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Fairchild Pointer Knob - Medium - 1/4" Smooth Shaft (52.5mm OD)

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We call this the "Medium" Fairchild Pointer Knob, but let's be real: At 51.5mm, end to end, this is one heckin' big knob. Mix and and match it with our "small" and large" sizes, or just let this shiny, sturdy pointer knob dominate your gear all on its own. It's got all the classic, mid century vibes your gear needs to pull off a coveted retro look.

The Fairchild Pointer Knobs owe their distinctive look to the knobs used on the Fairchild Tube Compressor 660-670, one of the great tube compressors of the mid-twentieth century and a rare find today, as fewer than 1,000 were built in the 1950s. These audio control knobs are perfect replacements for vintage radio projects, audio gear, and any build that evokes that Western Electric aesthetic.

Made of durable phenolic plastic for 1/4" smooth shaft potentiometers.

Three sizes available:

Small: 29.5mm OD

Medium: 52.5mm OD

Large: 61mm OD

The Specs:

Fairchild Pointer Knob

Phenolic plastic knob

White painted indicator

Brass cup insert with flat head set screw

For 1/4" (6.4mm) smooth shaft potentiometer

19mm tall

52.5mm outer diameter, from pointer to end of knob

33.5mm outer diameter of circle on top of knob


Read up (and watch a cool repair video) on what VintageKing calls "the most expensive piece of mass-produced audio gear" here.