#1
Hi dudes, im a newb when it comes to the electric guitar and have just picked up one of these babys after demoing it at a store, im curious as to what the knobs and switches do as when i play about with them the sound changes but i would like to know what its doing, is there instructions anywhere on the net? obviously the one on the right is the volume hehe, but what are the other 2 knobs doing and what is that switch doing? cheers.
#2
Most likely they are tone knobs.

listen as you strum the strings. move the knobs around and you will hear the tone change.

What is the make and model of the guitar...maybe someone with the same guitar can give you more specifics
#3
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Most likely they are tone knobs.

listen as you strum the strings. move the knobs around and you will hear the tone change.

What is the make and model of the guitar...maybe someone with the same guitar can give you more specifics


cheers for the reply, its a esp ltd ec 256, cheers.
#4
You could just find out yourself through trial and error.

The selector switch controls what pickups are being used. Up is the neck pickup, down is the bridge pickup, middle is both at once.

The first two knobs (the ones closest to you as you play) control the volume of each pickup. You can find which pot controls which pickup by messing with the selector switch and turning the volume knobs back and forth.

The one furthest away is the tone control. It affects how much treble is cut from your guitar. Having the tone control all the way to 0 (done by turning the tone knob all the way counterclockwise) cuts out the most treble, giving the illusion that the guitar sounds more bassy. Having the tone all the way to 10 minimizes the treble cut, effectively bypassing the tone control.

The 256 has an additional feature of being able to change the way the humbuckers are wired. Humbuckers consist of two coils of wire wound in parallel, in opposite directions of one another, so that the RF noise created by one coil is cancelled out by the RF noise created in the other. One coil 'buck the hum' of the other coil, hence their name. Pulling out the tone control re-wires the pickups to run in series, instead of parallel. Which gives the pickups a psuedo-single coil sound, somewhat like a Fender Strat. If you pull out the tone control, you may be able to hear some buzzing from your amplifier that wasn't there before. That is normal. What's happening is that the noise from one coil is no longer cancelling out the noise of the other.
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#5
http://www.espguitars.com/products/9576-ec-256fm-csb?category_id=1963292-ec-series

Knob closest to the neck is the bridge pickup volume, knob in the middle is the neck pickup volume, knob farthest from the neck is the tone knob. Looks like your tone knob is indeed the push/pull for splitting your humbuckers as mentioned above.

Switch towards the bottom is bridge pickup, middle is both (note that you have to have BOTH volume knobs not all the way off or it will kill all volume), top is neck pickup.

At least, this is they way they work on my E-II.
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http://www.espguitars.com/products/9576-ec-256fm-csb?category_id=1963292-ec-series

Knob closest to the neck is the bridge pickup volume, knob in the middle is the neck pickup volume, knob farthest from the neck is the tone knob. Looks like your tone knob is indeed the push/pull for splitting your humbuckers as mentioned above.

Switch towards the bottom is bridge pickup, middle is both (note that you have to have BOTH volume knobs not all the way off or it will kill all volume), top is neck pickup.

At least, this is they way they work on my E-II.

awsome cheers mate, lovely guitars arent they!