Lennon 325 Knobs

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Lennon 325 Knobs

Postby (mrpicard) » Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:32 pm

Hi. I have one of the 1990s 325v59 Rickenbackers and I am trying to track down the knobs that were used on John Lennon's guitar around in 1961. What I am looking for is not the Rogan TV knobs, not the Hofner knobs, not the Burns silver knobs. Specifically, I am looking for the knobs as seen on John's guitar in photos taken in December 1961. These appear to be black with a silver top. The silver top appears to have a pointy centre pointing away from the guitar (quite unusual). Has anyone been able to track down these knobs or even a reasonable copy of them? Of course, knowing what radio, TV, HiFi, amplifier or ham radio set they are from would be brilliant :-). Thanks, David.
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Postby (jingle_jangle) » Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:47 pm

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Postby (jingle_jangle) » Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:49 pm

Got a pic?
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Postby (mrpicard) » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:30 pm

HI. I have posted a few images on http://homepage.mac.com/david.cittadini/FileSharing21.html

Hope this helps :-)
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Postby (grinch) » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:51 pm

The same day Lennon put on the Bigsby, he stopped off at a store called "Beaver Radio" and bought some radio knobs that he put on his guitar.

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The WITH website used to sell reproductions, and some people have tried ordering specially case ones from this website:

http://www.antiqueradioknobs.com/services.html

Hope it helps!
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Postby (mrpicard) » Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:52 pm

I will let you know how I get on. The thing I find fascinating about these knobs is that the center point on these knobs is convex and not concave - the point comes out from the knob rather than into the knob like the Burns knobs do. I am not too sure if people pick up on that detail. All you have to do is look at the pattern of light. Anyway, will let you know how I get on...
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Postby (leftybass) » Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:20 am

They were used on a specific brand of radio, I can't think of the brand at the moment...Grundig perhaps?
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Postby (glen_l) » Thu Apr 13, 2006 5:10 am

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Postby (mrpicard) » Thu Apr 13, 2006 5:37 am

Possibly? What are they from?
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Postby (mrpicard) » Fri Apr 14, 2006 6:25 pm

I have been in contact with Larry Bordonaro at Old Time Replications (http://www.antiqueradioknobs.com/services.html). He reports that it is an urban legend that he sells or that he can replicate the Lennon knobs :-)
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Postby (jps) » Fri Apr 14, 2006 6:41 pm

There are a couple of pics in the Rittor book of these knobs on the guitar.
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Postby (mrpicard) » Tue May 23, 2006 6:28 am

It's OK. I found the knobs used between August 1961 and September 1962.
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Postby (2ricks) » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:06 pm

where? I want to get some.

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Postby (2ricks) » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:11 pm

where? I want to get some.

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Postby (jingle_jangle) » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:51 pm

where? I want to get some.

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