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    Default Replacement Tuning Knob for a 1980's Kentucky KM-800?

    One of the tuner knobs on my 25-year-old Kentucky KM-800 just crumbled in my hand, and it looks another one is about to go. Where can I get an online replacement in the US? I have no idea of what kind of tuners these are. I found this: https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-ha...n-tuner-knobs/ and this https://www.elderly.com/collections/...-ivoroid-round but not sure if these would work.

    In case the image doesn't show up, here's what it looks like: https://i.imgur.com/DXW11nP.jpg

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    Default Re: Replacement Tuning Knob for a 1980's Kentucky KM-800?

    Those are Gotoh deluxe tuners. No other button will fit other a direct replacement. I don't know if anyone sells the buttons separate from the tuners so your best bet might be to get some from a repair facility that has been around a long time and has a 'tuner graveyard'.
    Send me a PM if you'd like.

    Edit:
    I just checked and it looks like you can get a whole set of Gotoh buttons from a well known on-line auction site for a very reasonable price.

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    Default Re: Replacement Tuning Knob for a 1980's Kentucky KM-800?

    The old style square Gotoh buttons (like yours) are interchangeable with the Waverly square buttons. Paul Hostetter had this information on his website years ago on this page. The page goes on to lament that the newer Gotoh buttons had changed. I have a set of the older Gotoh tuners with the square buttons and I was able to switch back and forth with my Waverly mother of pearl buttons. Don't buy the Schaller style buttons from Stewmac, get the Waverly style.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Replacement Tuning Knob for a 1980's Kentucky KM-800?

    OK, seems the path of least resistance is Stewmac Waverly. I will report back on the results.

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    Default [Solved]Re: Replacement Tuning Knob for a 1980's Kentucky KM-800?

    Update in case someone stumbles upon this in the future. This worked: https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-ha...ationCode=4623 (Mandolin Tuner Knobs, Ivoroid, for Waverly). The color is slightly off, but not a big deal for me.

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