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Thread: best tuning pegs for a kamaka concert?

  1. #1
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    Jul 2010
    eureka springs, arkansas

    Default best tuning pegs for a kamaka concert?

    i love my kamaka, but hate the old style tuning pegs. but i don't really want to drill out the holes for something new...any ideas? thanks!
    just trying to have fun and be silly!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Pickering, ON, Canada


    Definitely the Gotoh UPT tuners that the new Kamakas come with. I have them on a few different ukes including a Kamaka and they are my favorite tuners period.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Stone Harbor, NJ


    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Definitely the Gotoh UPT tuners that the new Kamakas come with. I have them on a few different ukes including a Kamaka and they are my favorite tuners period.
    2nd They are great on my Koaloha Concert.

    In order of age:

    Kamaka HF-4 Baritone C Linear Tuning 6/2009
    Martin C-1K Concert, Bb Re-entrant Tuning 4/2014
    Kala KA SRMT-TRI Tenor C Linear Tuning 6/1/2015
    Pono MTD-CR Tenor C Re-entrant Tuning 6'21'2016

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota


    Replacing tuners shouldn't be a major project. You can buy a tapered wood reamer (mine was less than $4 on eBay), ream to the right dimension (both ways) and install Gotoh UPTs. The hardest choice is choosing the button type. Best prices seem to be direct from the Ukulele Site, although there are some on eBay for $72-$75 shipped.

    Just remember...your tuners will be worth more than many ukuleles!
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2014


    Another vote for Gotoh UPT. My 2012 Kamaka soprano came with them from the factory, and they work very well. However, I think they are slightly wider than the original tuners, so as suggested above, you might have to do a bit of reaming. I'm not talented in such things and would be worried about splitting the finish etc. so instead, I'd look for someone to install them professionally.
    Enjoying instruments by - Beau Hannam - Jay Lichty - Jerry Hoffmann - Luis Feu de Mesquita - Kala - Kamaka - Kanile'a - KoAloha - Ko'olau - Moore Bettah - Pono - Romero Creations - and others

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Saint Andrews Bay, FL


    yep, UPT. replaced the fiddly tuners on my vintage Martin tenor with them. [much to the horror of vintage purists] Had to ream the holes[slightly] . I used a step drill bit and did it slowly by hand.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Proxima B


    Two of these posters are silly .
    " Anything larger than a soprano is cheating "
    " I'm no luthier but ,........"

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    Jul 2015
    Chester, VT


    I put the upt tuners on my Kamaka - a beat up gold label. To make the install look right I had to peg the original tuner holes as they were very close to the edge of the headstock - I then re-drilled and reamed the headstock in the correct place so as to keep the body of the ups tuners inside the edges of the headstock. I am well pleased. I am told that the new Kamakas use the matte chrome and white/cream buttons.

    I did consider pegheds but have used the Gotoh upt on three different instruments and like them enormously. I am considering putting them on my OXK - cash flow permitting!
    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Mele pineapple soprano - koa and mahogany - modern
    Martin SO, modern, Mexico
    Mainland longneck concert pineapple
    No name concert in koa
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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