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Inset Control Wheels

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

  1. F-Clef-Jef


    Nov 13, 2006
    Neenah, WI
    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. They are called thumbwheel controls.
  3. F-Clef-Jef


    Nov 13, 2006
    Neenah, WI
    Thanks line6man.

    The search begins...
  4. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Mouser.com > potentiometers > thumb wheel > 25k/50k/250k/500k (or whatever resistance value you need)
  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    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.
  6. RobbieK


    Jun 14, 2003
    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.

  7. F-Clef-Jef


    Nov 13, 2006
    Neenah, WI
    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!