Where can I find "quality" knobs for Les Paul? Instead of cheap plastic stock ones...

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  1. annostyle

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    Anyone else find the stock knobs on a Les Paul cheap and plastic? On both Epi and Gibson. They feel like plastic parts you would find on a toy. I'm looking for something better quality that has a bit more of a heavy duty feel to it. I'm working on a vintage Epi Les Paul project and I'm just curious if there is anything out there with a less toylike feel.

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    What exactly do you want them to be made of?
     
  3. annostyle

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    Just curious if there are some aftermarket knobs that feel a little less cheap.
     
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    Buy metal knobs from the plethora of online sellers?

    If gibson used different knobs... people would have something else to complain about because they wouldn't be "historically accurate."

    Sigh...
     
  5. Ulug

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    Knobs are cheap and they're made of plastic. What would you like them to be made of? I've made a couple of bone knobs myself in the past, but why bother? :)
     
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    Dice knobs, 'cause that's how I roll.


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    I like those!
     
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    $12 for 2 knobs. $78 for 4 aged knobs.
     
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    There is a world of difference between the epi and Gibson knobs in my experience. I also vastly prefer bell knobs and reflector knobs to the cylindrical 'speed knobs', regardless of vintage accuracy. In my experience guitars with fancy knobs end up looking cheaper than guitars with cheap knobs.
     
  13. 71strat

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    I got these Unaged from Historic Makeovers/Retrospec. These are exact replicas of late 50's Les Paul knobs. They also have the Green in them as per the Originals.



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    '50s Amber Bonnet Knobs


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    1 Set of four amber bonnet knobs, as featured on late '50s Les Pauls. Lightly aged to perfection, with the right amount of greening underneath.:munch:stir:hide


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    I also used Historic Makeovers/Retrospec Nonaged pickup switch tip, R/T Ring, Mojo Axe Pick guard and Backplates. Throbak M69 Rings, Retrospec Truss Rod Cover. All nonaged.

    Pig Tail bridge assembly - 50's .015 x .022 NOS Bumblebees, and Tom Holmes pickups.
     
  14. onemoretime

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    I am too anal to have those. I would have to have 1,2,3 on the top.
     
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    There's lots of places to find cool knobs that are not cheap plastic:

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    I actually really like the aged RS guitar works knobs
     
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    Reminds me of the dice valve caps I had on the wheels of my BMX bike as a kid. I had one white and one red. Someone tried to steal my white ones, and I fought him. We ended up trading, which is how then ended up mix-matched. True story hahaha.

     
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    good bad or otherwise, I bought some regular Gibson branded gold bell knobs for my ES335 Dot. I am pretty picky and I think they look and feel and fit just fine.
     
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