Replacing a Friction 5th String Tuner on a Banjo with a Geared Peg

The geared 5th string tuner was the greatest thing to happen to the 5-string banjo since Earl Scruggs.  Many modern imported banjos still use these, though.  For a total savings of only around $6.00 per banjo for the importer, I still marvel at why the things are still being made!

The shafts of these tuners are often narrow and rarely tapered.  Some friction tuners that came on better banjos had a set screw on one side of the shaft and you can’t simply pull them out.  Here is my video that shows how I replaced a Grover friction peg with a geared machine.

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Richie Dotson