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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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  6. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wrap a shoestring and pull up . Works like a charm .
     
  7. budglo

    budglo Strat-Talker

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    I use 2 spoons .Protect the wood and pry up.
     
  8. Rotheryrules

    Rotheryrules Strat-O-Master

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    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

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    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... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Agreed, same here.
     
  15. W1scw

    W1scw Strat-O-Master

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    Same as Budgio. Two spoons. they give you leverage.
     
  16. Paulbiz

    Paulbiz Senior Stratmaster

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    +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

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    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

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    Ouch! :(
     
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