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Removing tone and volume knobs ?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by superdave, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. superdave

    superdave Strat-Talk Member

    23
    Jan 21, 2011
    Mich.
    I want to replace the tort. pickguard on my new Cv 60 and wondered whats the best way to remove the knobs and etc. without breaking anything. I'm sure even though the parts are cheap their probably hard to replace to match.
    Thanks, Dave
    Also do the 5 way switch screws have nuts under the guard or thread into the switch. Trying to get that darn plastic out from under them.
     
  2. Teddy Watkins

    Teddy Watkins Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 25, 2009
    Florida
    Just grab and pull hard. They will start to move. Same with the switch tip. None of mine have nits on the switches.
     
  3. Sprocket

    Sprocket Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 22, 2008
    De'ville, Florida
    I use 2 of the thickest guitar picks Ive got. I slide them under the knobs and then pry up til the knobs come loose.
     
  4. borismcorpheus

    borismcorpheus Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 31, 2010
    Ithaca, NY
    I've read that you should wrap a piece of cloth (like a t-shirt) underneath and around the base of knob, then pull up on it. The reasonably uniform application of the force would minimize risk for damage.
     
  5. LTBanger4

    LTBanger4 Strat-Talker

    421
    Mar 26, 2010
    Rock City
  6. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Nov 24, 2010
    Maryland
    Wrap a shoestring and pull up . Works like a charm .
     
  7. budglo

    budglo Strat-Talker

    Age:
    60
    341
    Nov 21, 2009
    ohio
    I use 2 spoons .Protect the wood and pry up.
     
  8. Rotheryrules

    Rotheryrules Strat-O-Master

    832
    Jan 20, 2011
    Uk
    Am a guitar tech and i use a strip of leather with a slot cut in it, works a treat,
     
  9. e44crowe

    e44crowe Strat-Talker

    360
    Apr 11, 2010
    Alabama
    take a flat shoe lace and hook it under the knog on each side straddling the post.
    pull up.
    easy as pie.
    no damage.
     
  10. AKnight21

    AKnight21 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    31
    319
    Feb 6, 2009
    El Paso, TX
    Arent guitarists' fingers strong?! Just pull them up with you hands it's not that hard, your knobs will be just fine.
     
  11. 07 road house

    07 road house Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Jan 1, 2009
    Texas
    Lol that is funny 44 bucks for something you can do with your fingers. Thanks for the post
     
  12. nadzab

    nadzab Peace & Love, my Brothers & Sisters...

    Age:
    50
    May 15, 2009
    The Great State of Maine
    I bought it for my Gibsons, the knobs on which tend to be much harder to remove than on a Strat...and there's always the remote risk of ripping the pot right up through the maple or the mahogany, which would make me cry a lot harder than ruining a Strat pickguard. It's the right tool for the job.

    Now, on my Fenders, I use the 2-pick method described by Sprocket. It works like a charm, and it would actually be hard to get the Stew-Mac tool under the Fender knobs, as they tend to sit right down on the 'guard, unlike Gibson knobs which have plenty of room to get under.
     
  13. 07 road house

    07 road house Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Jan 1, 2009
    Texas
    Yep I am sure for a knob that is harder to pull like a gibson it would be nice. Fender knobs are just really easy to remove. I have used a pick to get them started. I have removed dozens of the fender knobs and never had a hard time at all
     
  14. nadzab

    nadzab Peace & Love, my Brothers & Sisters...

    Age:
    50
    May 15, 2009
    The Great State of Maine
    Agreed, same here.
     
  15. W1scw

    W1scw Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    49
    615
    Jan 28, 2011
    RI
    Same as Budgio. Two spoons. they give you leverage.
     
  16. Paulbiz

    Paulbiz Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    51
    Sep 30, 2009
    Northern, Virginia
    +1 Just take your time easing the knobs off the post....I try to go slow but inevitably knobs pop off and go flying when I use this method!
     
  17. CeltRocka

    CeltRocka Senior Stratmaster

    May 28, 2009
    Wales UK
    Just catch the knob on the edge of your amp[the beer top against edge of table style] and it just breaks off!!:oops: like i did on my Cray strat last nite.Actually broke one half of the splines off:mad:
     
  18. nadzab

    nadzab Peace & Love, my Brothers & Sisters...

    Age:
    50
    May 15, 2009
    The Great State of Maine
    Ouch! :(