Gotoh UPT Tuner w/ Optional Install

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$59.00

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.

Reference Key for Understanding the Model Names:

UPT/UPTL : Indicates whether the body of the tuner is short or long

UB( ) : Indicates what type of tuning button. (Ex. UBN = Natural Button, UBB = Black Button) 

-(letter after hyphen) : Indicates what type of body (Ex. -G = Gold Body, CW = Chrome Body) 

 

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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