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Username: brianm

Post Number: 13
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 4:20 pm:   Edit Post

I would like to temporarily remove the knobs on my 1970's Series I. I've heard that some knobs are attached to the pots and can be damaged by just trying to pull them off. Does any one know if I can just unscrew the tightening screw that holds the knob in place and pull the knob off, or is the knob attached to the pots?
Username: edwin

Post Number: 99
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 4:25 pm:   Edit Post

Just loosen the screws (Allen head- not sure of the size) and the knob will come off easily. The ones that are tricky are the collet knobs (usually on preamps) where you need to pry off the cap and loosen the screw on the inside.

Username: mica

Post Number: 2722
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - 5:20 pm:   Edit Post

The type of knob you have has 2 sets screws. Loosen them both and after a little wiggle to dislodge 20 years of sweat and dust, it should slip right off. You don't have to take them out all the way, but if you loose one, replace with 6/32 x 3/16 set screws from a hardware store.

You'll need a 1/16" hex driver for the set screws.

When you replace the knobs, to make sure they aren't riding on the top of the finish, put a business card on either side of the nut holding the bushing before tightening, then check to see if you've got the knob on straight.

The other knobs you've heard about are held on by a collet. It's easy to loosen if you take the cap off the knob. If you don't loosen those, when you take the knob off, the shaft of the pot will come off at the same time.

[Thanks, Edwin! I started this message, went out the shop "for a second"]

(Message edited by mica on November 01, 2005)
Username: brianm

Post Number: 14
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 12:57 pm:   Edit Post

Edwin, Mica, Thank you very much!!! Great tip about the biz cards!

I still can't get over the high quality of help I've received from Mica, Alembic and every one at this board. I'm still be blown away by my "new" Series bass and the help I get from this board. I'm now totally hooked on Alembic. If customer service is this good for some one who owns a 30+ year old Series bass and a used fretless Epic, it must be amazing for new basses.

After owning and playing the best, I've decided to sell my 5 string Warwick Daulphin. It's a nice bass in great shape but I haven't picked it up since I've got my Series I.

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