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    peg broke off

    The peg broke off my A string and I think the A is going a little flat. I would not know what to do. Any advice? I would like to keep my guitar. Thanks in advance.

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    If you're talking about the peg that holds the string into the bridge of your acoustic guitar (called a "bridge pin"), I'd just replace it. They're not expensive. If you have a set of plastic pegs, it might be a good time to upgrade to a full set of TUSQ or bone pins. They'll make the guitar sound better and be more durable.

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    Not that, I mean the tuning peg. Maybe you call it something else. But thank you for your reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llanwydd View Post
    Not that, I mean the tuning peg. Maybe you call it something else. But thank you for your reply.
    Hmmm. That's hard to envision. Is it just the part where you put your fingers to turn the peg that broke off? Can you post a picture?

    I guess, in a sense, the solution is the same as the bridge pin... just replace the tuner. Depending on the brand of tuner, you might be able to get a direct replacement, or you might want to invest in new set for the whole guitar. Those will be more than a set of bridge pins, but they're not astronomically expensive. No reason to ditch the guitar just for this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llanwydd View Post
    The peg broke off
    It will come back to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    It will come back to you.

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    That happened to my acoustic on the low E-string. I found it convenient to change out the entire "tuning machine," or whatever it's called.
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    Thanks for your replies. I doubt I can replace the tuner, whatever that is (shows you how much I know). Anyway, I am talking about the plastic piece that I turn when tuning the guitar. It is actually a classical guitar which is somewhat different from a folk guitar and very different from an electric. Even with a set of vice grips, I am unable to turn the metal part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llanwydd View Post
    Thanks for your replies. I doubt I can replace the tuner, whatever that is (shows you how much I know). Anyway, I am talking about the plastic piece that I turn when tuning the guitar. It is actually a classical guitar which is somewhat different from a folk guitar and very different from an electric. Even with a set of vice grips, I am unable to turn the metal part.
    OK, I get it now. This makes sense, those plastic parts would be prone to breaking. You can easily and inexpensively replace the tuners on a classical guitar, though you may have to replace the entire set because they typically come three on a plate, so you can't just replace one. No matter. Here's a reasonably priced set that might work for you (I'm looking at the ~$25.00 set).

    https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-ha...RoCMdUQAvD_BwE

    You may need to take some measurements to verify they'll fit (there a chart in the pictures that can help you). You can probably install these yourself, or go to a luthier who can both source the correct parts and install them for you. Either way, this is what you'll need to do if you can't turn the tuner at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    It will come back to you.
    Thanks for reinforcing the earworm that had already started to settle in as soon as I saw the thread title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    It will come back to you.
    Came here to wondering if this joke had been made. I approve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llanwydd View Post
    Sputnik asked me to take a picture. Should I smile for the camera?
    Please do. I know we're gonna love it!

    But seriously, do you have a sense of what you need to do, or what you're going to do? Any other questions? I'd like to see you get a legit answer to your question.

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    If it's just the plastic knob you actually turn while tuning, that plastic knob can be easily replaced. A tech can do it in a minute or so with you standing there, and may only charge you for the knob itself.
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    Thanks for the advice, folks. Now it is just a matter of finding a specialist.

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