What Are Tuning Knobs On A Guitar Called?

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.

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’s still good to know them, just in case!

Why They Are Important

Tuning knobs are incredibly important on a guitar. This is because they adjust the tension of your strings. As a result, the strings can be tuned to specific arrangements. All to allow the guitar to be played as a polyphonic instrument.

Without tuners, we would not be able to tune guitar strings to a specific pitch. This would limit how we use the guitar today. So memorize those tuning peg names and scream them from the rooftops. They are one important part!

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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!