Best Place To Get An Accurate Tone Knob Replacement For '61 Reissue SG?

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  1. linclink

    linclink Member

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    I've got a '61 SG Reissue (2012 I think, maybe 2013... baked maple fretboard if that helps), Cherry Satin finish...I think the knobs are called "Top Hats"- is that right?

    Anyhow the tone knob on it just broke & I want to get a replacement that's accurate & doesn't stand out as "the replacement knob that tries to, but doesn't match the other 3"...Help!!

    Soooooo...where to go?
    1) All Parts (offers single tone knob)?
    2) WD (offers one tone & volume knob for same price as All Parts single)?
    3) Gibson (only offers sets of all 4- most expensive- but maybe only fully accurate option?)?
     
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    Kris Ford Well-Known Member

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    Depends on which version. If its the dished chrome, you can't go wrong with these:
    Bell Hat Knobs Black with Silver Reflector US Set of 4 - Philadelphia Luthier Tools & Supplies, LLC
    There is a more "modern" looking version that has a flat top with a brushed silver insert with a large font..if it's those, Id replace all 4 with the above set..they're by far the most vintage accurate repro made, and the chrome insert looks really sharp. I gave no problem using these on a vintage SG as stand ins until I find period correct vintage knobs...and can't beat the price!
     
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  3. linclink

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    Thanks! Mine is not a flat top, so theses look like they'll do the trick. I'll probably just replace all 4 then.
     
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    Or you could replace one and have three spares! Either way you have three spares I guess. :hmm: Maybe have to get a Firebird to use up those three spare knobs!:)
     
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    Ha!!! Well you know... I've got a John Lennon Signature Epiphone Casino for my P-90 needs (best P-90 guitar I've ever played & I tried out a bunch- beat out some ES-330's, & other Gibson's, to get the job) & my '61 Reissue SG with Classic 57's has me set for humbuckers...but...technically I don't have anything with mini-humbuckers!!!

    So I guess that's a Firebird, or a Les Paul Deluxe...now that's a tough call!
    Though to be honest, I'm a little more of a Fender guy, though by less of a margin than ever.

    If I went for anything more with humbuckers in it, it'd probably be a 6120 double cutaway Gretsch, with TV Jones Classics...just to have a hollow body with humbuckers, & a different type of humbucker too...

    ...but that, & an old Rickenbacker 360 6-string with toasters (& old because I only like the old thin necks), and maybe a Jaguar (already have a Strat, Tele & Jazzmaster, so the Jaguar sounds too close to Strat & Tele unless I was gonna put lipstick pickups in it, or something like that)...those would be my, winning the lottery guitars.

    To be honest, I'm pretty thrilled, & satisfied, with all I have, so I doubt I'll ever go for much more (barring a lottery win)...got a Danelectro DC-3 too...and for 12's an old mid-60's Rickenbacker 360-12 (toasters & thin neck & I can use it as a 6-string too, if needed) & Danelectro DC-12, then a Dano U2 Baritone...and for Bass a Hofner Contemporary Beatle Bass (humbuckers) & a Dano DC-Bass (single coil)...and for the record & finale, they go through two old late 60's/early 70's silverface with blackface insides Fender Deluxe Reverbs & an old U.K. made Vox AC-15TBX (where the "X" denotes the hallowed Celestion Blue Speaker)

    I've got pedals to get, & a good lap steel & cheapie dobro (to go with my cheap mandolin)...and when I get more settled housing wise, drums & keyboards, bass amp etc. ... the next money goes to some PA stuff though I think...but that Firebird idea would solve my knob problem ;)
     
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