Gotoh UPT Tuner w/ Optional Install

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  • Gotoh UPT Tuner w/ Optional Install
    $59.00

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    These are sold as a set of 4. One set of 4 is $59. Installation can be chosen in the options checkbox below. It is $20 extra and the stock tuning keys will be included in your shipment.

    Joel goes over how to change your existing friction tuners with these planetary geared ones.

    Any ukulele bought at our store with friction tuners can get this upgrade. When you order these with installation you can either choose UPT or UPTL and we will choose the correct size. If you are ordering separately to install yourself then you will need to decide which one is right for your ukulele. You can do this by measuring the thickness of your headstock. The UPT works best with a headstock thickness of 10-12mm. UPTL works best with a headstock thickness of 11.5mm-13.5mm. Contact us with any questions if you are not sure which to order.

    Note: If you are a builder buying 5 or more sets you can contact us for a discount code.

    These are the new Gotoh UPT Tuners (ukulele planetary tuners). They call this style of key "planetary" because there is a central large gear with smaller gears that rotate around it. These first hit the market at the end of last year and we were ecstatic. Why? UPT's have the look and weight of friction tuners, but are a 4:1 gear ratio. What does this mean?

    Traditional ukulele tuners are are what they call "friction". This means that their ability to hold tune depends on the friction or tightness of the screw in the tuner. If you tighten the screw too much, it's hard to turn and tune, too loose and it turns easy, but also will slip out of tune. Also with the old style friction key there is no gear ratio, so small turns will make big changes in the pitch of your string. The UPT's are geared tuners. The pitch will be held by gears, and these gears have a 4 to 1 ratio so fine tuning is much easier to dial in, or adjust. These are built extremely lightweight and with top notch components. We guarantee you will love these on your new ukulele.

     

    Click here for the UPT/UPTL Schematic Diagram

    Traditional ukulele tuners are are what they call "friction". This means that their ability to hold tune depends on the friction or tightness of the screw in the tuner. If you tighten the screw too much, it's hard to turn and tune, too loose and it turns easy, but also will slip out of tune. Also with the old style friction key there is no gear ratio, so small turns will make big changes in the pitch of your string. The UPT's are geared tuners,. The pitch will be held by gears, and these gears have a 4 to 1 ratio so fine tuning is much easier to dial in, or adjust. These are built extremely lightweight and with top notch components. We guarantee you will love these on your new ukulele.

    UPT Tuner FAQ (from JAPARTS.CA)

    Regarding string post length: There is an optional longer string post (UPTL) for headstocks with a thickness of 12mm (0.472") or more. There is no difference in price. Please measure your ukulele carefully before ordering.

    Will these fit my ukulele? If you are replacing friction pegs you will almost certainly need to have the peg holes re-bored. We can do that on ukuleles ordered from our webstie  The diameter should be 9.7-10mm or just a bit wider than 3/8". With regard to headstock thickness (see above) you'll need to measure your headstock.

    Do I need to tighten the screws like friction pegs? Yes and no. Let's start with the no: You probably won't need to make any kind of adjustment. But on the off-chance that you do (you'll know - the post would un-wind from string tension) it's easy to tighten to the right amount of tension. Which brings us to the yes: Technically, the planetary gear is engaged by the screw that holds the button in place. Unlike friction pegs, there is a very wide range of "works well".

    Tuning a ukulele with UPT planetary tuners is a pleasant experience. It may take you some time to get used to that.Why are some buttons more expensive than others?There are two main types of plastic buttons: molded ABS and carved acrylic. The molded ABS buttons (UBB, UBN, UB4B, UB4N) are solid colors without any variation. The acrylic buttons (JP1, JP2, UB5B, UB7, UB8) are carved from blocks of patterned material so that they can have a natural look, eg. ivoroid, pearloid, tortoise shell. The appearance, process, and material of the acrylic buttons adds to their cost. (JAPARTS.CA)

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    Customer Reviews 7 item(s)

    John
    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't show up. Grrrr well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog! decdfdecgkfdkcac
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    Review by Smitha568 / (Posted on 1/13/2017)
    Just buy 'em
    I'm a recent victim of ukulele acquisition syndrome. And as my collection has grown, I've discovered why these things make a difference. It comes down to those "almost there" minute adjustments. Y'know - when the tuner says you're just a tiny bit sharp or flat.

    I've got four instruments and four different sets of tuners:
    1) A uke with the usual geared tuners with buttons that stick out the sides
    2) A uke with Gotohs
    3) A uke with stock friction tuners
    4) A uke with upgraded, geared Pegheads

    The stick out the sides tuners and upgraded Pegheads have a little bit of play to them. The teeth in the gears must have little spaces, so it's possible to turn the button without the spindle and string moving. So when I try to get that final tuning, I have to overshoot by a lot, and then try to work my way back.

