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Anyone change the knobs on their 700 electric?


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#1 Spiderplayer7

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 07:34 AM

Hi there. I'm just using my black 700 electric for the first time in a while and I'm really liking using it - it sounds great and plays really well. But one thing I've never liked is that there's too much chrome hardware on it for my liking - I like nickel hardware, to my eyes chrome looks too brash and, well, cheap, I'm afraid.

 

So I'm on a mission to make some changes. I've just replaced the tuner buttons with camel bone (ivory coloured) and I would now like to change the knobs as well. Has anyone changed their vol or tone knobs and would know the shaft diameter of the pots - I'm going to replace them with amber speed knobs. And any thoughts on replacing the model selector knob? I know that one's going to be a bit harder, but anyone have any ideas??

 

Thanks in advance!


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#2 Charlie_Watt

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:44 AM

Model selector knob will be a problem.  There is a detent that keeps it in a position for each model.  That control is actually a pot.  The position of the pot is read by an A/D converter to tell the computer what model is selected.  You could always paint over it.  You will have to remove one of the knobs to determine if your desired replacement will fit.  They are fairly standard pots.


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Posted 21 June 2014 - 12:29 AM

Thanks for your reply. I thought that the model selector would be a problem - not sure I really want to mess with it just for aesthetic reasons! Do you know if the top (knurled) bit of the model selector knob unscrews? It looks like it might but if anyone's actually done it it would be good to know... I think I'll take the vol and tone knobs off and see what diameter the shaft is.


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