Modern Gretsch Guitars

Tone Pot vs Mud Switch Preference?

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I put this under modern Gretsches but it’s just as relevant under vintage imo. Seeing comments in another thread and not wanting to hijack it, I am starting this.

Do you have a preference for the knob or the switch? I find that there is a better chance that I will adjust the mud switch than I will the tone knob. Which do you use more often?

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I'm maybe the exception, but I like the Mud Switch and do use it in the slight roll off position. I never really mess with my guitar knobs, and usually keep them dimed. The Mud Switch gets me the right amount of roll-off for my needs on the fly w/o having to fiddle with my knobs.

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Tone por. I'd rather have all of the choices than only three.

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I’m happy with der mud switchum on guitars so equipped, happily using all three positions. I also make full use of tone knobbins.

I’d never spec a guitar with the switch in preference to the pot.

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Just like the early Esquires / Teles had a super rolled off setting I just mud switch was coming from that scene ...if there wasn't a bass on the scene. Modern World Dudes just see mud as ancient history -- but it has a place for me. Of course values can be changed.

Looks like George used mud on the Gents and the Tenny -- kool then kool now.

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I switched to the newer No-Load Tone Pot and Treble Bleed Volume Pot configuration away from the Mud Switch.

I liked the Mud Switch at higher volumes, not so much otherwise. So, I ended up almost always using just the middle, wide-open selection while playing.

And there is nothing wrong with that...

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I prefer the tone knob/pot. I tend to make "subtle" tone adjustments. In my limited experience with tone switches, I only found the middle position useful. The other 2 choices were too "muddy", IMO.

HOWEVER -- to be honest I have not played any of the "new" (post FMIC era) Gretsch models with tone switches.

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The one Gretsch I have with a mud switch was changed to a tone pot.

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Don't use either I'm embarrassed to say.

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I have both types and don’t really have a preference. I always keep the mud switch in the middle but often hit it by accident which can be annoying at times.

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Don't use either I'm embarrassed to say.

– tabletop

I don't really use the tone control on a Gretsch either. A major appeal of the Gretsch tone is the jangly highs that the pickups produce.

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My first Gretsch that I owned was a '64 Gent with the mud switch. I wasn't a big fan of with the one position very dark and and the other very bright. I always had mine set in the middle of 'wide open' position. That being said I prefer the fine adjustment of a knob over a switch - both for tone and individual pups. I would have to play a modern version to see how today's switch compares to the knob version I have on 4 electrics.

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It took me awhile, but after messing around with the mud switch, I realized it was a really quick way to change up the tone without having to rely on a pedal. You don’t have to search for the sweet spot or keep fiddling with it.

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I rarely use either, so I prefer the mud switch as it's completely bypassed in the middle position.

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Proteus captured my sentiment precisely.

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I like the Hot Rod control scheme, but if it’s got to have one, I prefer the mud switch.

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I started out with the mud switch on my first Gretsch (65 Tenny) and have maintained an approximate 50/50 switch vs knob ratio in my collection of Gretsches. Maybe I am simply blessed with ears that aren’t that discriminating and simply don’t notice the subtitles of slightly turning the tone knob although I can appreciate the differences from one extreme to the other. The mud switch positions are more noticeable imo.

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No preference here-- I use whatever is on the guitar. "Either / Or" is not a deal-breaker for me when buying a Gretsch either.

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I used to like the switch; when it's off it's off and you didn't have to tweek it. Now I prefer the pot, it's just more felexible.

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Tone pot. I tried to use the switch,swapped out many caps but the room dictates the amount of rolloff I need at any particular moment. I made an insert to reduce the hole size so I could drop in a pot,happy I did.

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Tone knob. Although I use to use the mud switch wit the Fz1a fuzz,

I know it’s off topic - but I do love the Tone switch on the jazzmaster


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