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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by airrick, Apr 16, 2006.
how would one go about removing the knobs off ones bass to remove a pickguard?
It depends on the shaft. It could be as easy as pulling it off, or if the knob is on a smooth shaft, there's a set screw you have to loosen.
how can i tell
If there is a set-screw there will be a little allen (hex) screw head on the side of the knob. Anything other than press on or set-screw would be REALLY unusual.
when i pull on the knobs, they dont come off, and there is no hex screw to be seen, is it possible im just not using enough force? (ps my bass is/was a squier pbass)
some of the knob require a gentle pry. yes the fit is quite tight. be carefull so you dont scratch the finish. i put a couple layers of maskin tape on the body around the knobs then pry.
It's unlikely that you have to remove the knobs to remove the pickguard... On any P Type bass the controls are mounted to the pickguard so you don't have to remove the knobs first.
As mike phillips wrote, protect a flat blade screw driver with some masking tape, slip it under the knob, pry up a bit, rotate the knob, pry a little again, etc. gently working the knob off of the pot's shaft.
i took the knobs off mine, you just have to pull harder than you think you need to
thanks yall, while im here, here is some pics of me and friend messing with the old pickguard:
I've ruined pots in the past when removing knobs this way. Now when I come across knobs that are truly stubborn I use a special tool that keeps damages to a minimum. I've also marred pickguards to shreds by using one screwdriver and masking tape. Before I got this tool I would pry using small sheets of metal and two screwdrivers.
I run a small repair shop so I use mine all the time and it's paid for itself many times over. They're about $35 so they're not cheap for a single use but if you can find one to borrow that'd be you're best bet.
Another method I have used with success is to take an old t-shirt and put the edge of the fabric under the knob, start wrapping it around a few times so it is tight, then grab the fabric above the knob into a tight ball and pull straight up.
Try it a few times and you will get the hang of it. Never leaves a mark and has always worked for me.