View Poll Results: Ears or No Ears (on your headstock)

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  • Guitar Style (Tuner knobs stick out of the side)

    10 15.38%
  • Planatery or Friction Tuners

    25 38.46%
  • Slotted Headstock

    12 18.46%
  • Don't care

    18 27.69%
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Thread: Ears or No Ears? (On your headstock)

  1. #11
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    I voted "don't care"
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  2. #12
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    My favorite is slotted, but I also like the ones that stick out to the side, or planetary tuners for a specific look. Depends a bit on the entire look/design of an instrument. The only thing I try to avoid is friction tuners - they simply don't give me the precision I need.

  3. #13
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    I prefer with ears, mostly because I've just had one too many experiences where behind the head tuning pegs just didn't stick, or were just really low quality. I'm sure that there are good quality behind the head pegs, but because of my experiences, I'm not a big fan of them.
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    I just bought a used Fluke here on the Marketplace, which Is my first experience with planetary tuners, I normally don't like them but the Fluke was a good deal and I wanted a beater uke. I always prefer geared tuners, sticking out or back, these planetary are a PIA, as soon as I got the uke I had to tighten the knob screws so they would not slip, which made the tuners more difficult to get a precise turn. I'm debating if I'll replace them with geared planetary tuners.


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  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I just bought a used Fluke here on the Marketplace, which Is my first experience with planetary tuners, I normally don't like them but the Fluke was a good deal and I wanted a beater uke. I always prefer geared tuners, sticking out or back, these planetary are a PIA, as soon as I got the uke I had to tighten the knob screws so they would not slip, which made the tuners more difficult to get a precise turn. I'm debating if I'll replace them with geared planetary tuners.


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    I think you are talking about friction tuners?
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  6. #16
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    Geared tuners look just fine to me. I hate friction pegs. Planetary tuners are fine, but I don't see the need for the expense over geared. And I would prefer NOT to have a slotted headstock as they seem to be a silly affectation that probably results in a more fragile instrument.

    But then, I only play tenors. I will admit that on sopranos the large geared tuners do look a bit out of place sometimes.
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    Prefer Gotoh UPT’s on a traditional headstock and just love slotted headstocks. But I don’t let geared tuners deter me from purchasing a Ukulele that I like.
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  8. #18
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    Because I stick to concert sized ukes, I prefer planetary tuners. I don't mind the stickie out the side ones, if they're good ones, and the buttons aren't huge.
    Friction pegs? Ugh.
    Slotted headstock? Not on a concert uke, no thanks.
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    My taste may change a little in the future, but so far I prefer Guitar style, and Planetary geared.
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  10. #20
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    Yeah, since my wife has eyes on the back of her heard, I prefer my ears on the back of mine (at least on sopranos and concerts).
    John

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