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Any online site where I can see instructions on tying peg head tuners?   You are logged in as Guest
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Any online site where I can see inst... 

with really good pictures to boot.

Is there a specific way to tie them on?
Is the way of the tie what holds tension on the peg to keep it from coming detuned or is it simply the friction of the tapered peg?

I ordered a Navarro student model from Tom/Lafaseta and I'm undecided on the tuners( I know mechanical tuners well-have two models already in steelstring, but I love the clean simple look of wooden peg tuners)-advice appreciated.

  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 15 2008 21:24:09

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RE: Any online site where I can see ... (in reply to darylcrisp

First, I think you made a good choice when deciding on a peg-head guitar. I have a peg-head flamenco guitar, a flamenco guitar with a mechanical tuner, and a classical guitar with a mechanical tuner. The peg-head guitar seems "feather light" compared to the other two. I like its delicate feel and enjoy playing it more than the other two because of that.

Peg-heads have two primary disadvantages:

1) Tuning adjustments are very critical. Accurate tuning takes practice and a measure of patience.

2) Tuning pegs bind or slip if peg and peg-hole tapers don’t match and/or peg and peg-hole surface textures aren’t correct.

Peg and peg-hole tapers should match on a newly constructed guitar from a reputable maker. Their surface textures also should be correct initially. However, over time their wood surfaces tend to become polished or sticky, making tuning difficult.

I have found the best fix for that problem is the violin “peg dope” sold by most violin repair and restoration shops. It is important to take the instructions supplied with the dope about using it very sparingly seriously. A tiny amount spread evenly over the pegs cures both binding and slipping, but use a little too much and the pegs will slip and it will be difficult to wipe enough back off to cure the problem.

The main thing to remember about string attachment is to wind strings from the bottom of the pegs up, rather than from the top down. If strings go to the top of the pegs and wind down they will have much more leverage on the pegs and the pegs will bind. Winding from the bottom upward minimizes that problem. Reduced peg-leverage also reduces peg and peg-hole wear when tuning pegs are rotated.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Apr. 15 2008 23:12:46
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