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Volume/ Tone Knob Removal

PFunk

Member
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I have a Epiphone Japan Les Paul (Japan Market) and I want to replace the pickups and pots and caps with some higher quality components. This guitar has the older-style amber top hat shaped knobs and the ring with the pointer underneath.

Are these knobs supposed to pop-off somehow? These particular ones are really "on-there" and if anyone has any tips on removing them then please let me know.

Also what determines if the guitar needs long or short shaft pots?

Thanks.
 

Tone_Terrific

Silver Supporting Member
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31,883
A workable tip that I picked up around here for knob removal is to use the handles of an ordinary plastic shopping bag inserted under the knob, and then pull. It works, and no damage.

A long mounting shaft is required for a thick body, so the threads extend through.
 

neil99

Gold Supporting Member
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1,709
Take 2 spoons, one on each side of the knob and use them as levers to pop the knobs off. Put a rag underneath the spoons if you are worried about the finish. Works like a charm.
 

stringer

Gold Supporting Member
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130
Always just used a soft rag. Take the edge and slide it under the knob all the way around and pull up. (similar to the plastic bag method)
 




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