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Apr 24, 2019 - 5:46:59 AM
147 posts since 9/21/2018

I'm messing around in Solidworks today designing a peghead template for a potential summer project (I'm a teacher, I have to entertain myself somehow).

Is there a rule of thumb for locating the tuning pegs? I.E. how far from the nut for 2 and 3, how far from 2 and 3 for 1 and 4, how far from center line?

Once I get it looking the way I want I'll 3D print it to have as a jig for future projects that anger my wife.

Thank in advance!

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:03:16 AM
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14158 posts since 3/27/2004

You can find 3 pages of peg head profiles as downloadable pdf sheets if you scroll down THIS page.

If you're drawing from scratch you should do front and side profiles using the tuner type you'll actually be using so you can insure the strings don't end up touching the string posts AND that the distance and peg head back angle is sufficient to make sure that the strings will have enough break angle over the nut so that they stay firmly seated in the slots.

Using the actual dimensions of your chosen tuner will also ensure that the rear housing of the tuner don't protrude past the edge of your peg head outline.

All this stuff is easy in a CAD or drawing program, obviously.

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:22:54 AM

147 posts since 9/21/2018

Thanks for the link and the tips, rudy. I'll put points in for string spacing and check the layout. For break over angle purposes, at least on this first attempt, I'll probably get a pre-made neck from StewMac or First Quality or the like. Baby steps.

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:21:58 AM
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5901 posts since 8/28/2013

One other thing: make sure you have enough space so that the tuner buttons won't bump into each other.

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