REPLACING KNOBS ON 2016 LP TRADITIONAL

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  1. Jonboy

    Jonboy Junior Member

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    I HAVE A 2016 TRAFITIONAL PRO III, WHEN PURCHASED NOTICE 2 CRACKED KNOBS.WOULD LIKE TO REPLACE THEM,BUT THEY ARE VERY TIGHT(ON PISH/PUSH POTS). I HAVE HEARD OF POTS BEING DAMAGED TRYING TO REMOVE KNOBS...BEST WAY TO GO ABOUND REMOVING/REPLACING KNOBS...THANKS
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    I've damaged a pot pulling one off, once.

    Since it's push/pull, it will be easy to get under the knob. Sort of like what this dude is doing:


    Wrap the edge of a t-shirt under, and lift the shirt. If it seems like it is VERY difficult, stop.


    Then (and this is just me, because I love the Dremel).... I would protect the surface of the guitar, and use a Dremel cutting wheel to crack the knob in half.
     
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    flamesarewicked Senior Member

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    I use a knob puller tool.. it was less than $10 online.. just put new knobs on my 17 traditional 67A8375C-23D3-428D-8B4C-9A00291A6CE1.jpeg
     
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    bluesriffdev Senior Member

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    I've never changed knobs on a push/pull pot, how would they be different to normal pots in terms of risk of being damaged?

    I'd just do what the persons above have said, or get a piece of string, form a knot over the knob and pull it upwards towards you.
     
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    mux164 Senior Member

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    Shoelaces work great, or I have even used wires out of an old extension cord that I have stripped
     
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    I would think knobs on push/pulls need to be snug. Don't want to pop one off during a show.
     
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    It’s possible to pull the entire shaft out, don’t ask me how I know this. Then it’s new pot time.

    You can normally do it by going slow and carefully.... but if you are getting rid anyway cutting it off is a safer answer.
     
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    I’ve always used the cloth method - put cloth under the knob, twist it tightly to “grab” the knob and and pull upwards. Personally, I’d avoid anything where you’re putting ANY pressure on the top. Easy and cheaper to replace a pot vs a dent in your finish. Even if you were to damage the pot (doubtful), they are pretty cheap and easily installed. Don’t worry about it so much.
     
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    All the advise so far is fine for normal pots, but a tight knob on a push/pull does need more care... there is a very real chance of damage if it’s not done slowly and carefully
     
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    I would try to offer advice but, I’ve broken many knobs :doh:
     
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