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Inset Control Wheels

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by F-Clef-Jef, Jan 13, 2014.


  1. F-Clef-Jef

    F-Clef-Jef

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    Help!
    I am planning my controls for my next build, and am thinking I'd really like to have flush mounted volume & tone controls, similar to the tone controls on the upper horn of a Fender Jaguar bass. Problem is, I don't have the slightest idea of what those things are called, (Fender calls them "inset control wheels", but a search on Google turned up nothing) or if they are dependable/robust enough to use as my main vol & tone controls. Or..., where to get them.

    Anybody got some hints, clues or outright help for me?
     
  2. line6man

    line6man

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    They are called thumbwheel controls.
     
  3. F-Clef-Jef

    F-Clef-Jef

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    Thanks line6man.

    The search begins...
     
  4. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

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    Mouser.com > potentiometers > thumb wheel > 25k/50k/250k/500k (or whatever resistance value you need)
     
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  6. lz4005

    lz4005

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    The switches on old Jags/Jazzmasters/Duosonics had a bad reputation for reliability because they were more easily damaged by smoke and sweat than Tele and Strat switches, but I don't know of anything about inset pots/knobs that should give you a reliability concern.
     
  7. RobbieK

    RobbieK

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    Ha! I ordered some a few months ago to put a little volume control in the tiny sound hole of a uke. I had the same problem.

    I'm not sure thumbwheel pots are what you need though. Jags actually just have normal pots mounted on a right-angled bracket and controlled with a particular knob.

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  8. F-Clef-Jef

    F-Clef-Jef

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    That looks like the best idea, using regular pots. I'd just have to work out some sort of mounting bracket.

    Thanks for the help, folks!
     

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