Really Easy Mod

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  1. manco53

    manco53 Well-Known Member

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    In an effort to make the new Gibson LP more of my own, I stumbled upon another issue today while playing.

    I would traditionally use speed knobs, though those seem a bit limited in their function too. The Les Paul has witch hats. The biggest issue I have with both is they’re smooth and plastic. In other words, my fingers often end up moving more than they should before they grab the knob because they can be a bit slippy.

    Well I had a roll of black, jiujitsu finger tape and I figure this was just what the doctor ordered. It’s nice an grippy, it’s thin and it works! Super easy mod to cure the slippy knobs!

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    manco53 Well-Known Member

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    Grip tape knobs bump
     
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    PsychoCid Well-Known Member

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    Yes!

    I'm not sure what those are called though. Top hats? Witch hats have a smaller top part I think.
     
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    manco53 Well-Known Member

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    Yes I think you’re correct, top hats perhaps. Either way, I intend to do this to my other guitars with speed knobs, but just on the bridge volume knob.
     
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    PsychoCid Well-Known Member

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    I likes it. I am a huge fan of modding for function with a side effect of unique form. :)
     
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    bc rich Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Great practical mod , Macgyver points , :cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:

    or a little pine tar on your finger ,
    where legal of course.
     
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    That's a good, simple mod.

    Here's another simple mod to do the opposite - give the knob more resistance:

    The idea is to make a soft little pad that fits between the knob and the guitar body, that is just the right thickness to cause just the right amount of friction between the knob and the body.

    Use your knob to draw a circle on some thick felt, or a thin slice of pool noodle foam (which is what I use), or whatever you have handy that is about the right thickness and won't scratch your guitar if it spins. Cut the circle out of your material so that it's diameter is just slightly less than the knob, then poke a hole through the center of it large enough for it to slip over the shaft of the pot. Then slip it on the pot shaft between the knob and the guitar body.

    I usually have to make a couple of passes at making my "friction pad" to get it to feel right, but when I do, it just feels great!
     
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    You're our resident EVH guy. You're just drawn to putting tape on stuff (y)
     
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    I've heard of this for when the knobs spin /too/ easily. Here I think he's doing the opposite, they're not easy to spin because they lack grip so this fixes it.
     
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    Tape = best pick holder ever. I have yet to lose a pick stuck to tape! The tape does eventually wear out and need replacing but it takes some time...
     
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    Yes, on second read, I see Manco53 is solving the opposite problem. I can't top the grip tape tip, that's a great one. I've updated my initial post to note that it addresses the opposite problem.
     
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    I've pretty much decided that all my mods in the future will be push push but for the Dean hardtail that's Jimmy Paged Ill give this a try, thanks!
     
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    Yes that’s correct. The knobs/pots have good resistance, I’ve definitely had some guitars that do not.

    This is similar to what I used...you may be able to find cheaper somewhere. The point is, it’s thin and I didn’t have to cut it, although you could do that if you have wider tape.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B076NZCWBR/ref=sspa_mw_detail_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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    Look up vintage Ibanez Sure-Grip knobs.

    WAY back when my old ES-175 was refurbed, the refurb-er dug around in his drawer of random parts and found a pair of Ibanez Sure-Grips (https://reverb.com/item/2051787-vintage-original-ibanez-sure-grip-knob-artist-musician-studio-mij ) and tossed them on. Later, when I bought an 81 Ibanez AR300, the owner took a $200 hit on the sell price because he didn't have the original Sure-Grips on the guitar (he thought they looked like "skateboard wheels" and replaced them with an $8 set of speeds) because the Sure-Grips were selling for $45 each on eBay.

    Ibanez has since offered both Sure Grip II and III versions, and I think there are repros of the originals on the market, but these do a good job of making speed knobs better.
     
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    dspellman Well-Known Member

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    Push-push knobs have their own issues. I've replaced them a time or two when they gave up the ghost. Apparently the mechanism isn't as robust as one would wish.
     
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    Yes! I think I’ve seen these! I’ve definitely seen the speed knobs that have the rubber band on them. Great invention.
     
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    Yes but when a push-push knob fails, it just becomes a push-pull knob. Pretty handy IMO.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll bet a soft spongy mouse pad would work too (and if you used one previously for making P90 dogear spacers, you should have plenty left)...
     
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    What about Dimebag traction knobs? They are modded speed knobs. Easy mod too. My sons Razorback guitar had them.

    I’ve also put bottle caps on different knobs (top hat, speed, etc). They look cool and make for great grip.
     
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    I have to agree with @dspellman that Sure Grip knobs are great. I kind of like the metal tele style knobs for being able to grip and use on push-pull switches. Not as ideal for a fast turn of a volume or tone control as a sure grip but, believe it or not, that's why I like them.
     
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