Tuning Tailor made For Your Uke!

Upgrade Your Uke!

Standard guitar-style worm and gear tuners, used on most ukuleles today, were designed for high-tension steel strings and respond slowly and inefficiently to a uke’s short scaled, nylon strings. The gear ratios on most ukuleles is 16:1 or higher. (Meaning it takes 16 full turns of the button to rotate the post 360 degrees) No wonder ukuleles are hard to tune! Plus, there is the weight issue with standard tuners, making ukuleles headstock heavy. The Graph Tech team decided to tackle these problems that have plagued uke players world-wide and created a new patent-pending technology that makes ukulele tuning and staying in tune a breeze!

Tune Faster

Graph Tech’s Tune-a-lele machine heads are tailor-made to improve the performance and balance of your instrument. The team at Graph Tech figured out the correct gear ratio is 6:1 for a uke. Tune-a-leles are designed with a revolutionary 6:1 gear ratio, not a 14:1 or 16:1 which most ukes have now. While standard machine heads high gear ratios have you turning the button a lot to slowly produce any pitch change, Tune-a-leles are right in the sweet spot: they react immediately to any adjustment and allow for precise fine tuning. Tuning is fast and intuitive!


A guitar style machine head has a thing called backlash or play, where the string post slips a bit even though the button is static. This can cause major tuning problems. Even worse is backdrive, where the string tension causes the gear to unspool. A standard machine head design cannot achieve a 6:1 gear ratio without backdrive. The ingenious design of Tune-a-lele’s gear tunes the uke at an optimal 6:1 ratio, while preventing both backlash and backdrive for accurate, stable tuning.

World’s Lightest Tuner

Tune-a-leles weigh in at a mere 5 grams each – the lightest ever - making the combined weight of all four less than one standard metal machine head. Our machine heads balance the ukulele so it’s not headstock heavy, making the instrument more comfortable to hold and play. Tune-a-leles are made of a proprietary high-density polymer, reinforced with a stainless steel center to ensure durability.

dave dunwoodie

Head Honcho

“A ground-breaking design for Ukulele players around the world! Designed from the ground up specifically for ukes, to solve the inherent issues ukuleles have. Tuning to pitch, tuning stability and neck heavy balance problems, all caused by using guitar style tuners on an ukulele.”


Design Engineer

“From the reinvented drive system to never before seen applications of engineering materials, all while taking into account the needs of the player; we have really pushed our understanding to new places on this one.”



“Through a completely different design, Tune-a-leles actually make tuning a uke feel like tuning a guitar. The pitch changes as soon as you turn the button compared to after a spin and a half with standard uke machine heads.”


Specially chosen to give a balanced tuning response across the 4 strings of the ukulele, the 6:1 gear ratio allows the player to achieve approximately 1 turn to 1 tone of pitch change when making adjustments about the standard tunings of the uke.

tech specs

The tune-a-lele is composed of a high strength impact resistant polymer reinforced with a stainless steel axle which passes through the length of the part. The design of the internal gearing allows for a low profile assembly which inherently resists slip and back driving of the tuner


new pack

Ratio Tune-a-leles are the first machine heads designed specifically for the ukulele’s small, nylon strings, with a 6:1 gear ratio that make tuning a (tropical) breeze. They’re the lightest tuners ever, for a perfectly balanced uke. Tune-a-leles and mounting screws come in this bright and compact blister pack.


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