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Old September 9th, 2017, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tone and volume knobs

Hey everyone. I have the 2017 Tribute gold top and I want to change the knobs to a set of Gibson gold ones that I have. Problem is I can't get the knobs on the guitar to budge and I don't want to break anything. Also, I took the pickguard off and noticed the dent from the nut under the guard. Everything I've read said it's common. However my concern is at the screw hole...

This is my first Gibson so naturally my OCD is in full swing. Thanks everyone - Chris


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Old September 9th, 2017, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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StewMac makes a cool little gadget for pulling knobs.

http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools...ob_Puller.html

I have glued a small piece of rubber on the end of that screw on some of my guitars. Don't worry about the screw hole, it is invisible with the pickguard on.
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Old September 9th, 2017, 02:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you @SAguitar for your response. I want to leave the guard off. My concern is will it spread?


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Old September 10th, 2017, 07:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Teaspoons.

I'm assuming the knobs are push-on, not fitted with a grub screw?
A tip I found in a guitar mag for removing push on knobs is to use two teaspoons - one either side (normal way up) with a pad or something under to protect the finish. The handles provide the leverage and the bowls act as a fulcrum; it's then easy to provide enough equal pressure each side to lift the knob.
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Old September 10th, 2017, 08:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm assuming the knobs are push-on, not fitted with a grub screw?

A tip I found in a guitar mag for removing push on knobs is to use two teaspoons - one either side (normal way up) with a pad or something under to protect the finish. The handles provide the leverage and the bowls act as a fulcrum; it's then easy to provide enough equal pressure each side to lift the knob.


That's exactly what I ended up doing. But only until I couldn't feel my fingertips anymore


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Old September 10th, 2017, 09:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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No, the hole will not spread if you leave the pickguard off! But you will not be allowing the pickguard to do its job. I once bought an LP that didn't come with the scratchplate, and within a week I had put a nice scratch on the face of my new guitar. So I bought one and installed it. YMMV.
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Old September 10th, 2017, 10:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi Chris and welcome to Gibson Talk. I took the pickguard off of my ES137 but put all the screws back interest holes to a) cover them up and b) avoid losing them. The bit of damage you see there will not increase in size, however, Stan is correct in saying that you may want to keep it on to prevent scratches, especially if you tend to pick hard. I'm not a heavy picker and therefore am not worried about scratching the top of mine.
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Old September 11th, 2017, 09:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hah! I am, I often flail at that poor git on stage. That's why I play with scratchplates. It doesn't save the poor instrument from all the scars, but at least minimizes some of them.
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Old September 14th, 2017, 07:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I take my knobs off with a kitchen towel. Wrap the edge of a towel under and around the knob then start twisting the towel where it meets as hard as you can then pull the towel up. This should pull the knob off straight and evenly. I have though pulled the shafts out of a few pots so being able to install new pots is a bonus. I think these newish guitars use pcb boards so just installing a new pot may be a thing of the past. A new pcb may be in order but eBay and the like usually has spares for reasonable prices.

As for screw holes and other guitar visuals I am in the camp that signs of use are a plus but signs of abuse are avoided.

A Willie Nelson case in point:


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Old September 15th, 2017, 04:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I picked up some felt pads for furniture to stick under the pickguard. Gonna ditch the foam.


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