speed knobs or top hats???

opalburn

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what do you guys prefer??? i've got top hats on my epi, and speed knobs on my gibby, and i'm thinking about getting some black top hats for my gibby... any suggestions?
 

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it depends on the finish. some combos look funky.
 

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Functionality, speed knobs have the upper hand but I like the looks more of the top hats.
 

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it depends on the finish. some combos look funky.

I'm gonna agree with him on this one. On worn brown, I can picture black speed knobs. I personally think reflectors look pretty awsome on almost any finish, but in the end its up to the player I suppose.
 

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I like top hats, but it does depend on the finish as stated above. Don't really care for speed knobs, but they look good on some.
 

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Personally I like gold top tophats on my custom..

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a pic would help (to visualize the difference) like noted, depends on the model & finish.
I prefer top hats, but they might not look right on a VM. photo shop it!
 

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Although you narrowed down the alternatives to speed knobs and top hats, I just thought I'd mess it up some :) I've got the same guitar as you, the VM, and I've put chromed dome knobs on mine. Unorthodox perhaps, but who cares?
 

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i don't really think that the mirrored top hats would look right on the vm, but the ones that are completely black may look good...
 

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Speed knobs on a custom, top hats on everything else.
sounds about right to me... or at least, that has always been my preference

given the relative inexpensiveness of each style, suggest buy a set of each and see what pleases your eye the most?

an extra benefit of speed knobs is that they increase the speed of my playing by at least 87 s.p.n. (i.e., strokes per nanosecond) the last time i timed myself,
which i believe is significantly faster than i can achieve with top hats - not that they do not look cool, but there is a trade-off regarding plectrum velocity...
different strokes for different folks

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Amber speedknobs on my ebony standard look better than amber tophats imo.
 

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