#1
When can a guitar have two volume knobs? Is it a rule-based thing, or? is it somehow connected to the type of the pickup(H or S) or the number of the pickups? Also, since I STILL don't own an electric, only an acoustic, I was wondering what is the TONE knob for? If a guitar has only a VOLUME and a TONE knob what does the switch do? Can the switch in that case be used as a kill switch.
As I said – I don’t own an electric, and since I’m planning to buy it within the next month or so – I’m trying to get as much info on as much stuff as possible.

Thanks!
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#2
my guitar has 2 volume knobs, one for each pickup, the tone knob adjusts the balance between bass and treble frequencies
#3
Some guitars will have a separate volume and tone control for each pickup, some just have a master tone and volume for all the pickups. The switch is there to change between pickups.
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#4
i have a master volume and two tone knobs. if u have three pickups, you can put 3 volume knobs if u want and no tone knobs. whatever works man. u just gotta know how to do it.

and tone knob cuts ur treble frequency to make it sound warmer.
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#5
The tone knob is a treble knob really.

It lets all the treble through when at 10, and it reduces the treble more and more as you turn the knob towards zero.

With multiple volume knobs, it's usually one per pickup. The switch chooses which pickup is on, so if you have two volume knobs, and one is set to zero, then you can use the switch as a kill switch.
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#6
some guitars have one volume that controls both pickups, others have a seperate volume control for each pickup. some guitars only have one tone knob for both pickups, others have more. the switch switches between pickups. the tone knob cuts treble frequencies, making the sound brighter or darker
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Some guitars will have a separate volume and tone control for each pickup, some just have a master tone and volume for all the pickups. The switch is there to change between pickups.


so if you have a three pickups (H-S-S for example) the switch changes between?
sorry for asking, probably, so obvious questions, but if you've never played electric longer that 15 mins you would probably ask the same questions
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#9
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The tone knob is a treble knob really.

It lets all the treble through when at 10, and it reduces the treble more and more as you turn the knob towards zero.

With multiple volume knobs, it's usually one per pickup. The switch chooses which pickup is on, so if you have two volume knobs, and one is set to zero, then you can use the switch as a kill switch.


so without two volume knobs no kill switch?
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#10
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so if you have a three pickups (H-S-S for example) the switch changes between?
sorry for asking, probably, so obvious questions, but if you've never played electric longer that 15 mins you would probably ask the same questions

yes, if it is a 5 way switch, then usually the bottom position will be wired to the humbucker, the 4th will be a combo of the H and the middle single coil, the 3rd will be the middle, the 2nd will be a combo between middle and neck pickup, and the top will be the neck pickup
#11
No guitars come stock with a killswitch, to be honest it's a very specialised function with very limited use...although you can fudge it on a guitar with two volumes by turning one of the pickups to zero volume.
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yes, if it is a 5 way switch, then usually the bottom position will be wired to the humbucker, the 4th will be a combo of the H and the middle single coil, the 3rd will be the middle, the 2nd will be a combo between middle and neck pickup, and the top will be the neck pickup


ummm...i'm a bit confused...if you look at for example yamaha pacific 112 it looks like it has a two-way switch,yet it has three pickups...

p.s. i mentioned pacific 112 because of the high probabilty of getting one(it's low cost-best buy issue so don't ask )
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#13
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No guitars come stock with a killswitch, to be honest it's a very specialised function with very limited use...although you can fudge it on a guitar with two volumes by turning one of the pickups to zero volume.


how expensive would it be to install one, and can it be done in average music shop?and does it depend on the guitar, i mean - is it possible that the guitar simply can't have a killswitch?
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#14
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ummm...i'm a bit confused...if you look at for example yamaha pacific 112 it looks like it has a two-way switch,yet it has three pickups...

p.s. i mentioned pacific 112 because of the high probabilty of getting one(it's low cost-best buy issue so don't ask )


I can assure you that the pacifica 112 has a five-way switch, and if I recall correctly, one volume and one tone knob.

Installing a kill switch shouldn't be a priority yet, because it's a really easy mod, but you should really play the electric for a little while to make sure it's right for you before you drill a hole into the pickguard for the killswitch.
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#15
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I can assure you that the pacifica 112 has a five-way switch, and if I recall correctly, one volume and one tone knob.

Installing a kill switch shouldn't be a priority yet, because it's a really easy mod, but you should really play the electric for a little while to make sure it's right for you before you drill a hole into the pickguard for the killswitch.


as i said - it LOOKS LIKE so, i bet you're right.
well the option of installing the killswitch is less probable, since i'm trying to find a low-budget guitar with two volume knobs, so i can "improvise" a killswitch.
in the end the killswitch isn't the key, determing what guitar will i buy, it just adds a flavour
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#17
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Pacificas a good choice btw.


thanks - in the end it'll come down to pacifica and the, bloody, ibanez starter pack(the cost and the whole you-get-it-all thing give it a fu**** plus )
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#18
also, is it posible to replace a tone knob with a volume knob and what would that do to the sound of the guitar, and the actual guitar?
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#19
wait... a tone knob with a volume knob. the knob would just say "volume" instead of "tone". u need to replace the pot under it too in order to get change in sound...
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#20
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wait... a tone knob with a volume knob. the knob would just say "volume" instead of "tone". u need to replace the pot under it too in order to get change in sound...



well - obviously...maybe i don't know a lot about electric guitars but i'm not stupid . maybe i made a mistake by writing KNOB but, you knew what i meant. so from your reply i'm assuming it's possible?how hard would it be to do it, and what changes will it have for the guitar?
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