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jazz bass knob removal

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I foolishly *tried* to remove the knobs off of my geddy lee jazz bass and chipped the knob :crying:

    Is there a specific procedure for getting these knobs off? They seem awfully difficult to remove. :help:
  2. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    There isn't an "official" procedure. I've devised my own set of puller legs that I use for that purpose--they seem to work quite well.

    I never did like Fender's push-on knobs. I've replaced all the knobs on my Fenders with the dome type.
  3. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    please do share about how you created your "puller legs." :)
  4. atldeadhead


    Jun 17, 2002
    Stew-mac sells a special tool for pulling off knobs.
  5. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    I had what looked like a small pair of ice tongs--I have no idea what it's actual purpose was. All I did was to bend the ends of the tool inward at a 90 degree angle. I then glued felt to the bottoms to prevent scratching the finish. The legs fit under the knob very nicely and with a slight tug, the knob is removed.

    Also, as altdeadhead has pointed out, Stew-Mac sells a tool that will do the same thing.
  6. LizzyD

    LizzyD Chocoholic

    Oct 15, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Sadowsky Artist
    :confused: The knobs on my Geddy Lee Jazz weren't the push-on kind, they had set screws holding them on. Have they changed them? I just needed the proper sized allen wrench to remove them.
  7. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Sometimes the Alembic-style knobs are also used. These have a lift-off knob cap, which you can remove with a tiny screwdriver or an awl. Beneath that, there is a slotted screw that you turn to get the knob off. I've seen these on several Fender basses lately, not sure if they're factory or after-market.
  8. Lyle Caldwell

    Lyle Caldwell

    Sep 7, 2004
    With a standard plastic push-on knob, put a piece of cloth on the body and use two spoons to lever the knob up. The bowl of the spoon is the fulcrum.
  9. An allan key is what I used to fix my Geddy Lee Jazz. My knobs we loose and on the side is a hole where you insert an allan wrench and that allows the knobs to be tightened or loosened.
  10. Red701


    Aug 5, 2005
    what size allen key do you need? i tried a 1.5 and it seemed too small and then i tried and 2 and it was too big
  11. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Thread revival!

    How about a 1.75?
  12. dman_113

    dman_113 Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

    Nov 4, 2007
    Does anyone make a 1.75?
  13. perucci


    Dec 25, 2007
    I don't know 'bout Geddy Lee Jazz, but on my new MIM Jazz, the knobs take 1/16" allen-wrench. Everything on my MIM seems to use US, not metric, sizes.
  14. Red701


    Aug 5, 2005
    the 1.5 worked on my pickup knobs but not on the tone knob. i guess its just a faulty part. also, i have another question. i like the look of the chrome knobs on my ibanez gsr190 and i tried to put them on my Jazz but they are different pots. the gsr has the split pots with the little grip grooves and the Jazz has a solid pot with no grooves. do they make the chrom knobs with the same insides as the Jazz knobs? that is, smooth with the allen wrench part
  15. And it comes with proper knobs with a flat-head screws!