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Kay Banjolele Tuning Pegs

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Nov 19, 2019 - 12:37:34 AM
365 posts since 2/5/2014

About 6 years ago I took an ukulele class. I bought a sweet open back Kay Banjolele, probably from the mid 50’s.
One of the tuning pegs was cracked and my luthier changed out all the pegs. By the time I got the banjolele back, I had already started playing banjo, so I stored the uke.
Recently I began playing the Kay again, and realized that instead of ukulele tuners, it had banjo tuners.
The pegs are huge and it is hard to tune the ukulele. I called the luthier to see if he had the right tuners in. He said there are lots of tuning peg sizes and he wanted me to bring the uke in.
I am wary of going in to see him, due to other issues I won’t mention.
My question is: are there really a lot of different size tuning pegs? Is it possible for me to change the pegs myself?




Nov 19, 2019 - 5:11:44 AM

182 posts since 4/11/2019

It looks like the two pegs on the bottom are not able to pass one another, is that the case?

I wouldn't go back there either. Changing out tuning pegs isn't that hard, as long as you match the shaft diameter or have a handy reaming tool.

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:43:38 AM

365 posts since 2/5/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Knows Picker

It looks like the two pegs on the bottom are not able to pass one another, is that the case?

I wouldn't go back there either. Changing out tuning pegs isn't that hard, as long as you match the shaft diameter or have a handy reaming tool.


How do I measure the shaft? I have some experience tearing down a banjo to clean it, but never taken the pegs off. 

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:46:28 AM

182 posts since 4/11/2019

Remove the screws on the tuner buttons, take out the tuners, measure the hole diameter.

Nov 19, 2019 - 9:33:17 AM

365 posts since 2/5/2014

Knows Picker , thanks, I will give that a try.

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