What Tuner Buttons and Tuners Can You Choose for an Open Back Banjo?

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Tuner buttons are purely cosmetic and can be wood, plastic or mother of pearl. It really is down to your personal taste.
It’s worth asking for a good quality set of planetary tuners.

These take the name from planets orbiting around each other. It means that when you turn the tuner, the gears are in a constant mesh and there’s zero back lash or sloppiness. Bad tuners tend to jump if you’re tuning down because the gears slip. Planetary tuners don’t do this and make it much easer to tune your banjo.
Here you can see some photos of planetary geared tuners.

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