for your style.

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                      • #12
                        That PG is perfect, did you make it yourself? Or does someone offer it like that?


                        It's a Warmoth. They offer the DeLonge placement as an option.
                        Hold mah beer an' watch this!

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                        • #13
                          Why don't you just get a high-friction pot if you find you're spinning the regular variety inadvertently?


                          b/c I don't like the way those handle? I don't want my pinky jamming into them in the first place. All these things are compromises for a problem that doesn't exist on other guitars. I install the same Alpha B500k mini-pots on every guitar I have. I enjoy consistency.
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                          • #14
                            b/c I don't like the way those handle? I don't want my pinky jamming into them in the first place. All these things are compromises for a problem that doesn't exist on other guitars. I install the same Alpha B500k mini-pots on every guitar I have. I enjoy consistency.


                            And apparently you also enjoy crappy potsoke:

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                            • #15
                              Haha. I know you're joking with me but I have found it funny that there are cork sniffers out there who think Alpha are ****************ty pots.

                              But you know, so many BOUTEEQ pedal builders use dime sized Alpha pots and the same cork sniffers never seem to complain.

                              Pots is pots. There are low friction CTS pots out there but on average I find them too stiff for me. That's what she said.
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