I almost always make my own knobs for the instruments that I build, and I occasionally make custom knobs for others too. This is one of those things that, thanks to my lovely little old South Bend lathe, is a relatively small task which adds a finishing touch that doesn’t compare to anything “off the shelf”.
During my time at Parker Guitars, one of my tasks was to make ebony knobs for the Spanish Fly guitars, which were a classy upgrade to the standard plastic and rubber knobs. Somehow word got out on the forums that I could still make custom wooden knobs, and it became (at times) a regular part of my business.
This time around, as I was making knobs for a new 5-string Torzal bass, I decided to pull out the camera so I could capture the process and share it with the world. Take a look….
Here are a couple of examples of knobs I have made for other guitars: