The Little Tool that Could – The Schatten Design Knob, Bushing, and Stud Puller Review

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The Schatten Design Guitar/Bass Knob, Bushing, and Stud Puller Review

Quick Opinion: The Schatten Design Guitar and Bass knob, bushing, and stud puller is simple genius. It uses leverage and evenly-applied pressure to safely and easily pull up even the most stubborn knobs and guitar parts.

Schatten Design Stew Mac Knob And Bushing Puller Detail Jim Pearson

I have used this tool countless hundreds of times on guitar and bass knobs and studs. I’ve even used it to pull a fragile tuner bushing from a valuable guitar’s headstock. These are a little pricy, but are worth it in the end for the damage they prevent and the comfort, speed, and ease with which one can do guitar repair work. I got mine here at StewMac.com.

Epiphone Sheraton F Hole Original Knob Detail Jim Pearson

Quality: This little tool is well-made. I just throw it in my shoebox-sized toolbox of specialty tools, often from chair hight to the toolboxes on the desk and floor. It’s never so much as chipped or shown wear. It is solid, simple, and very workable. I like this tool – it is well-made.

Here’s a link to the tool on Schatten Design’s website…

Schatten Design Stud Puller Extensions Factory Image

Schatten Design Stud Puller Extensions Factory Image

Value: I think the buy-in price is a little high. But, in the end analysis, it is very much worth its cost. It has saved me countless parts (especially fragile plastic knobs) and made me much more comfortable with working on valuable instruments. This tool has given me a new level of confidence when working with $5 guitars and $5,000 guitars.

In the past, as a beginner, I would occasionally break a knob while pulling it from a pot shaft (potentiometer shaft). I’ve even marked a guitar body or pickguard before trying to pull stubborn knobs or studs.

It has saved me more than it has cost me, by orders of magnitude, in my opinion. In the words of guitar folks, “I’d definitely miss it and replace it if it got lost!”

Features: The Schatten Design guitar/bass knob, bushing, and stud puller is fairly basic, but is designed very well for its purpose.

It comes with the puller tube (with a black foam ring stuck on the contact edge), a couple of different puller boxes (they call them “blocks”), and several threaded stud puller-assisters. Overall, it’s simple and has only what it needs. I wish it had extra protector rings, or at least a way to get more…

Epiphone Sheraton F Hole New Knob Detail Jim Pearson

Wishes: Not much to wish for with this little gem. It does a great job.