I'm taking apart my ESP to paint but the knobs aren't the ones tha just come off. I think they might be soldered or something but not sure. Does anyone know?
I used a piece of cloth and pliers to pull them off. The cloth is there to avoid any dents, scratches, or other damage the pliers might cause.
yehh get a cloth, and put it under the knobs, then pull them out

it even works with a thick enough pick to lever them out, with minimal damage