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Te 52

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May 29th, 2019 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...Te52, those look like they'd make decent guitar knobs!..."

And it looks like somebody...

...agrees.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 29th, 2019 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Gotta love an organization that's not afraid to use slices of bacon in their company logo!

Pinetree
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This is my 2nd Rodeo

May 29th, 2019 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

You don't have a guitar knob lathe???




jeez.

You think you know a guy.


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Planet Peegoo

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May 29th, 2019 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I do now!

Pic of the specialized implement

Pinetree
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This is my 2nd Rodeo

May 29th, 2019 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's just like MY guitar knob lathe!



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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
May 29th, 2019 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I did a similar thing with the push-pull pot on a Stratocaster. My wife got a pin from the NRA and the rubber donut that protects the envelope from the back side of the pin fits over the knob snugly and stays in place when I pull the pot. It would work on the Gibson knobs too.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 29th, 2019 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I need to find those flat rubber bands with the knurling on them (as used on the Ibanez knobbers).

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Planet Peegoo

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May 29th, 2019 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Baby Jesus

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Te 52

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Jun 1st, 2019 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I know that some guitarists have used the rubber knob covers for effects pedals on guitar knobs to make volume swells easier. Probably not a fit on Gibson bell knobs, but might give somebody some...

...ideas.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 03:04 PM, Jun 1st, 2019)

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 1st, 2019 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nils Lofgren uses those on his guitars.

Danny Gatton did something similar, but used a rubber finger puppet

like this.

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Jun 3rd, 2019 05:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Te 52, Love those knobs but wish they had darker choices and and 5/8" outside diameter.

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Jun 3rd, 2019 09:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

My grief about Gibson knobs is that they really can be difficult to press on to a shaft. I've actually busted a CTS pot through brute force putting a new knob on a new pot. The spline is different on a lot of Gibsons and generally they can be unforgiving. Its really dumb that something so basic can ruin your day. After going through the hassle of replacing pots on an ES style guitar, you're not out of the woods until you get the knobs installed.

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 3rd, 2019 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

I drill 'em out with a 23/64" bit and they fit well. Yeah it removes the internal snot-green-gold paint, but that doesn't bother me.

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Jun 3rd, 2019 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I purchased a couple dozen of the chicken head knobs with an allen set screw. Fit’s every pot I’ve put them on. Most are white plastic but I have some chromed metal ones too.

I like seeing the tone and volume settings at a glance.

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 3rd, 2019 09:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

They look really retro cool on a guitar, but for the love of all that is holy, there's no way to rotate them by wrapping a finger around 'em.

I do like chickenheads on amps tho.

They even make 'em for smahtfones

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Jun 4th, 2019 05:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, they would be a problem for that, the few times I’ve performed with a guitar it’s always been acoustic, it’s not a technique I use and with the bass I rarely adjust my volume. Once it’s set It’s good for the evening.

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Jun 4th, 2019 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I used chicken heads on one guitar to round out a look. And that they did. But I don’t play out, these days. It would be a challenge to play live with this particular guitar.

huck

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Jun 9th, 2019 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

nice work. i always liked those knobs (and the rubber knob cap mxr gave me with my phase 90 so i could adjust the speed with my foot), but they did look nasty after a few years.

and speaking of ibanez, does your giant brain have a diy version of these strap pins?

dead end strap pins

External link

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Press On Irregardless
Jun 11th, 2019 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I found that rubber garden hose o rings are a perfect fit over your standard Telecaster knobs. The knurls on he knobs hold them in place. I put them on each knob and then using white paint to draw a vertical line on the o rings to be a pointer.

Tele Knobs

Steve9

USA

Jun 12th, 2019 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Joan Jett wraps a piece of velcro around her knobs - wow, that sounds weird! But seriously, she does!

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