Near the bridge/jack.
by far the most common place for controls as there isn't a
electric guitar out there that doesn't use this area for the majority
their controls, mainly for vol and tone knobs, but also for the pickup
selector on Strats/Teles/super-Strats, etc. In some cases (e.g.,
the SG) you also have an input jack crammed into this area as well.
On the upper bout.
Gretsch guitars and LPs place their pickup selector switch in this
but the piezo-equipped specimens of Godin's LGX use this area for the
vol and EQ for their preamp. Some Gretsch guitars also have a
switch here as well.
On the lower bout.
easily the least-visited area, design-wise as many shapes don't really
allow enough room to accommodate any controls to speak of. You
this almost exclusively on hollowbodies such as the master volume knob
on most Gretsch guitars (including the solid body Duo Jet,
and the pickup selector switch on many Gibson jazz models such as the
Under the pickguard.
thinking so much about pickguards on top-routed models like Strats as
the 3rd dimension: Floating pickguards. Jazz hollowbodies often
their volume and tone controls here, sometimes discretely.
no reason why similar can't be accomplished on a Les Paul.
Note: There's a fourth
but that's ruled out by the ergonomics of having your picking arm in
way. It's the hardest to get to with your hand, but you're going
bump any controls there with your forearm. I'm not aware of any
design (even the most exotic) that places any components in this area.
Knobs (e.g., vol
Sliders (e.g., acoustic
Toggle switches (e.g.,
pickup selector switches, mini-toggles for coil taps)
Blade switches (e.g.,
pickup selector switches)
Rotary switches (e.g.,
Slider switches (e.g.,
(e.g., kill switches)
switches on S-1 equipped Fenders)
Push-pull pots (e.g.,
Note also that many electronic
can accommodate either a switch or a potentiometer since the latter are
little more than "on/off" switches with gradations along that continuum.