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Any tricks to keep effect knobs from moving?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by gjbassist, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. Every time I open my pedal case the knobs on my OD pedal have moved from where I like them set. I still want to be able to adjust them when needed so I don't want to do anything too drastic like glue them to a certain setting. Using some sort of tape seems like the obvious choice but I was wondering if there were any other tricks to keep them set in one spot?
  2. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Just use some tape to draw lines on the knobs and the pedal body where you like them set. Or get a silver marker.

    That's how I do it. Some of those tape marks have been on about 30 years!
  3. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    rubber washer(s) under the knob's? I read that somewhere but have yet to try it for my self.

    Good Luck!
  4. That's a good one! Thanks!
  5. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Take knobs off - cover pot shafts with tape.
    marker on tape on pedal, maybe use those 3-ring binder hole repair stickers.
  6. ma4rk


    Jun 28, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Do you put your cables on top of the pedals? Use a sheet of soft foam on top of the pedals then put the cables on top of the foam.
  7. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Even with the knobs off the shafts can turn. Same with rubber washers.

    Just make marks on the knobs and a corresponding mark on the pedal. Then if a knob moves just like up the marks.

    This is the way a lot of people do it. Even on their amps.

    No need to make it more complicated than needed!

  8. 254 stringer

    254 stringer Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Waco Texas
    I use these



    Got the idea from somebody here. It doesn't keep them from moving but its easy to put them back where they go. Plus they are easy to see and come off easy with no residue.
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  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    My Digitech Hardwire pedals have a rubber boot that you can slide over the knobs to keep them in place. Love those pedals!
  10. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    cell phone photo
  11. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
    Commercial FREE!
    Not so much washers, but rubber "O" rings slightly smaller than the shaft. One (or two) get compressed by the knob thus creating resistance.

  12. JEBassman

    JEBassman Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    This system looks appealing. I like the fact that the stickers can be removed easily, so there are no marker spots on the pedals.

    Cool idea! :D
  13. BritPicker


    Apr 20, 2009
    White board markers
  14. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    I built my own pedal board. The lid is deep enough to house a 105Q ( which reverts to up position automatically) so nothing ever touches my knobs except my stupid feet.
  15. canton1818


    Feb 25, 2016
    It's been awhile, but I have been researching this and found these guys - waiting for mine to arrive, but seems like it will work perfectly

  16. RickyT


    May 29, 2015
    Dee Why
    Use one of these-

    StageTrix Setting Saver
  17. I work with a guitarist who uses blue-tack on his pedalboard. works perfectly.
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  18. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Silicone caulking, just like Peter Steele.

  19. Or use White Board Dry FLOURESCENT Marrkers - same thing just cheaper.
  20. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009

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