Searching for lighter knobs

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Vanceman, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Vanceman


    Feb 14, 2007
    So. Cal.
    Recently I removed the 3 chrome dome style knobs from my Fender J, and noticed how heavy they were. I swear, it felt like a pound. I think they are solid brass. I've been searching the internet, but can't find the same style knob in something lighter.

    Does anyone know where I can get these? Heck, I'd even go chrome plated plastic if they aren't too cheaply made. I'm putting my basses on a diet.
  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Why not use the OEM plastic knobs?
  3. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Manitoba, Canada
    I agree J bass needs J knobs. Strat knobs look cool too. You may not agree.
  4. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    Most cheap guitars with chrome knobs are chromed plastic. If your bass has split-shaft pots, you should be able to find some on eBay from China for damn near nothing.
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  6. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Really? The knobs are too heavy? That's a new one on me.
  7. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Yeah, I agree. Go with the original black plastic OEM Fender Jazz Bass knobs.

    Vanceman does have a point. Vintage pre-CBS Fender P Basses had chrome plated aluminum knobs and they were pretty light weight.

    Can't get those anymore and now all chrome knobs are chrome plated brass and very heavy!

    Strange! But on the other hand, the chrome didn't hold up very well on the aluminum.
  8. Vanceman


    Feb 14, 2007
    So. Cal.
    That what I thought too. :D As I approach 60 years old, it's the small things that count.
  9. Vanceman


    Feb 14, 2007
    So. Cal.
    I don't have all the knobs. I converted from active to passive. 2 regular, 1 stacked, 1 small. I liked the look of the domed ones.

    I guess I could just get one more regular Fender knob.
  10. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Fender used plastic stacked knobs on some of their active Jazz basses. I had one.
  11. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    3 or 4 if those heavy brass knobs can add about 1/2 lb. to a bass. I just subbed the heavy 4 knobs and switch knob on my Gretsch bass with plastic and the bass now weighs 10 ounces less than it did with the heavy knobs.
  12. freatles


    Jan 9, 2014
  13. Vanceman


    Feb 14, 2007
    So. Cal.
  14. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Have make you some custom knobs. Wood, aluminum, lights, they can do it all. But then, you still have a Fender... :)
  15. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    People dont realize how much the little things add up when it comes to weight ... I used to race sprint cars and it was unreal what guys were spending on lightweight components ... titanium nuts and bolts, etc .. if you wanted to be fast you needed to be light ... the only thing I have left from those days is a very nice scale that we would weigh each component on before it hit the car ... attention to detail ..

    ... the heavy chrome dome Fender style knobs with a set screw (P style) are .07 lbs each .. a set of 3 are .21, or almost a 1/4 lb ...

    ... the plastic Fender J style tophat knobs are .01 each, or a set of 3 is .03 lbs, or 1 ounce ...

    .. just what everybody wanted to know, I am sure ... :eyebrow:
  16. Hues


    Nov 27, 2012
    see Burn Notice
  17. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007
    Ernie Ball is selling lightweight black aluminum domed knobs in pairs for about 10 bucks. For solid shafts with set screws. Very nice.
  18. Rocktometrist


    Oct 3, 2012