Vintage Tea Cup Knobs

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harrycall
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Vintage Tea Cup Knobs

Post by harrycall » 18 Jul 2018, 10:15

Got a project on the bench.
1966 Hofner 500/1.
Been looking for Tea Cup Knobs to suit solid shaft pots.
Seem to be running into supply issues. I can get the smaller diameter to suit later splined split shaft
but the bass deserves the right ones.
Any thoughts?
Thanks
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Re: Vintage Te Cup Knobs

Post by basshack » 18 Jul 2018, 10:18

Get the splined ones and drill out the hole to suit? Or if you're not to fussed about authenticity then change the pots below for the type of knob you can get. Pots wear out and they're not an unexpected change after 52 years.
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Re: Vintage Te Cup Knobs

Post by narcdor » 18 Jul 2018, 12:35

I agree, pots are wear and tear parts and you can see them, so change them out. Keep the originals for sure but get it running. Framus offer vintage parts that may suit as well.
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Re: Vintage Tea Cup Knobs

Post by bassbass » 19 Jul 2018, 10:35

If the bass is in good condition and otherwise original, with original pots, personally I would make the knobs work. As an electronics guy I think its kind of silly, but original pots are very important to collectability.

Drill them to 1/4 inch, fill with resin, then drill and tap from the side for a grub screw. I'd also think about lightly distressing the knobs.
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Re: Vintage Tea Cup Knobs

Post by narcdor » 19 Jul 2018, 16:26

Damn phone, I meant to say you CAN’T see pots, but keep them just in case.
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Re: Vintage Tea Cup Knobs

Post by skullsplitter » 19 Jul 2018, 19:03

Great Guitars in Qld are always good for Hofner parts and advice http://www.greatguitars.com.au

Another Hofner nut is Darren at Guitar Emporium in Melbourne.

There was also a guy called Verithin Geoff in Qld who offered reconditioning of Preh/Hofner pots but I think he retired recently. Website is http://www.verithingeoff.com Or one of the above folks would probably know if he's still active.

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