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 Nickel, set of 4

Nickel, set of 4

Item # 5014
In stock, ready to ship!


3 or more $70.98
Five-Star Banjo Tuning Pegs Gold, set of 4

Gold, set of 4

Item # 5014-G
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3 or more $95.99
Quantity Discount Prices apply when you buy multiples of the same item number.
Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


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.

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.

    • Item #
    • Weight
    • 5014
    • 0.304 lbs. (0.14 kg)
    • 5014-G
    • 0.305 lbs. (0.14 kg)

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Five-Star Banjo Tuning Pegs

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5 Star Tuning Pegs

By Gary Major from Windsor Ontario Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 18, 2012

Received my tuning pegs and they work great. Now my banjo has upgrated tuners. I Love them.
Was a bit disapointed on the duty charges to Canada when picked up at UPS. Will ship lower mail post next time.

Five-Star Banjo Tuning Pegs

By Daniel Baker from Stoney Creek,On,Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 30, 2011

Easy to install,smooth movement,and they look great to what more can you ask for!!

Definitely 5-stars!

By Banjo Jack from Auckland, NZ
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 25, 2011

They were so easy to fit to the tenor banjo, ordered another set for my Tenor Guitar. Easy to adjust, smooth action and they look GOOD on the instrument. Obviously a quality product. Thanks Stewmac.

They Work Great On Ekontings

By Paul Sedgwick from Boston
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I've been playing banjo for over thirty years, so when I decided to design an ekonting (the West African instrument) with tuners, I naturally gravitated to Five-Star tuners. I use two 5th pegs on the sides of my necks and one standard, straight-through tuner. That's it-- three strings. The Five-Star tuners are easy to work with and have always worked well for me. I always replace the knobs (I agree, the stock knobs are very unattractive), and I haven't had issues as others have mentioned with the replacement knobs being too tight. I have used the ebony knobs. I wonder if this is a recent development (I still have some which are probably two years old). Tried to use Waverly, but they cut the nylon strings. So, I have one steel string ekonting. Fun.

I have been pegged!

By Les Thompson from N. Virginia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 17, 2011

I have a number of banjos that have Stew-Mac tuners on them and I am extremely pleased. One set of my 5 star's began to slip and I could not tighten them any further. I called Stew-Mac and was informed that they would replace the set. I was not expecting that. In a few days my new set arrived and I returned the old postage paid by Stew-Mac.

I have always been a fan of theirs and they just keep giving me reasons to continue. They are extremely professional and very personable to boot. I can't say enough.


Les Thompson
Founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Good quality at fair price

By Alfonso Garcia-Oliva from Cantabria, Northern Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 10, 2011

I intend to use these pegs for a Hurdy-Gurdy, and they are just what I was looking for.

I do not like the plastic perloid knobs, but I purchased a set of replacement ebony knobs (which, by the way, do not fit at first instance: you'll have to file a little to get them fit). What I don't know is why they are not produced directly with more attractive knobs from the beginning.

Dependable, Reasonably Prices Planetaries

By onemanband from Virginia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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.

5 Star Machines

By HowY from Columbus, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 16, 2010

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!

Tuning Pegs

By A. Scott from Tulsa OK
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 05, 2010

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.

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