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beeploop
07-09-2011, 04:39 AM
just bought an old Yamaha ukulele no.80 probably 50's/60's model. solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides and neck. wooden tuning pegs.

but i encountered some problems using the wooden pegs. it's so hard to turn the pegs making it difficult to adjust and to stay it in tune. is it advisable to change the wooden pegs with modern friction or geared tuners? or keep the original for vintage look...
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww79/topeh24/267424_249987511683559_100000169372855_1211339_212 9541_n.jpg

peewee
07-09-2011, 05:39 AM
Beeploop,

Looks very nice. Keep those wooden pegs. Nothing is lighter and nothing looks cleaner IMO.
You can buy peg dope (for violins) which is a mixture of maybe wax and chalk, or you can go the skinflint route like I did and clean the friction area with an alcohol swab if necessary, and apply some wax crayon of a matching color to the friction areas of the pegs. Tiny amounts, little by little. Your binding problems will be over. Too much and they get too slippery, so be judicious in application. Also always tune up to the note.
Pretty soon you'll be a wood peg snob like me :-)

SuzukHammer
07-09-2011, 05:58 AM
ye pirates and ye wooden pegs. aye!

beeploop
07-09-2011, 06:38 PM
Thanks a lot for the advice guys. I'm gonna keep the wooden pegs
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww79/topeh24/yamuke7.jpg

salukulady
07-09-2011, 06:48 PM
Thanks a lot for the advice guys. I'm gonna keep the wooden pegs
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww79/topeh24/yamuke7.jpgGood, those are beautiful.

ichadwick
07-10-2011, 02:02 AM
Geared. Geared tuners are modern, efficient and great looking. Pegs are cute but inefficient affectations today.

hmgberg
07-10-2011, 02:27 AM
I have violin pegs on one of my ukuleles. I have to pull the pegs out just a little to tighten them, and then push them back in to hold them in place. It's a pain, and I wonder about the stress on the neck, but it does work.

Pukulele Pete
07-10-2011, 02:41 AM
Geared. Geared tuners are modern, efficient and great looking. Pegs are cute but inefficient affectations today.
I really hate seeing geared tuners on a soprano. There should be a law against it.

SailingUke
07-10-2011, 03:01 AM
Peg heads tuners are the way to go, geared, but look traditional.
Keep your wooden pegs in case you ever want to sell it to a collector.
New Peg Heads won't require any hols to be drilled and are light weight like the pegs you have.