What Are Tuning Knobs On A Guitar Called?

The tuning knobs, like most guitar parts, go by many names. This can make it difficult to know what to search for when you need answers about something specific. What are the tuning knobs on a guitar, and what should you call them?

The standard names for them are tuning-knobs, tuning-pegs, tuning-heads, machine heads, and tuners. These are terms that most guitarists can understand clearly and are universal.

There are other names that these parts are referenced with that are not quite as common. This can make it hard to know what is being spoken of by these terminologies.

What Are Tuning Knobs On A Guitar Called

Additional Tuning Knob Names

Some less common names that some players use for tuning knobs are:

  • Tuning keys
  • Machine keys
  • Machine nuts
  • Tuning shafts
  • Tuning nuts
  • Machine tuners
  • Tuning machines
  • Tuning buttons
  • Peg gears

And while a few of these terms are somewhat easy to understand, for a beginner, others are harder to grasp. Especially when they are referred to as machines, cranks, tensioners, and gears.

A few of them sound like they belong to some sort of machinery and not to an instrument. But it is still good to know them, just in case!

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Don East

My name is Don East, I'm the editor for Killer Rig. I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and have designed and manufactured products like guitar amps, effects pedals, and more. Over the years I have played in many bands and have a deep love for quality gear. I am an electrical engineer and have a passion for music gear, and now want to share what I know with the community!