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Jazz guys who hate jazz bass knobs.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Broadstbully22, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    Now I am not talking to fender haters. I'm talking to the guys who actually play fender jazz basses. Do you like the knobs? I personally can't stand them, always change them out but keep them for resale. I just think they look cheap and stick out in a bad way. Agree or disagree?
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  2. Do you mean the usual black knobs? Quite frankly no, and I see no reason to dislike them. Bottom line - Disagree.
    AAMOF, I swapped out the chrome Precision style knobs that came on my Squier VM J, for black Jazz bass style knobs because it looked better to me.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I like the knobs I'm curious what are you replacing them with?
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I agree.
  5. superblues

    superblues Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    I like them because they are very lightweight and because they have an indicator line so I can see my settings at a glance.

    I will admit they aren't always the prettiest choice, but there are many basses that wouldn't look right without standard Jazz Bazz knobs.
  6. Shakin-Slim


    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
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  7. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    These ones I kinda like and have on my jazz right now. I would like to get the same thing I have now but instead of the black tops maybe tort that would match the pickguard. For some reason I just have never liked the plastic ones.
  8. xabicho

    xabicho Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Roger Guitars
    I am like you, they look cheap and I always replace them with a metal ones Jaco style. I see the convenience to see your settings but they look cheap.

  9. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    They are one thing about my basses that I never worry about. They neither add to nor detract from the appearance or the function of the bass so I would never bother to change them.
  10. cycler


    Oct 6, 2010
    worried about how knobs look ?
  11. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    I get that to. I'm very OCD and for some reason they erk me. Apparently I'm not alone. But I can see why most probably couldn't care less.
  12. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    Ok that's funny.
  13. headband


    Oct 18, 2013
    Lake Havasu City
    This one is funny!
    Never thought to change them, and having the ability to see the settings is important on a jazz (to me) if you use pickup volume for tone control. Minor changes can make big tonal variations, and the markers make it fast and easy.
  14. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    I usually use the alan screw as my reference point for setting my knobs.
  15. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    the only time they DON'T look right on a jazz, imo, is if you're pulling a full-out jaco with a rw/sb j w/out a pg. and even then, it could swing either way...

    I will say though, I saw a white/gold j on here once with gold Gibson bell knobs, and it looked beautiful. so of course, every rule has its benders
  16. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    I never care how knobs look. I just play it.
  17. I kind of like them. Kind of retro looking. I definitely like them better than the ones with the numbers on them like the strat knobs they put on the jazz basses a couple of years. Just don't look right. I do like the chrome and the concentric ones though.
  18. I think that ugly or pretty, they are part of the Jazz Bass look. So I live with them in peace.

    Also, I move the tone and neck a lot. The white stripe is very useful when changing settings. I will go crazy with metal barrel knobs where I can't see where I'm at with the tone knob.
  19. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    your knobs laugh at you when your not looking :D
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  20. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    Ok this brings up another question for me. Guys care about how paint looks, pickguards, bridges, straps, tuners and even put sticker fret markers. Why not the knobs?