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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:36 am    Post subject: The hunt for bronco knobs Reply with quote

The hunt for bronco knobs has left us with various solutions, so I thought it might be interesting to see if I could build some out of the various options.

First we found the fender musicmaster bass amp/Rhodes piano knobs that we did a group buy a while back, but I can't find those on eBay any more. I have two kicking around, so I trimmed the f logo top part off of the pointer metal surround.



The bit you have to trim off/remove


There are also Randall knobs with numbers on the metal ring, but R on the plastic. Side by side they look very similar, so i was hoping to find a few of each to see if I can fit the F plastic to the Randall metal piece.



Next up is sourcing parts, I have 2 pointer knobs, now I need to find some Randall knobs to take apart. If anyone knows where I can get more of each, that would be awesome as I am sure there is bound to be some trial and error in this whole process.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fender Blenders use the same numbered knobs. I have never been able to find any outside buying a Fender Blender



Some vintage ones had both knobs


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another knockoff knob

http://www.banzaimusic.com/Dial-901-knob.html


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iirc ri fender blender knobs don't have set screws, they are more like gibson.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finboy wrote:
Iirc ri fender blender knobs don't have set screws, they are more like gibson.


The knobs on my Bronco don't have set screws.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome for starting all this Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not what you're looking for exactly but this site has some interesting looking knobs that I've not come across before. Some are meant for amps and pedals but would look pretty nice on a guitar I think.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really like these

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd really like to find one or two of those Randall knobs.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have tracked down 20 knobs with numbers, and am working on about 10 more without. The ones without numbers I am trying to figure out if it is best to get the numbers etched, painted, who knows?

I would still love to find some place that can make these, I have enough that I could send a knob or two so they could manufacture to spec, but likely there would be minimum order quantities. Anyone have suggestion at this point? With new starcasters coming out, and a lot of people wanting them for related shortscales, I would love to see enough of these so we can have a similar setup that offset has with their white witch hats, and we can take another part off the fender extinction list. Hopefully Jim's machinest buddy can help with the replacement bronco collets as well Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered a Starcaster so I'm after these too. The Randall knobs look alright.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Uploaded with ImageShack.us

Yesterday I made one from cast resin with an LED inside. Probably less than helpful.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guitar teacher in the '90s had a Randall Commander combo with those R knobs.



Teh Kurdtz swore by this as his at-home amp apparently, according to an interview with Courtney Love and footage of him playing at home in LTSO
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul_ wrote:
My guitar teacher in the '90s had a Randall Commander combo with those R knobs.



Teh Kurdtz swore by this as his at-home amp apparently, according to an interview with Courtney Love and footage of him playing at home in LTSO


I have about 6-8 of those R knobs at the moment. Maybe if I buy a Starcaster I could use 4 and the R could stand for Reissue.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

h8mtv wrote:


Uploaded with ImageShack.us

Yesterday I made one from cast resin with an LED inside. Probably less than helpful.


That actually could be reeealy helpful, numbered dials are pretty common in sizing close to fenders, but they don't have the standard F center. What you have could be a great option for buying generic 2 piece knobs and replacing the center part.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can mold some black copies in higher resolution. I'm working with a few different products and am setting up a vacuum rig for bubble removal. I was planning on making myself a few 100% red tinted transparent knobs for my guitar.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3D printer?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, resin composite casting.

Is there a source for just the skirts? If so I'll buy some and see what I can do.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you'd consider letting one of those Randall knobs go I'd like to have one.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

h8mtv wrote:
If you'd consider letting one of those Randall knobs go I'd like to have one.


Let me see how many I actually have. Did you just need one?

The numbers are actually bigger on the Randall knobs than the original F knobs.
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