DANELECTRO CONCENTRIC STACKED KNOB SET
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If you are a fan of Danelectro musical instruments, like I am, you may probably already be familiar with Danelectro Concentric Stacked Knobs. On the other hand, you may not be familiar with them, as not all Danelectro guitar models made came with concentric stacked knobs, such as the Innuendo Series from Danelectro (which I happen to also love). To those of you who are not familiar with Danelectro concentric stacked knobs, I hope you will find this review enlightening, and to those of you who are familiar with these uniquely designed concentric stacked knobs, I hope that this review is helpful to you as well.
Danelectro concentric staked knobs are available as either replacements for original Danelectro guitar pots or as something for a musician to add to their current guitar. They are available from Internet dealers such as Amazon Marketplace for as little as $7.99. They are also available from the Evets Corp, which is the parent company for Danelectro musical instrument products, and they can be reached by contacting Evets Corp., 2510-G Los Posas Road #136, Camarillo, California 93010.
What is so special about the Danelectro Concentric Stacked Knobs? For one thing they are pretty unique to start out with, both in their appearance as well as in their functionality. Back in 1954 Nathan Daniel, the creator and founder of Danelectro, began producing very simple guitars, some of which bore the Danelectro brand name, and some of which bore the Silvertone name. The Silvertone guitars were made for Sears. Both the early Silvertone and Danelectro guitars were extremely similar in most ways. Both the Silvertone and Danelectro two pickup guitars featured the unique concentric stacked tone and volume knob combination. These stacked concentric knobs combined a volume and a tone control onto one pot. This design featured the volume and tone knobs stacked on top of each other, and they shared the same stem of the pot (or potentiometer as it is more accurately called).
Back in 1956, Danelectro introduced one of its best known guitar models, specifically the Danelectro U2. The Danelectro U2 had two pickups, and it utilized the stacked concentric volume and tone knobs. The Volume knob is the smaller of the two, and it sits piggy back style, above the larger Tone control knob which lies below or beneath it as the case may be.
Well what are the pros and cons of the Danelectro Concentric Stacked Knobs? One of the big pros is that if you happen to have a Danelectro Guitar that came standard with the concentric stacked knobs, and that knob should happen to need to be replaced, there is only one manufacturer of concentric stacked knobs that will fit your guitar and cosmetically appear correct, and that is the Danelectro Concentric Stacked Knob. Thus for a person who has a Danelectro Guitar, who needs to have a stacked concentric knob replaced, this is really the best way to go. You could off course replace a concentric stacked knob with a separate Volume control and a separate Tone control, but that would entail both a rewiring job as well as drilling a separate hole into the front of your guitar for the additional pot (either for the Tone or Volume control). I would absolutely recommend against this, especially if you have a vintage Danelectro Guitar, as this would dramatically reduce its desirability and value to any serious collector.
O.K., what about the cons. Well, for one thing, the Danelectro Concentric Stacked Knobs are nowhere as sturdy or as precise as a more expensive set of separate potentiometers. For instance, the pots on my Gibson 1961 Reissue SG are smooth in their response, and one can gradually notice a change in both the volume and tone as one turns the knobs up from 0 to 10. However, I must confess that this is not the case on some of my Danelectro Guitars outfitted with concentric stacked knobs. For instance, on my Danelectro DC-3 (which I happen to love), when I turn the volume up, or turn the tone up, there is not a smooth gradual increase in either the volume or tone. It is a bit jumpy and uneven, and at some points a slight turn will make a big difference, and at other points, one must make a significant turn in order to notice an audible difference in either the volume or the tone. Another con is that if one were to need to replace the pots on their guitar (such as a Gibson SG) with conventional separate volume and tone controls, and one were to replace them with a Danelectro Concentric Stacked Knob, well there would be an obvious problem right away. That is that there would be a hole in the front of the guitar where either the Volume or Tone pot would have normally been.
Well who is the Danelectro Concentric Stacked Knob set best suited to? It is clearly best suited to a person who has a Danelectro Guitar that originally came outfitted with concentric stacked knobs, and who needs to replace their original pots for some reason.
Well, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, but now if you will please excuse me, I must get back to my practicing.