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Knobs question

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Wallaby, Feb 2, 2020.

  1. Wallaby

    Wallaby Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I built and installed a new wiring harness in my ES. Experienced the whole "ship in a bottle" exercise not once, not twice, but 3 times ( spacing to tight, broke a pot shaft, hallelujah! ). I *used* to think I knew how to wire a guitar....

    I took my time getting the fit correct - pointers are perfect, switch is aligned perfect, barrels are level with their nuts, really nice soldering job if I do say so myself, nothing visible through the f-hole, and it's dead-quiet, I am very pleased!

    There is a fly in the ointment - the existing knobs ( Top Hat Bell Reflector ) are now sitting slightly proud of where I'd like them. I used CTS short-barrel pots which are correct for an ES.

    Does anyone have any guidance for helping me get my knobs slammed?

    I am honestly thinking of breaking out the Dremel. Or maybe a dowel with a tiny patch of 80-grit stuck on the end, boy-scout style. Or maybe chuck that into a drill to go fast.

    I can't add washers underneath, there isn't any excess thread to play with.

    The diameter seems fine, nice and snug.

    Thanks!
     
  2. dougstrum

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    Hollow body guitars are a pain to wire!

    If I absolutely didn't want to take it apart again, I'd use a small file to shorten the pot shafts. No power tools should'nt take too long. Careful and slow that's the way to go.
     
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    I've used a Dremel and a cutting wheel for that a couple of times with no issues.
     
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    Take an extra dose of your OCD meds for a few days.....;)
     
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    I think Doug is correct; nice and slow with a file. You could use a dremel, or a random orbital sander, but there's so many things that could go wrong, yikes. Protecting the body is the challenge. Let's see some pictures, please.
     
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  6. Wallaby

    Wallaby Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Thanks for the tips.

    I'll get a photo and attach it.

    I'm still not sure what I'll do - I would like about 1/16". Given that the pots are in a hollow-body, I'm not sure what is worse - screwing up the pots or screwing up the knobs. At least the knobs are on the outside.
     
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