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Aug 16, 2022 - 10:14:27 AM
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These are the tuners which came with the banjo.
The banjo is an early 25 Gibson ball bearing, TB4 conversion, with a Frank Neat neck.
I might have been told they were the tuners from the original neck but I don’t recall for sure.
I have never followed tuner’s much, so I don’t know exactly what they are.
They have always worked pretty good, but they can be a stiff and “catchey”
Feels like they could use a properly done cleaning and lubrication.
I’m not about to do that myself unless I can know exactly how to correctly do this.
I once tried it, don’t know what brand they were, but I had tiny little gears coming out that would have given a watchmaker nightmare’s. Never got it back together either.
I know these must have some value, whatever they are, so I’m going to proceed with due caution.

Thank you

 

Aug 16, 2022 - 12:25:18 PM

969 posts since 2/17/2005

Pat. Pend Ludwigs. My personal fave vintage tuners. Smaller shaft and low profile - best looking pegs for vintage Vegas/Fairbanks etc. Not the highest gear ratio but better than friction tuners. They have a unique attachment 'nut' which utilizes a spanner wrench. I also really like the look of them on the peghead face.

Aug 16, 2022 - 2:37:41 PM

rmcdow

USA

1203 posts since 11/8/2014

What does the peghead side of the tuners look like?

Aug 16, 2022 - 7:51:50 PM

10000 posts since 8/28/2013

What does all that engraving say?

If these are the old Ludwig tuners, they usually work well. Many Ludwig banjos have had them removed for use on more popular banjos.

The very best tuners I've ever used were the old Ludwig tuners on a Vega banjo I once owned. Smooth, not too touchy, and very good at holding string tension.

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