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Five-Star Banjo Tuning Pegs

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The most famous name in banjo pegs. Exclusively from Stewart-MacDonald. For over 35 years Five-Star® pegs are the choice of players and builders for quality and reliable tuning.

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Five-Star Banjo Tuning Pegs
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5014 Nickel, set of 4 Yes
3 or more $69.46  

5014-G Gold, set of 4 Yes
3 or more $93.15  

Quantity prices apply to multiples of the same item number Selected currency  


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The 4:1 ratio planetary gearing is a compact traditional design that provides fast, accurate tuning.

Machined brass gear case and shafts, brass ring gear, steel pinion gears and sealed lubrication ensure durability for long life. The handsome removeable pearlescent plastic knobs have adjustable tension screws for the right feel.

Five-Star pegs fit standard 3/8" (10.00mm) diameter pegholes, and include threaded hex bushings with peghead washers. They fit 7/16" to 3/4" (11.11mm to 19.05mm) peghead thicknesses.

Our Five-Star 5th String Peg is also available.

To be sure these tuners fit your instrument, compare your existing machines and peghole dimensions to our listed specs to help determine the best replacement.
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Five-Star Banjo Tuning Pegs
Five-Star Banjo Tuning Pegs
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5 12-08-2010
Dependable, Reasonably Prices Planetaries

I've used these Five-Star planetaries on several of my vintage banjos. For years I wanted to keep my banjos "vintage" so I put up with the old friction pegs. But for me, a banjo is meant to be played! So I have replaced my old friction pegs with these affordable and well-made tuners on several of my Vega tenor banjos.
The only issue is that, like other tuners, they may not be long enough to make it through the thickest part of your headstock... the two tuners closest to the neck. I solved this by using a 5/8" Forstner bit to drill down the thickness of the headstock for these two tuners to the same thickness as the headstock for the other two tuners. I only had to drill down about 1/8", and the Five-Stars slip down into the drill-down, and you can't even tell. And banjo playing is so much more fun when your instruments are easy to tune. These planetaries are cheaper than other brands, but are solidly built, work well, and look a lot like vintage tuners. I think they are often used by custom banjo builders like Bart Reiter.

onemanband  Virginia Read my reviews (4)
3 11-26-2010
Not for guitars

I bought these machines as direct replacements for a '31 KayKraft. They were notchy when I first put them on, and it has only gotten worse over the last 3 weeks. Only buy the Waverlys if they are going on a guitar. These can not handle the extra string pressure. A friend has 9 guitars with Waverlys on them, and he has never had a problem. I wish he had told me.

Kerry Krishna  Prince George BC Read my reviews (2)
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5 11-21-2010
Five Star Pegs

The best planets available!!!!

Garry Greenland  Nepean Ontario Read my reviews (2)
4 8-16-2010
5 Star Machines

Purchased as an upgrade on a low end Banjo with guitar style machines.

Other than drilling for the new hardware installation was straight forward and relatively easy.

The quality of the 5-star is surprisingly good with only a a touch of 'notchy gearing' at every other revolution. Not noticeable once the tension adjustment was set.

Holds tune perfectly and added a touch of class to the old Deering goodtime. The Knobs are molded plastic with a visible ridge but look authentic enough as is.

Pearlescent and or Ivoroid replacement knobs are available if the stock plastic pearl don't suit your needs.

A classic upgrade for a fun little practice banjo. I'd recommend the 5-star tuners if the higher quality machines are out of reach of your budget.

Next-Day delivery! Dropped my order late Friday afternoon and it showed up on Saturday Morning.

Stewart-MacDonald made my weekend! [again] The Best service, advice and hardware are a mouse click away!

Thanks for taking such good care of me -- yet again!

HowY  Columbus, Ohio Read my reviews (2)
2 8-06-2010
Little things count

The price of this tuner set is high in relation to it's quality. the tentioning screw loosened after only a few turns. The slot in the screw is rather shallow. Eventualy the constant tightening of the screw will wear it out. the plastic buttons are unatractive and have a sharp casting ridge.

lofquist guitars  wheat ridge. co.
5 8-05-2010
Tuning Pegs

I have used these machines on banjos since the early 70's and I have always been pleased with their price and quality. I would reccomend them to anyone.

A. Scott  Tulsa OK Read my reviews (26)
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