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T.E. ELF Facelift (and weight reduction) :-)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    We all know that the Elf is a small, light little guy...but why the huge, HEAVY, knobs from the factory?

    I pulled those and replaced then with some smaller, much lighter and more proportionate knobs (relative to the amp).

    The new knobs look like metal, but are actually plastic and are much, much lighter and fit the pot shafts perfectly. Probably shaved a few ounces of weight off and she looks better too (IMHO)! ;-)
    IMG_20180109_205958. IMG_20180109_205918.
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  2. Design choice. ( Imagine the outcry over chintzy plastic knobs )

    Looks good.
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  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    What do you do when your 3 pound bass amp is too heavy? :)
  4. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Now sir, that was insulting! The amp weighs just 1.6 lbs stock and now mine is even lighter. By you calling it 3 lbs, effectively doubling it's weight, you are calling my amp obese. How dare you! :)
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  5. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013
    Whoa, at this rate all it'll take is a gust of wind for it to fly away on ya...
  6. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    You still need to get Titanium hardware, mill the back side of the face plate for weight reduction, lighter power cord, and a carbon fiber case.
    Sorry, thought I was on my motorcycle forum....
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  7. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    LOL, I totally get this humor as I'm a motorcycle guy too! :)
  8. Might flip over backwards now without all that ballast
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  9. Where did you buy the knobs from? Might need to grab some of these... :hyper:
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  10. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Bought them from an eBay seller close to a year ago. I'll see if I can dig up the info. I believe they came from China and we're literally a couple of dollars total cost.
  11. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    I always had major issues with the heavy weight of that thing.
    With your mod, It might just work for me ;-)
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  12. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    ....some say you can never be too rich or too thin.......
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  13. I never really realized just how small that head was until you posted the pics with the knob switch-out- I have the exact same knobs (5 of them in a row, spaced about the same distance apart!) on an DIY overdrive pedal in a Hammond 1590b!
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