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Old 11-19-2017, 01:38 AM   #1
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Just been starting with guitar about 2 weeks ago. Have a Gretsch G2420T. Don't have a manual for my guitar. The online manual seems to be an older one and talks about pickup selector selecting internal vs external.

Anyway, several questions.

1) How do I know which pickup is selected with each position (up selects one, middle selects both, down selects other)? I think the upper one selects the neck pickup, and the down selects the bridge pickup. But not 100% sure.

This may seem like an odd question to ask, since I could check the Gretsch site. But they say, "Pickup Selector: Switch for selecting the pickup position (rear for neck, center for middle, front for bridge)." My switch switches up and down, not front to back. And front for bridge, and rear for neck seems illogical. So I come here for the experts.

In another place, for the 2420T, it says, "3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup)." but doesn't say if up is 1 or 3. I assume 2 is center.

2) The in the upper position the sound seems good. In the down position, it sounds rather tinny and not very pleasant. As a result, I use only the upper selection. However, it may be working perfectly well and I just might not have something set right with my tone switches and such. Just wondering. I have read descriptions that suggest what I'm hearing is the way it's supposed to work.

3) Since my guitar has 2 pickups, how are sounds changed, in typical use. Is it just the way the mechanics are, or does the guitarist tune something different to make different sounds from each pickup.

4) Is pickup sound differences only done with guitar electrical settings (knobs) or in mechanical setup?

5) Procedure for setting the master tone? Should I set the tone by selecting a specific pickup then setting the tone. Or is there a preferred way. I'm pretty sure you don't just fiddle with knobs randomly till you get what you like.

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Old 11-19-2017, 02:04 AM   #2
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UP will be your neck, down will be the bridge. You can loosen of the nut that secures the toggle and turn it so that it faces the direction of the pickup you want to use.

Put the switch up for the neck pup, loosen the hold down nut, turn the switch so that it faces the neck pup and tighten down the nut. Now you have a horizontal switch so you know where you are.
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You can tell which pickups are switched on and hear the effect of the tone controls by tapping the pickups with a screwdriver or the like. When figuring out how everything works, the experimental approach is as good as any. Pickup distance from the strings also affects tone and output, and pickup side-to-side tilt affects bass-treble balance. I do mine by setting one pickup's height and tilt (bass-treble balance) where I like it, then setting the other one to match it in output.
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