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Aug 18, 2022 - 5:52:52 PM
66 posts since 1/16/2011

Hi everyone,

Can you switch out the buttons only on your tuners? Or do you have to replace the entire tuner itself?

If you can, does anyone know where I can purchase good quality black ones?

Thank you

Aug 18, 2022 - 6:09:01 PM
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59437 posts since 12/14/2005

You can switch buttons.

Would help if you could post a picture of one tuner with the button NEXT to it.

I know a guy who carved his own replacement buttons out of STONE.

But, If you can show the tuner shaft, it would be easier for some of us other OutHangers to tell you who sells that particular shape, with the proper shaft hole.

Aug 18, 2022 - 6:19:40 PM
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66 posts since 1/16/2011

Thank you I’ll add a pic tomorrow

Aug 18, 2022 - 6:20:05 PM
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13585 posts since 6/2/2008

There is no one standard tuner shaft, so even though black buttons are widely available you have to be sure that what you buy will fit your tuner. is a great source for buttons. He has them to fit various shafts. Bob Smakula is a member here and can help you get what you need.

Aug 18, 2022 - 6:27:56 PM
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349 posts since 12/6/2021

Chris Sorenson at Companion Custom Banjos is another member here who makes custom buttons. Chris can make any color, size, style you need.

Aug 18, 2022 - 8:01:59 PM
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10009 posts since 8/28/2013

Although tuners might have different buttons for different shafts, a button's hole can sometimes be filed to make it fit. Small file, of course, like those sets of jeweler's files sold at Harbor Freight and other places. they are not expensive and can be used for many other things, too.

Aug 18, 2022 - 8:21:11 PM


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11553 posts since 6/29/2003

It does depend on the tuner. As stated, tuner shafts vary in size and design. Ebay lists a number of buttons (black included). Some are close and can be modified by using Jewellers files. Others not so. As Mike and Edward have said, please post photos.

Aug 19, 2022 - 3:48:13 AM
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3072 posts since 4/7/2010

I have banjo tuner knobs manufactured in grained ivoroid, tortoise color plastic, amber color plastic, and ebony wood. The different hole sizes available will fit Gotoh planet tuners (also Waverly, 5-star, and others), Gotoh 5th tuners, ABM and pre 2017 Schaller, and also some to fit post 2017 Schaller.

There are some Asian banjo tuners that have button shafts that do not conform to the standards set by Gotoh and others and a good fit is not guaranteed.  Filing or shimming may  be necessary for a good fit.

Bob Smakula

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