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Jun 9, 2023 - 1:49:45 PM
261 posts since 5/11/2018

I built an open back banjo a few years ago and used Gotoh planetary tuners with amber knobs. I'm thinking of changing the four tuners on the headstock to Rickard Cyclone tuners. I would really like to keep the knobs amber, but Rickard's only options are boxwood, black plastic, or ivory. Does anyone know if any other manufacturer's knobs (e.g., Gotoh, Five Star, Waverley, other) are compatible with the Rickard Cyclone tuners? I sent an email to a couple of weeks ago asking this question but never heard back.

Jun 9, 2023 - 1:59:58 PM
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I’m pretty sure they are standard. I have bought a few sets of Rickard tuners and used my existing knobs before.

Jun 9, 2023 - 2:58:53 PM
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3382 posts since 4/7/2010

The amber knobs I have manufactured for Gotoh planet tuners fit Rickard tuners. I have tested them and they fit nicely.

Bob Smakula

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 06/09/2023 14:59:45

Jun 9, 2023 - 4:59:17 PM

217 posts since 12/27/2019

Yes, Mr. Smakula is *the* world-class one-stop shop for all your needs in banjo tuning machine knobs!

Jun 9, 2023 - 5:03:16 PM

12863 posts since 10/27/2006

What Bob says. I've played knob roulette with my Rickard and GOTOH tuners. The knobs are interchangable.

Jun 12, 2023 - 10:53:33 AM

261 posts since 5/11/2018

Thanks for all the responses, that's good news!

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