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Cheat-A-Keys D-Tuners

Cheat-A-Keys are very popular d-tuners amongst banjo players due to their rugged durability and smooth operation.  They can be easily installed with no modification to your instrument, and allow for that very cool string bend sound as popularized by the great Earl Scruggs!

First produced in 1952, the unique sound of the banjo D-tuners has captured the fancy of banjo lovers across the world. Often called Cheaters, a multitude of variations on the original design have been tried. 

Quit fiddling with your tuners and concentrate on picking your banjo!”

The revolutionary design of the Famous Old Time Music Company Banjo Cheat-A-Keys surmounts each and every one of these objections plus providing flawless performance no matter the tempo of the tune.




  • Cheat-A-Keys clamp onto the peghead and require NO DRILLING. Collectible banjos need not be de-valued with extra holes in the peghead.
  • Easy to install. No special tools or training is required.
  • Little or no maintenance. Made of durable metal, the keys are designed to give years of trouble free service with only periodic application of grease.
  • Easy to use.
  • Cheat-A-Keys do not replace or change the operation of the regular tuning machines at all. Tuning of the open strings is accomplished in the same manner whether the Cheat-A-Keys are in place or not.
  • Unlike previous designs, setting the stop points on the Cheat-A-Keys is quick and easy. One setscrew sets the tuning for D, Dm, C or any other key you might need.
  • The shaft is longer than the regular tuning machines, so the buttons are easy to grab and twist at any tempo.
  • Operation of the Cheat-A-Keys is more intuitive than other brands; clockwise always flats the note and counter-clockwise always sharps it.
  • The action of the Cheat-A-Keys is smooth and effortless which produces a faster, snappier change of pitch.
  • Available in Regular: fits any headstock up to 1 and 7/8 inches wide) and Extra Wide: fit headstocks up to 2 and 1/2 inches wide.



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