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May 2, 2024 - 11:34:20 AM
154 posts since 6/12/2012

A friend has asked me to fix his banjo, one of the cheap tuners is broken.
Any source for a single tuner??
If not any recommendations for decent full set of replacements using the same style?

May 2, 2024 - 11:44:34 AM
like this

62128 posts since 12/14/2005

Take off the other three gnobs, and drill and file dice to fit.

Dice are cheaper than tuners.

I drilled THESE so that the number of the string matches the end of the die it's on.

Edited by - mike gregory on 05/02/2024 11:47:26

May 2, 2024 - 5:11:10 PM

90 posts since 12/8/2011

eBay, Stew-mac, Reverb

May 2, 2024 - 5:36:43 PM



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If it's a cheap tuner, I assume it's a cheap banjo?? 

 ... a mis-matched set (?) of tuners [or even knobs?] might add a bit of cachet??    

May 2, 2024 - 5:47:01 PM

2457 posts since 2/9/2007

solder a penny to the shaft.

May 2, 2024 - 7:18:44 PM

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Dan Erlewine, lead guitar for the Prime Movers (that also featured Iggy Pop) and repair guru for decades for Stewart-MacDonald, fixed up a guitar for Horma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, etc.), adding one gold-colored tuner -- to match Kaukonen's gold tooth. Mismatched is definite cachet.

May 2, 2024 - 8:31:59 PM

804 posts since 5/29/2015

That is an inexpensive guitar tuner found on bizillions of cheap guitars made 1970-to the present. Any guitar shop with a technician probably has a box full of these. Be sure to get the correct right or left tuner.

Otherwise replace with a set of guitar tuners purchased new from any number of vendors. Buy a guitar set (six) and keep two as spares. If you get new tuners with the 10mm bushing/nut you will have to enlarge the holes in the banjo.

May 3, 2024 - 7:58:32 AM

13138 posts since 10/27/2006

The footprint is easy to match but that tuner hasn't been made in years. I can get sets from Saga but you should be able to find something similar on Amazon.

If you find an exact match in someone's parts box, don't worry about R/L. Remove the gear and the shaft can be removed and flipped over.

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