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Will ukulele tuners work for a guitar? Answered

Im making a cigar box guitar, and i have this old set of ukulele tuners i was planning on using, but im a little hesitant. would they be strong enough to take the tension from longer strings? i dont want to accidentally damage my guitar by finding out the hard way... 

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Jus a Guy
Jus a Guy

1 year ago

I build CBG and ukuleles. I would recommend guitar tuning machines as there is much more tension from a metal string. I have yet to see a LowFi, down and dirty CBG sporting nylon strings. If you go with metal strings those Uke pegs won’t cut it. In fact, most moderate to expensive Ukuleles use geared tuners. But I could be wrong, I have a build now that I would love to use the Uke pegs on. I’ll let you know if I try it.

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FinchbyFinch
FinchbyFinch

9 years ago

i was totally asking about the machine heads/tuning pegs/etc xD

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pie R []ed
pie R []ed

Answer 9 years ago

Maybe. If are geared metal tuners they should work. if they are friction pegs they wont. just make sure to put the in the right way. the worm gear side should face the top of the peg head. This helps with tuning stability and reduces slippage.

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Epond89
Epond89

9 years ago

well, if it only has the base notes of a ukele (ie. a guitar tuner has EADGBE) a "ukelele tuner" would only have GCEA, what you can do is tune your top string to G, then pres on the 5th fret of G and that will be A (your goal towards the second string) tune the A to match the tone of the 5th fret of the the top E string. once you do that, move down one string and repeat the process. IE press on the 5th fret of A string to get a D. Repeat process for G string. When you tune the B string, you press on the 4th fret this time of the G string to get the tone of B. The last E will be the same tone as the 5th fret on the B string. Might not be the answer you wanted to hear, but learning to tune by ear isn't as hard as it seems and can be achieved with a decent amount of playing.

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FinchbyFinch
FinchbyFinch

Answer 9 years ago

i totaly meant the actual tuners... the machine heads/tuning pegs/etc.

lol, thank you though :)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

9 years ago

Since guitar tuners work for ukuleles, I would guess "yes".

(Actually, the local music shop my boys use doesn't sell "guitar tuners" or "ukulele tuners", it just sells "tuners". They're digital, clip on the knobbly end of the instrument, and are quite easy to work.)

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caarntedd
caarntedd

Answer 9 years ago

Digital? I think he is asking about the machine heads.