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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-23-2004, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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old 80's Rg knobs

I've got his RG from '89, i think, and it has these metal speed knobs like you'll find on guitars today, except there's no screw on the side that you loosen to get them off the pot shaft. So essentially, they're stuck on there pretty tight. I've tried just pulling on them, but it's a no-go.

Anyone know how to get these off w/o damaging the knob, pot, or guitar finish in the process?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-23-2004, 11:00 PM
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I have knobs like that on one of my guitars, although these knobs are from long after the 80s.

Mine are stuck on pretty good. Last time I tried to take them off, I pulled the knob parts almost completely out of the pot! so I had to get new pots.

Those knobs are the bane of my guitars.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2004, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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I suppose I should just resort to pulling them as hard as possible and expect to get new pots?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2004, 10:26 PM
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to make matters a little more conveinant, you might want to try filing down pots where they hold on to the knobs.

It might seem sort of dangerous, but its either that, or tearing out the pots everytime you take of the knobs
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2004, 11:18 PM
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I use a small flathead screwdriver or something small enough so that I can get it between the knob and the metal washer, or better yet the actual hex nut. Then you just work it little by little. I use a rotating motion instead of an up and down lever motion to get it started. If you leverage against the guitar you'll crack the finish or the pickguard. Once they get started they come off easily. A little lube the next time and they'll be easier.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2004, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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thanks all... btw, i won't plan on using these knobs again.
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