View Full Version : Wanted: Kluson Keystone style friction pegs

07-18-2014, 07:42 AM
Does anyone have a set of Kluson keystone style friction pegs from the 1940's/1950's? They were used on Martin ukes, as well as a few other brands. I have two where the internal button is rounded over, so they don't turn the post, but rather, they slip when turning. I can rig them to work, but if I can get a decent set for a decent price, I think I would rather do it that way.
I know these weren't the best tuning pegs in the world, but I'm not one for changing the style of anything, unless absolutely necessary. Also, I'd prefer a set so that they match. Mine are really rough, and I doubt I'd be able to find two that look like mine.


Jim Hanks
07-18-2014, 01:35 PM
Gotoh UPT comes in "vintage tulip" option

I know they wouldn't be "original" but you'd have pretty much the same look/style and way better function.

07-18-2014, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the tip, Jim. I love planetary pegs (I play 5-string banjo, and they're great), but I don't want to alter the peghead at all, and it looks like I'd have to drill out the holes, which I would really rather not do.


07-18-2014, 05:37 PM

A thread that might interest you, Dan, from March 2014. Skinny might part with his Kluson tuners and you might wind up with one good set? also info on Grovers that he used, plus Pings that others have used. -Steve

07-19-2014, 04:13 AM
Thanks for the tip. I sent him a PM.


07-19-2014, 04:25 AM
If the tuner button holes are rounded, but the buttons themselves are otherwise stable (uncracked and hard) I suspect you can come up with a way to make them work again. Perhaps some CA glue and bone dust or other. I'd ask the luthiers.

08-01-2014, 04:57 AM
here you go, not my auction

08-01-2014, 07:26 AM
Thanks. Skinny PM'd me about this auction, but since he was looking for a full working set as well, I told him to go ahead and bid on them.

I got mine to work. I just threw some veneer in-between the posts and the buttons (three of the four were bad), and they seem to work fine. I think, though, that I'll be doing what Skinny did and just put the Grover 4's on mine and keep the originals in the case since I won't have to alter the uke in any way.

I'll close this thread, but I really do appreciate you all looking out for these.