The best guitar tuning pegs are built to high standards and meet the guitar player's needs. Although an integral part of the instrument, quality pegs aren't necessarily too expensive. Some product lines, such as Gotoh Tuners, offer a range of choices with affordability in mind whereas those built by Gibson and Rodgers demonstrate the elegance of handmade and vintage-styled guitar parts.
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Gibson Modern/Vintage Tuners
Quality and time-honoured tradition have no price tags, and in these respects Gibson stands apart. The signature Gibson look and feel is only possible with authentic replacement parts. Gibson's modern guitar tuning pegs, built with solid nickel construction and metal buttons, are made to fit modern-era Gibson electric guitars. Gibson Vintage Tuners are constructed with the same nickel hardware but have perloid buttons. Be certain that all replacement and new parts have the authentic red card with the gold "Genuine Gibson Part" sunburst sticker.
For the competitive shopper, Gotoh tuners provide the best performance for the price tag. Their appeal stems from a greater variety than the majority of other makers of tuning pegs today as well as median cost (average of £24 for a set of six) across the board. Gotoh offers modern and classic designs of tuners as well as vintage designs that look similar to Gibson's, featuring nickel plating. Gotoh makes tuners with the popular 16:1 gear ratio, which makes them compatible with multiple guitar manufacturers and body styles.
Rodgers Tuning Machines
Amin Kelly of Guitars International calls Rodgers tuning machines "the finest classical guitar tuners in the world." They are handmade guitar tuning pegs for classic (Spanish) styled acoustic guitars. Crafted in brass, nickel, or sterling with custom oval, kidney, traditional, tulip, or mitre pattern buttons made from synthetic ivory or hardwood, Rodgers tuning machines offer a stunning array of features for the guitar player of distinguished taste. "Good quality Machine Heads are more than just accessories to your instrument," the company notes. "They are an integral part of the instrument's overall performance and beauty."
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