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Number dials on a guitar make no sense at all
« on: September 14, 2018, 06:02:58 am »
I can see number dials on an amp, and even then I'd prefer a good set of chicken head knobs, but number dials make no sense at all on a guitar. I won't have them. There, I said it. I just can't imagine someone actually starting to play by setting the volume and tone on their guitar at seven (or some other number), or looking down while playing to check.

As a result, none of my electric guitars have numbered knobs. I would mod any guitar that had them. But chicken heads on a guitar made me wonder:

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Re: Number dials on a guitar make no sense at all
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2018, 08:17:13 am »
Not all guitars have numbered dials, though to be fair, I guess originally they just used plastic knobs that were designed for electrical equipment, I'm thinking the Strats and older Les Pauls mainly.
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Re: Number dials on a guitar make no sense at all
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2018, 10:20:35 am »
in the log scaled pots  (and you know what you must make it posit to), the dials get useful!
As for a lot of distortions and certainly fuzz pedals, which respond differently to certain amounts of incoming guitar volume.

But I tend to agree, havign only pots on my guitars that make a difference of going from 0% to 100% somewhere between "7" and "8", It doesn't matter much to me.

Imagine this; as a lefty; It makes ZERO sense; as the dials don't align with a start and ending and ik goes down from an arbitrary number, over zero, over blank to 9. Zero. sense.was.made.
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Re: Number dials on a guitar make no sense at all
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2018, 11:26:27 am »
Yep, same here. I don't even look at them. I just listen to what sound comes out of the amp. Don't like it, give it some more up or down. Like it? Just leave it at that.
Chicken heads kinda are the same to me. I'd almost be needing a mirror to see if the angle is "correct".

I've never seen a guitar with chicken heads before though. If you'd have a band with some sort of industrial background/setting... it could work...
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Re: Number dials on a guitar make no sense at all
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 12:21:25 pm »
Buy Teles. You set the sound with your ears.

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Re: Number dials on a guitar make no sense at all
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 12:23:15 pm »
Shotgun shell knobs are a thing. Not a real fan, I don't think they look all that great:

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Re: Number dials on a guitar make no sense at all
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 01:57:13 pm »
Shotgun shell knobs are a thing. Not a real fan, I don't think they look all that great:


I like those. Especially on a Tele.
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Re: Number dials on a guitar make no sense at all
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2018, 02:06:37 pm »
The bullet pickup selector switch is a nice touch.

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Re: Number dials on a guitar make no sense at all
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2018, 02:34:04 pm »
Hah! My SG has numbers on all its knobs, but I've always considered them purely decorative: they are not aligned and there is no notch, line or anything to tell you which number is currently selected.
It's like a clock without any arms ;D

 

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