TECH TIPS: Volume Controls Act Like Tone Controls

By Seymour Duncan Tech Guru Scott Miller

On some electric guitars, when you turn down the volume control, the treble response decreases, leaving you with a bassy sound. Some people dig this, but some don’t. If you’re in the latter group, and want to keep your treble intact when turning down the volume control, then this mod is for you.

Just add a couple of easy-to-find components to your volume potentiometer. All you need to do is connect a .002 mF capacitor, and a 100k resistor in parallel across the input and output terminals of the volume pot. There are no changes needed to any of your original wiring–just add the resistor and capacitor, and that’s it. No more treble loss!

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