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Funky Vintage Industrial Knobs On a Tele

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by mjstamos, Mar 11, 2020.

  1. mjstamos

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    I got a huge lot of vintage knobs years ago that I dip into every now and again. This is from what I call the round bag of big ones. These all work and have set screws, makes you realize how changing a knob can actually influence how you use it musically. These big knobs can do fast sweeps really smoothly. Post'em up if you got word knobs on your guitar!
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  2. Gibson

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    That's a tasty finish/piece of wood for Tele. More pics please!

    Also, cool knobs.
     
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    Let me get this straight,... you want us to post pictures of our knobs on the internet?
     
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    That first pic kicks ass! This one goes to 300!
     
  5. mjstamos

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    The wood is from a reclaimed deck in Nebraska I think? Nomoonlaser on Ebay. I call it "The Deckaster"
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    I know that one is so cool, sits so low on the flange it does not interfere with the selector switch too.
     
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    I like using vintage knobs, it can really add a flavor to just about any guitar. There are some really good mil spec knobs out there.

    That's a great little crank you got there.
     

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    I like the first set best, too!
     
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    Steampunk ftw! I quite like this idea. Not sure if I'd apply it to my Kirn, but it might be pretty tasty on my Reverend Sensei Jr. or my MIMs...
     
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    You mean "The Deckster"?

    :cool:
     
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    Always a pleasure to be in the company of other vintage knobs.;)

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    Those knobs look particularly cool with that repurposed deck wood! A little steampunk but in a cool and functional way. Very nice!
     
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    The one with the arrow that says "Increase" is my favorite. Would look cool on a one pickup hot rod guitar.
     
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    Those are killer!
     
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    Yes that one is fun to think what it was for originally too.
     
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    Here is some of the cooler ones.
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    These are in great condition! I really like the scallop shaped ones! Mine are junky and old and often require a bit of surgery but there are some gems!
     
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    All-in-one box score at a Radio/TV repairman's estate sale.

    A lot for cars and TVs.

    Mostly fit D-SHAFT posts so not as immediately useful as you might think.

    Sorted out what I wanted and sold the rest as a lot.

    Just got a ton of old black chicken head knobs from a buddy's estate....must.....stop
     
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    "Mostly fit D-SHAFT posts so not as immediately useful as you might think."

    If you lightly 'brass off' the cutting edges of a new 1/4" drill, you can safely drill out the D-shaped bore in a Bakelite knob to make it round. Clamp the knob in a vise and use slow motor speed, very light pressure and a slow feed.

    Using a sharp bit invites disaster because the bit will screw itself into the hard material and split the knob. Dulling it ever so slightly is all it takes. This works for all-Bakelite as well as Bakelite that has a brass insert.
     
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