Fender three spoke vintage knobs

As with Gibson vintage knobs there is nothing that quite gets the look and feel of the real thing. There is a lot of confusion and mis-representation in regard 'vintage' Stratocaster knobs. The ABS 'three spoke' knob came in during 1957 and remained pretty much the same through the 1960s and 70s. They are identifiable if you know what to look for. The main 'tell' is the small numerals and the serif (the little projection) on the numeral 1 and numeral 10 - see photograph below. The numerals became bigger towards the end of the 70s and early eighties when the four spoke version started to appear. There are dozens of replica/clone knobs but nothing comes close to passing for vintage. Some expensive Japanese replica knobs have the small numerals and the correct three spokes but the font is different and does not have the serif.


Perfect set fitting flush on a  guard


This original set has remained white


Perfect matched Stratocaster knob set


Selection of Stratocaster “plastic"


Note serifs on the 1 and 10 numerals


Underneath shows three spoke detail


Examples of sets available for sale


Two nice sets with matching covers


Knurling detail from the same set