- Apr 18, 2008
Two words -- peg heads.
Not at all. Some people like old technology and resist modern advancements as dangerously new and thus suspect.Am I missing something or am I just crazy?
Nor would I hearken to those who point out that not a single commercial guitar, bass, or bazouki or manufacturer uses them, and all of them sprinted to geared tuners as quickly as their little legs could carry them, and dropped friction tuners in the dust.
But notice that the violin family and banjos have stayed with friction tuners.
I talked with James Hill a couple of weeks ago. He's so fed up with geared tuners he's switched to friction pegs. Wooden ones yet! I gave him a set of Gotoh UPTs hoping he'd some to his senses.
Not to split hairs, but I don't know of any modern banjos that use friction tuners.
Banjos I've seen recently had planetary tuners. Yes, they are geared but they still rely on friction to hold the strings in tune as the gearing is insufficient in itself to hold the strings in tune unlike conventional guitar tuners where the gear & wormwheel mechanism is sufficient in itself to hold the strings in tune.