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G'day all~  I am in need of one of these knobs for my 40's Epiphone Lap Steel? Even if it's close in design, I would consider. Got one?

Thanks 

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The closest modern production knobs are probably on the reissue steels.  They are a bit different and I can't find any for sale by themselves.

https://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-EPI-EFCL-LIST

What happened to original? Lost or broken? 

Finding an original like that, (or even the carousal knobs like on the reissue) will be tricky.  If you have another to copy you may want to consider a silicone molding kit.  I'd make two new knobs from a casting of the original, and put the original somewhere safe.

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I haven't tried this myself, but it's an alternative you might want to consider if you are unable to find what you're looking for... 

 

 

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Mrbrown,,, I have the original, but while attempting to gently coerce it on to the shaft, it crumbled into 3 or 4 pieces, and every time I tried to glue pieces together, more broke off. Like tuners on an old Jr.! Right now, glue is drying & I have all the pieces. Just exercising my gentle touch & trying to keep as much crud off the outside as possible. The glue remnants will remain, or else I'll be tending a pile of dust & a lone screw. I was forewarned that one knob had a repaired crack, but this is comedic. 🤔

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tksmith.net - had some resin knobs, not just like that, but similar.

website shows they're sold out right now, but if they look right, you might ask if he's going to do another run.

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Those early knobs were made of Bakalite which yellowed with age.  What I'd suggest is getting some that are from the same era with the same kind of look, at least till you find an exact replacement which is going to be difficult.  I've been an electronic tech since the 60's and worked on all kinds of vintage gear and those Epi knobs are pretty much one of a kind.  Highly unlikely someone's going to have some just hanging around unless its some mom and pop music shop that used to sell Epiphones. 

I googles Bakelite Guitar Knobs and found a few that might work. 

The white ones here - https://tubedepot.com/products/vintage-control-knob?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpK_XqY6V5wIVEIzICh1s6QuIEAkYASABEgIHQ_D_BwE

This site has those pre war knobs in black,  #480 used on budget Kalamazoo & Master tone instruments - http://www.gibson-prewar.com/prewar-bakelite-knobs/

Here's a set in white - $95 is really high though.   https://reverb.com/item/6996066-epiphone-celluloid-octagon-pointer-knobs-c-1940s-1950s-original-vintage-bakelite

Still better then $225 however - https://reverb.com/item/25942036-epiphone-knobs-zephyr-deluxe-regent-century-emperor-1950-s-cream-bakelite

These are similar to that era.  https://lovemyswitches.com/cream-davies-1470-clone-knob-12-7-x-25-4mm/

Same here  https://reverb.com/item/26183353-gibson-lap-steel-bakelite-knob-40-s-50-s-aged-white-cream

Heres a huge lot of vintage for $25 including a black one of those epi knobs.  https://www.ebay.com/i/274099980392?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=274099980392&targetid=859829361278&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9027638&poi=&campaignid=6470742440&mkgroupid=88656158866&rlsatarget=pla-859829361278&abcId=1141156&merchantid=101828984&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-LHUh5OV5wIVjIbACh3CywdBEAQYGiABEgLg5fD_BwE

Here's a sit with plenty of them.  http://www.oldradioparts.com/knobs.htm

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