With playing guitar one finds themselves faced with a few technical challenges that makes playing guitar (especially live) more difficult that it has to be. As guitarist we already have plenty to deal with, and I’m always looking for ways to make things easier on stage. Often times it starts with just good gear, but also could mean good cables, new picks, new strings, good strap, etc. These things can really help you to focus on the important things.. playing your instrument.
One of the things I’ve been frustrated with and been trying to find a solution is with knob movement on certain pedals. Some of my pedals are set for basic ‘tone’ settings, while others are primarily used for lead boosts or to build a crazy build up. Pretty typical stuff. One pedal, the Creation Audio Labs Holy Fire is one of my favorite go-to pedals for lead/boosts. It’s a beast of a pedal and it means business when you step on it. The controls are touchy (which I like) but the pots have loosened up over the years. Since it’s a boost pedal, I usually hit in certain spots of the song, and sometimes I’m a bit reckless when I kick it on. The result.. messed up knob settings. I’m constantly adjusting this pedal between songs (and sometimes during the song). It was getting to the point of becoming a problem.
At first, I thought it was just the bracket and set-screw, and thought that was limiting, but then I realized it’s the bracket, set-screw and a machined knob. What you would do is replace your existing knobs with these. You would mount the bracket using the nut for the existing pedal pot (be careful when you do this, since the pot will be loose during the install). The set-screw is used to ‘lock’ the knob, or tighten the position. I thought that was quite cool. Tightening the set-screw, but not all the way, allowed the knob to still move (clicking as your rotate), or you can lock it all the way.
Here is a before photo of my Holy Fire
Once the pedal had the knob stops installed, I was blown away by how it kept the knobs in place with me kicking this pedal over and over again. I have to re-train my brain to not be concerned and constantly checking these knobs between songs.
Here is the official description from Tapestry Audio:
The Knob Stop is precision machined out of a solid piece of steel and is designed to keep your settings in the right spot. As you tension down the ball plunger set screw with your fingers, the Knob Stop can be locked down completely or can be tensioned so that the knob clicks firmly into place. If you are tired of your settings getting kicked and moved, you should try out the Knob Stop.
*Knob Stop’s L-bracket is .30″ in diameter which fits most standard pots. Please measure before ordering.
Knob Stops are $5 ea, and the 5 pack is $19. Frankly, this should be a no-brainer as a purchase if you have trouble with knobs moving around on you. I would HIGHLY recommend these. They work perfectly. My only complaint with the knobs, is that it’s hard to see the indicator notch on the face of the knob, but some paint or ink might handle this perfectly. You can purchase these knob stops at their website! Check ’em out!
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