    The stock friction tuners move immediately when you turn the button. And that's great, but I often overshoot when I'm just a little off. It's a by-product of the "friction" part of the name. When I overcome the friction, I've overtwisted and then I need to go back the other way.

    The Gotohs are the best of both worlds. Like the friction tuners, they move immediately. And since they're geared, any over-rotation with your fingers doesn't move the spindle as much.


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    Review by Marc / (Posted on 10/8/2016)
    Amazing and jewel-like
    I put a set of these on my 1920s Slingerland Maybell banjo uke. At the same time I converted to the "red" strings. It is like having a new instrument. The fitting was easy, but lengthy as I use a reamer to enlarge the holes. The head on the Slingerland is much smaller than on the average uke but these were just right. The easy and accuracy of these is amazing - not surprising as I use Gotoh planetaries on some of my banjos. The strings too are a great improvement on my older New Nylgut Aquilas. I ordered them from these folk as I likes their site and had a good conversation with them before buying. They worked with me when what I ordered was out of stock and I am thrilled with the service. Thank you.
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    Review by Ian / (Posted on 7/10/2015)
    These fit 2012 Kamaka Tenor (HF-3) peg holes without reaming.
    RE: Gotoh UPTL Tuners, I ordered these to replace the original and troublesome Schaller guitar style tuners on my Kamaka Tenor (HF-3), manufactured in January 2012. I expected to have to ream the peg holes, but surprisingly, the holes are big enough without any additional widening. I did have to notch a tiny area of the hole for the very, VERY small gripping spike, but I used a narrow Xacto-type razor blade craft knife for that. There really should be TWO spikes on the tuners, in my opinion. However, everything fits, even though these UPTL tuners, the longer version, seem a bit short; my Kamaka's headstock is a half inch thick. One complaint I have is that the tuner post is rather small, and that means the hole that the string passes through is smaller than the hole on the guitar style tuners. Therefore, some heavier strings can not be run twice through the hole, as some of us like to do. As to tuning, so far, so good. Very quick (a little slower would be preferred, actually) and they seem to hold tune. I haven't had them long enough to describe durability. They look good, but as a retrofit they don't conceal the tiny screw holes left from removing the original tuners. One can fill the screw holes with filler or wood putty from a luthier supply shop, a toothpick, etc., or just leave them as is. The holes are barely noticeable. FWIW, my Kamaka has only one tiny screw hole per original tuner. The little washer-like trim rings that appear on the face of the headstock are smaller than the original items, so a change to these tuners may allow indentations from the original trim rings to show. Again, not a big concern and the indentations are noticeable only if you look for them. These are pricey compared to guitar style tuners, but, overall, they look good, fit, and seem to work, even if they are a bit quick. I considered the pricey Waverly friction tuners that use a loaded spring, and those are likely higher quality, but these are priced a bit less and have gears. I hope they last. FWIW, my Kamaka is a golden Koa, so I bought the gold tuned bodies with the white Pearloid buttons. The buttons are actually quite similar to the buttons on the original tuners. On another note, it took about an hour to remove the old tuners and install the Gotohs on my Kamaka, but I was slow and careful. I would have rated these tuners higher if the posts had been thicker, with more standard-sized (larger) holes, and if they'd had two spikes on the tuner bodies. I like them, but they could have been better. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of competitors manufacturing geared ukulele pegs. I wish Waverly would make some!
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    Review by Jerry / (Posted on 6/10/2015)
    Easier tuning
    I replaced the stock tuners that came on my Pono soprano, and it now tunes up and stays in tune, like a dream. I had to purchase a reamer from a luthier supply company, and the reamed holes took the UPTs perfectly. I have a 1960s baritone made by Favilla, and a soprano made by Harmony (my first ukulele...in 1962). I'm going to order UPTs for them both.
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    Review by Tenor Chick / (Posted on 4/23/2015)
    Favorite tuner EVER!
    Had these put on my Gretsch 9110SM when ordered. These are super easy to fine tune, hold great, and look really good. I love them so much I'm having them put on my Cordoba and Gretsch tenors as well. I think it just adds to a classic look for a ukulele.
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    Review by Jerr / (Posted on 11/25/2013)
    Amazing Difference!
    I personally replaced the stock Schallers on my Kamaka HF-2 recently. I can't say enough about how much better they are compared to the Schallers. They are more than worth every penny of the cost, and if you have them installed by HMS on a new purchase you'll not be sorry. I'm just bummed because they're out of the Ivoroids right now. I need another set for my HF-1 !
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    Review by Slingblab Mohair / (Posted on 7/20/2013)

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