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wooden knob source?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by membranophone, Jul 21, 2003.


  1. membranophone

    membranophone

    Mar 19, 2000
    Madison, WI
    One of the knobs on my elrick broke, so I think I'd like to replace them with some nice wooden ones.
    Does anyone know of a website that sells wooden knobs? So far I've only found plastic and metal ones.


    Mods, my apologies if this is in the wrong forum.
     
  2. membranophone

    membranophone

    Mar 19, 2000
    Madison, WI
    eek! expensive!

    Got anything cheaper?
     
  3. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    This is the only one I know of. Besides, you play an Elrick--you don't want to put any cheap stuff on that nice thing, do you?;)
     
  4. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    You can make your own. Other than that THG are the only wooden ones I have found.
     
  5. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    Roger just made me two sets of knobs; one cocobolo set of three and an stunning set of five flamed maple knobs
    inlaid with domes of spalted maple.

    they definitely induce sticker shock... but they are worth it.
     
  6. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
  7. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    flamed maple with inlaid spalted maple domed tops...
     
  8. membranophone

    membranophone

    Mar 19, 2000
    Madison, WI
    :eek: :eek: Those are gorgeous!

    I'm going to look around a bit more, but man,
    I'm starting to think that maybe its worth the $95.
     
  9. permagrin

    permagrin

    May 1, 2003
    San Pedro, CA
    A few years ago one of the guys at USA Custom Guitars in Washington did a jazz body for me and threw in a set of rosewood knobs for about $10. Not amazing or gorgeous, but very nice. I have them on a bass now, had to put a little masking tape on the pot post to stay snug.

    It wasn't a USA thing, IIRC he had a friend that turned them for him, but it wouldn't hurt to ask them.
     
  10. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Getting some knew knobs for the Conklin Bob??

    :p

    I just might have to get a set for the spalt top 8 I have comeing!!
     
  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    FWIW - the old standby, www.allparts.com , has some nice knobs - water buffalo horn, simulated ivory, boxwood, rosewood, ebony, and tigerwood (below) -

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  12. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Sounds nice!! Can't wait to see the bass with them on!

    The more I think about it the more I'm inclined to get a set of spalt ones for my 8 string!!
     
  13. Jonesy4fnk

    Jonesy4fnk Supporting Member

    Roger at THG just made me this set of knobs. 2 are walnut with spated maple caps, the others are flame maple with spalted caps, he's making some spalt maple toggle covers too. Can't wait to get them on my new Brubaker.
     
  14. Jonesy4fnk

    Jonesy4fnk Supporting Member

    oh here's a pic of them
     
  15. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
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    They are some really nice knobs.

    How does one go about making their own knobs for a bass? Id like to par-take and have a try :D
     
  16. I would guess you would use a lathe to make your own knobs. I happen to work at a machine shop and run a CNC lathe. I cut differnt metals all the time, I could make some metal knobs no problem, but I don't know how to cut wood.

    Anybody know what the different speeds and feeds would be used to get a good cut on some wood? Maybe I could whip up a few batches for us talkbassers! Woodworkers, help me out!
     
  17. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I have a metal lathe, and i can turn wood fine, i just have to go extremley slow...
     
  18. I'm having a walnut dowel shipped to me, then I'm going to attemt to make some knobs on the CNC lathe. I'll let you guys know how it went.
     
  19. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
    Yes they are. Mine had two different bore sizes and the fit on with no problems. great looking too. You should spend the jack since you have a nice bass. Hell, even if you had a less expencive bass.

    http://www.thgknobs.com/Gallery3.html

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