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Banjo Lessons: Keith Tuning Pegs - Part 1: Setup & Use

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[MUSIC]
Hello, folks.
It's the, Silverado Trail and I'm using
Keith pegs.
These detuners used in the old days.
They were Scruggs' pegs but these are
Keith pegs.
And these are special pegs that make it,
make people feel like,
this guys got a great ear.
He just tunes the pegs, and they all work
out perfectly and it's all right in tune.
But in fact they're not and if you've
bought some of these, you know,
you know what I'm talking about.
That's a tune that I wrote just last
night, actually, for this very occasion
because I needed a tuner tune, and I'm
gonna describe how these tuners work.
First I'm gonna, turn the banjo over and
we can take a look, at the pegs here.
This one right here.
This is for the third string for instance
and if you'll notice there's a,
a black screw here and in this case a
golden screw.
I've got two different.
I've got a gold plated peg and a silver
plated one here.
But this this look at the gold one.
But there's the black screw here which is
the set screw for the high note.
You first, you tune up to the high note
that you want.
And you use that screw right there.
Once you get it you set it at that.
And you should actually set these both at
the same time.
Once you've done that,
then you switch to the, in this case this
is the second string here.
I'm looking at this backwards.
And you set the high note for that.
With the black peg on this the black screw
on this peg,
once you've got those two high notes set,
then you tune them both down, into,
usually into detuning, the second string
would go down from B down to A,
and the third string would go, from G down
to F sharp, and than you take,
the, the silver peg, or the gold peg if
it's a gold plated peg.
And you set that to the low note and it
takes a little while to get these correct.
You might have to go up and down a few
times before it all works out properly.
And you wanna make sure that the, the
screws and the peg are tight.
So that there's no slippage.
So anyway.
Make sure you tune, tune both them.
Both of the high notes first.
Don't tune a high note and low note on one
peg.
Tune them both at the same time, for the
high note with the black screw.
And then tune it down.
And tune both of the low notes.
[SOUND] Now, something that may happen
along the way is, if you change strings.
In other words to, to have these fit your
hand properly.
In other words you wanna be able to sit
there and tune both strings down and
have the peg just sitting at the right
angle.
So that you can just tune it very
comfortably without having to go into a,
some strange contortion to get at the peg.
Because if you change strings, it's gonna
be kind of random where these pegs end up.
So, if it's at a really awkward angle once
you change the strings, all you're gonna
do is, make sure that the high note is set
in tune and unscrew the low note.
Which I'm doing right now.
Not too far, you don't wanna to, you don't
wanna lose the, the screw, the set screw.
Then, you take the screw that's screwing
in
the button on the peg, and undo it all the
way.
And don't be afraid to do this.
And you take it out, and then you actually
take the button off.
And I'm not gonna do this right now cuz
this is sitting in my lap.
But you can just move it any direction you
want.
And you'll be holding it up, so you can
kinda feel where you want it.
And then just re-position it, so it's
comfortable in your hand.
And then put the peg, I mean, sorry, put
the screw back and
screw it back into the button.
In the new position, where it's
comfortable for you to tune it.
Just like that.
Okay.
And once you've done that, you're ready to
play.
[MUSIC]