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May 13, 2024 - 8:27:17 AM
5 posts since 4/15/2024

i have a question maybe someone can help... I have a epiphone MB250, i plan on having this till domesday.. Lol... Yesterday i noticed one of the tuner knobs are cracked, will any banjo tuner knobs work on this? I keep my stuff in mint condition and its not broken off, but id like to replace all the knobs... They are half rounded and flat type on the part that fits over the peg.... Thank you for any help

May 13, 2024 - 8:45:02 AM
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428 posts since 5/29/2009

Contact Bob Smakula here on the Hangout. He will have what you need.

May 13, 2024 - 9:06:12 AM
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May 13, 2024 - 10:23:15 AM

5 posts since 4/15/2024

Ok thank you, there even in WV, that will help out on shipping too!!
Thank you very much!!!

May 13, 2024 - 11:00:09 AM

5786 posts since 5/29/2011

If you have a way to measure the shafts it would help. Not all half round half flat tuners have the same dimensions. I found that out when trying to replace knobs. Asian tuners often have smaller shafts than the usual 5 Star and Waverly tuners. Make sure you get the right size.

May 13, 2024 - 11:08:05 AM
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62158 posts since 12/14/2005

If need be, ask Bob if mailing him an unbroken knob would help get the exact size.

I've always gotten what I need, when I asked him to sell me something.

May 13, 2024 - 11:16:53 AM

5 posts since 4/15/2024

Ok thanks, im hoping to get a set without having to have it down for a few days, but very well may have to do that... Thanks for the help

May 13, 2024 - 2:04:37 PM

15289 posts since 6/2/2008

Bob's shipping charge for small parts is generally the most reasonable of anybody, so even if you were further away than West Virginia, it wouldn't cost much.

If you can post a photo of the tuner, or the rear of the peghead showing all the tuners, we (and Bob) can see what you're trying to match.

I believe (based on my experience with some other Asian tuners, which there's always a chance may not relate here) the shafts and hole may be the fairy standard oblong with rounded ends, often called "double D." 

From the photos I've seen online, the MB250's tuner buttons are generic white pearl plastic seen on lots of imports.

If Bob can't hook you up with a match (definitely try him first), the Gold Tone button sold by may be close enough. Or you canbuy a whole set of 5 on eBay for not a whole lot. Some listings even state the dimensions of the shaft so you can see if they'll fit. Good luck.

May 13, 2024 - 2:29:13 PM

5 posts since 4/15/2024

Ok thanks ill give that a try, i saw a set i like on his site, i thi k they should fit... Going from the white pearl type to the ivory... Should match the banding along the fret borad better.... Thank you!!!

May 15, 2024 - 6:38:45 AM
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17538 posts since 8/30/2006

Even Gold Tones and Rk's fit, but the shafts for the Gotohs go deeper with different construction inside. Your tuners are going to look great. (after 12 years I treated myself to 3 sets of ambers.

Bob will help us, he is smart.
Yesterday, they (Gloria) filled my order and mailed it, Bob Called me on the phone, how's that for customer service?

And Marty, what the heck is Domesday? Is that like Thunder Dome? Now I'm really scared. Nuclear Winter? 6 years of darkness?
Dark on the Mountain, play boys play. Only a banjo can pierce the darkness like that. Gives hope. ( ):)==='== ::} The devil only has a fiddle, but we tied a knot in his tail. He gets smaller when he's pissed.

May 15, 2024 - 7:03:44 AM

5 posts since 4/15/2024

Lol... Well im 71... I hope to be around for many more years, but at this age im just glad to open my eyes in the morning.... And yes i talked to them, im just going to go with a complete new set of tuners..... Thanks for getting back to me!!... Have a great day!!

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