Music is all about the sound—that's something no one can deny. But when you go up onstage, image can be a big deal too. Going the extra mile to create your own unique stage presence is a definite way to help your band get noticed. You could go to extremes with costumes and makeup like KISS or an '80s hair metal band, but all it really takes to stand out are a few subtle details. Since your amplifier is right up there on stage with you, some new amp knobs and logos can be a great way to personalize a gig.
They can also be very practical, allowing you to replace knobs that have broken or gone missing on the road. A new knob looks a lot better than a bare metal stub, and it makes the amp a lot easier to adjust, too. You can change an amp's character with vintage-style numbered or chicken-head knobs to make even a modern model look like a classic, or you can use a more minimalist set of dials to go with a more contemporary motif.
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Along with the knobs, you might also look into replacing your amplifier jewel. These little lenses change the color of the light on a vintage Fender amp or any model that uses the same type of jewel. It can be as simple as making the amp light up in your favorite color or as well thought-out as matching your amp to the lighting effects and theme of your tour. The jewels have a threaded base, so you won't need glue or tools to install them as long as they fit the amp.
Parts aren't only for customization and replacement—these amp knobs and logos are also useful for restoration projects on genuine vintage amplifiers. If the amp has been through a lot, pieces like these are often in rough shape, so replacing them with a fresh set goes a long way to making a salvaged classic amp look like new again. When your amp is customized to match your style, you'll be one step closer to having a stage presence as good as your sound. Making yourself and your band recognizable is part of a musical career, and even subtle details like your amp knobs and logos can make an important contribution to that image.