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Solid Shaft vs. Split Shaft Pots

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by asnutter, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. asnutter


    May 11, 2005
    Southwestern PA
    Was wondering which type of pot stem works best with the standard fender j-bass knobs???

    What is the difference between the two types of shafts???
  2. nateo

    nateo Schubie Fan #1

    Mar 2, 2003
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Just to be a smart alec, one's split and the other's solid.

    In general a split shaft is for press fit knobs (just push them on and there you are) while a solid shaft is better for knobs with set screws (though a solid shaft with knurling can work fine with press fit knobs and a split shaft can take set screw knobs). I don't know what Fender uses, but either one can probably be made to work.

  3. Keef


    Jul 3, 2003
    Hollywood, CA
    Not an expert by any means, but here goes:

    Fender Jazz Bass and P-Bass knobs use set screw knobs and solid shafts (to the best of my knowledge – mine certainly do). Current model Squiers have push-on knobs and split shafts, at least the Squier Deluxe P I bought a few months ago does.

    Both kinds of knobs are sold in either form, push-on or screw-on:


    "Genuine Fender" knobs apparently only come in screw-on variety:


    I personally prefer the solid ones, the split ones can break apart.

  4. asnutter


    May 11, 2005
    Southwestern PA
    thanks a ton...
    that certainly helps in my decision as to which pots to purchase...

    solid shafts it is...

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