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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:26 pm 
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Looking good! I love the back inlay and heel cap. Ain't it great being able to cross the body/heel boundary thanks to the integral neck?

The tuner buttons look great too. Did you make them yourself? The tuners themselves look really heavy, though...


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Wow, very impressive. I really like the wood inlays that you have all over the instrument.

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Thanks guys! Yeah spanish heels are great. I always wondered why people used them, but they do open up possibilities that other neck joints don't have. Now how to buff the thing...!
The tuners are just some cheap ones from ebay with zebrawood buttons. They look and feel really well made though. I don't know about weight, but they feel about normal. I really don't like the look or dodgy tuning abilities of friction pegs. How could you get normal tuners any lighter?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:37 pm 
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Hmm, maybe there isn't any obvious choice. I just weighed a set of Grover open gear uke tuners at 77g, including grommets and screws. StewMac's stats say 120g for them, so they may have weighed a set of 6. But 77g is still a lot. Do you have a scale to weigh your closed gear set? StewMac doesn't have any closed gear uke tuners, and most of their guitar tuners have metal buttons which hikes up the weight by a lot. Yours may not be much more than the open gears.

Planetary gear pegs are the best. Pegheds model #743A, to be exact. 24g for a set of 4. But they're expensive, at $16 each.

If the weight doesn't bother you, then it's a non-issue. The ones you have certainly look cool and should work great :)


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I'm afraid I don't have a gram scale so I'm not sure how much they weigh. And I don't think I'd like the 4:1 ratio of those planetary's. TBH neck heaviness has never really bothered me that much - probably because I've never played an instrument that wasn't! I suppose I could just have made the tail block out of ebony :D

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Nice, did you make those tuner buttons yourself?

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