View Full Version : Tuners

04-15-2010, 08:16 PM
Could someone please explain to Me the difference beteween geared and friction tuners? As I read posts in this forum I get the feeling that geared tuners are better, but I don't know the difference ;)
Not even sure if My uke's have geared or friction tuners....

04-15-2010, 08:23 PM
Check out this older topic. There are links to more old ones. :)


04-15-2010, 09:47 PM
Thanks! But how can I tell if I have geared or friction tuners Myself? Is there a clear visual difference?

04-15-2010, 10:34 PM
It's pretty easy. Can you see gears? Or, failing that are the tuner knobs in line with, or at right angles to the string posts? Do you need to tighten a little screw on the end of the knob to avoid slippage? All these are pretty obvious signs of what tuners you have.

These are friction tuners:

These are geared tuners:

There are other styles, but you get the idea.