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PostPosted: Sun 28 May 2023 04:24 PM 
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I have a VE-570 and a VSH-455 with original knobs on the volume and tone pots.
I cannot remove them with a fair amount force and at this point I wonder if they
are removable at all. The knobs are the black ones without a set screw.

I don't want to use too much force and break the pot.

Would anyone have experience with this and if they did get the knobs
off how did they?

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PostPosted: Mon 29 May 2023 11:46 AM 
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I use the knob puller from StewMac which I bought years ago when I was a tech. It does a great job on stubborn knobs:
https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tools-and-supplies/tools-by-job/tools-for-maintenance/pullit-knob-puller

There are a number of other ways to remove knobs but this is about as safe a method as you'll find. It ensures that the pressure is applied evenly so less chance of cracking the plastic.

It might be a bit pricey for a one-off use but if you have a lot of guitars, or work on guitars as I did years ago, it saves you from doing anything stoopid and damaging the pot or the guitar.

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PostPosted: Mon 29 May 2023 01:11 PM 
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Duh! I forgot that I had this tool. I used it on my Strat.
It might be expensive but it is the safest way to pull knobs off,
so it's worth the money.
Thank you Barry!!! :cheers:

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PostPosted: Mon 29 May 2023 06:35 PM 
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I love a happy ending. *sniff*

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