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Thinking Of Replacing Your Guitar Tuning Pegs? Start Here

Updated on October 26, 2014

So… Why Replace Your Tuning Pegs?

So your guitar just isn’t staying in tune like it used to. You always seem to find that one string slips out of tune, while the others stay right on point. You’ve checked the bridge, you’ve checked the guitar’s nut, the tremolo, and while everything seems to be okay with these components, your guitar still seems to fall out of perfect tuning after playing for a bit. The culprit may very well be the tuning pegs. In this case, you may want to replace them. By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of the different kinds of guitar tuning pegs out there, and how to choose the best for your particular situation.

Extreme Close Up Of A Tuning Peg

What Kind Of Tuning Pegs Are Out There

Guitar tuning pegs come in all different kinds of shapes, styles, and brands; the choices are legion. There are die-cast tuners, chrome plated tuners, locking tuners, among many others. The first thing that one must decide is whether or not they would like locking or regular pegs. Locking pegs help keep your guitar in tune and offer the advantage of having your guitar stay in tune longer than a guitar that just has regular guitar tuning pegs. The one drawback to replacing your current tuning pegs with locking tuning pegs is fit. They may be too big and may require modification to the headstock. If you have an older guitar or are not comfortable with modifying your own guitar, it may be best to stay away from locking tuners.

If you are still interested in locking tuners, as you may want your guitar to stay in tune after you use the tremolo or after a lot of vibrato, then you may want to seek out the help of a guitar tech to help you install the locking tuners for a nominal fee. In this way, you allow someone with years of experience to properly put new hardware on your guitar, as well as set it up.

If you elect to say with standard tuning pegs, you want to make sure that they are made of solid metal. There are many cheap guitars out there that are equipped with die cast tuners, and these are sub par tuners, hence why they are on cheap guitars. You can spot these kinds of guitar tuning pegs by the “seams” that they have on them; you will often see a rough metal line connecting the two halves of the tuning peg together. Let this be a sign to stay away.

What Are Some Good Brands I Should Consider?

When it comes to locking guitar tuning pegs, you can always take a look at Gotoh brand (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Guitar,_solid_peghead_tuners/Gotoh_Tuners.html) They are most likely the most well known brand of locking tuners. They come in in-line configurations for Stratocaster type guitars and split configurations for Les Paul type guitars. Another brand you may want to consider is Sperzel (http://www.sperzel.com/). This particular brand also offers locking tuners, but also has a wide variety of regular guitar tuning pegs as well.

Before you go out to buy your next set of guitar tuning pegs, take some time to educate yourself on the different brands out there. It is always good to do your due diligence, especially when it comes to something that you have invested time and money into, such as your own musical instruments.

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