How to Make: Dice Guitar Knobs

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Introduction: How to Make: Dice Guitar Knobs

Have you ever felt you guitar is boring looking? Do you want to add a little spice to your axe? Do you not want to spend 15$ at a specialty store for little pieces of plastic to put on your guitar. You can make really sweet guitar knobs out of a pair of old dice. I'm not telling you you could make the next Hendrix guitars with sweet graphics but these knobs are a nice accent to your insturment.


sorry for image quality these pictures were taken on my cell phone.

Step 1: Collect Supplies

If you have all the equipment lying around you will be able to do this project for pennies. Here is a list of supplies

1. Guitar.
2. Drill and 3/16" Drill bit (standard size on most guitars.)
3. Pair of old dice (you can buy new ones for less than 50cents at a local drugstore).
4. Modeling Glue (Optional).

It may be easier to use a drill press for the holes to make the hole straight.

Step 2: Drill Holes

Insert the bit in the drill and line up the dice. Put the center of the bit on the one dot in the die it will help you to make a more centered hole. Drill in to the die as 3/4 of the way to the other side or about the distance of the knob pole.

Step 3: Glue the Dice (optional)

Sometimes the dice wont fit snugly on the knob pole. If this happens you can take some modelers glue and put a small dot of it in the hole. Put the dice on the knob but remove it after the glue is partially dry. Wait for the glue to dry and put the knobs back on. the glue will fill in the extra space and the knob will fit better.

Step 4: End

Set your volume and tone and Rock on

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    19 Discussions

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    Glockenator
    Glockenator

    10 years ago on Step 3

    whatever you do, DONT glue them, use a little bit of paper or tape. gluing means the knobs wont come so if you have to replace them or remove for the guitar to be fixed youre screwed

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    ifli
    ifli

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

     you are not actually glueing the knobs. you put glue in the hole, wait till it is half dry, and then put it on the post. If you take them off the glue will stay in the shape of the post because at this point it is the consistency of clay. clean the posts off and then put the knobs back on when the glue fully dries.

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    Lt. Duct Tape
    Lt. Duct Tape

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    A way to make sure of this is to put a little petroleum jelly (Vaseline) onto the knob post before you stick the knobs on to make sure there's no bondage.

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    Glockenator
    Glockenator

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    oh ok. i didnt know what you meant

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    Drum_Dude
    Drum_Dude

    11 years ago on Introduction

    how do you take off the old knobs? or do I hafta buy a new volume and tone pot?

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    ifli
    ifli

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    get underneath them with a flat screw driver and wiggle them out be gentle if u wanna keep em but its not hard

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    Koelker12
    Koelker12

    11 years ago on Introduction

    it that a laguna? anyways nice instructable, i think im going to do this...

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    ifli
    ifli

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    That would be cool but since legos are hollow it may me hard to mount them on the guitar

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    waterplantje
    waterplantje

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    well i could fill it with kit or something maybe that would help :)

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    mkkrushmt
    mkkrushmt

    11 years ago on Introduction

    awesome instructable, do you think i could do something like this bit withsmall wooden cabnet knobs? thnx

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    mike patterson

    You can also make a switch top by drilling undersize hole in small die and heating switch post carefully--push on die. For a tele or strat style switch.

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    DIYfan
    DIYfan

    11 years ago on Step 4

    This is a nice project! Easy, fun, short and clear. I like the idea of using stuff you have around to do a task that would be far less attractive if you just went to the store and bought parts off the shelf. This makes the guitar more YOU.

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    mdlmusic
    mdlmusic

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job. I've been making knobs from dice for years. If your a little leery about gluing the dice on, try using a little bit of clay in the hole. Then when you push it on the pole it should make a pretty tight fit, but can still be removed when you want to.

    Yes but what about incorporating this for Fender's s1 switching where the volume knob is also a tone switch?

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    LeviMan_2001
    LeviMan_2001

    11 years ago on Introduction

    awesome idea, I'm putting some on the guitar I'm building, also i put the left overs on my telecaster. cool.