These buttons look great, very vintage and classy, but may not fit easily on your Five Star tuners without modification
I agree with one other reviewer of these tuner knobs. Even though the catalog says they are replacements for the Five-Star tuners, the bore is too small. Fortunately, I had a micro file and was able to spend the hour required to enlarge the bore. However, the knob fit perfectly on the 5th string tuner without modifications.
They are a perfect match to the vintage style old time open back banjo I built. Just the right look and quality! Thanks!
I have replaced cheap looking pearloid knobs countless times with ivoroid knobs to give banjos a more vintage look. I use the ebony knobs on cam style D-tuners to have a good contrast. It is easier to grab the D-tuner knobs when they are different.
The ebony banjo knobs I ordered were almost perfect for my 1970's el degas banjo. They needed a little filing as they were too small for the tuner shafts but a half hour of work made it all worthwhile. Great product and wonderful service! I couldn't find these parts locally.
I bought the ebony tuners for my Deering Deluxe. Not sure wny everyone else claims they have to do the filing and grinding. They slipped right on and look a million times better than the stock cheap looking plastic ones.
Either I got lucky, or something in the manufacturing has changed - I just popped 5 ebony pegs onto a set of Five Stars for a faux-historical banjo project. No trouble, no filing, and they look great!
nice upgrade...easy fit
You would think that StewMac banjo tuner knobs would fit StewMac Five-Star banjo tuning machines. That is not the case. I called customer services and was told that the insides of the Ebony knobs must be filed out to fit the tuning machine shafts.
We're sorry these knobs did fit on your Five Star pegs. The ebony is a tight fit and usually does require some modification. Thanks for pointing this out, we'll edit the description so others will know what to expect.
The ivoroid ones fit my '60s or'70s model banjo perfectly, but they are uuugly! I'm thinking about replacing all my original knobs with the black ones.
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