What do you call the tuning thingy poking out on the head stock of your bass guitar?
There are many variations of the names that bass tuning keys are called, so those little knobs you use to change the pitch of the strings can be named;
- Tuning Keys
- Tuning Knobs
- Machine Heads
- Elephant Ears
- & More
On the bass guitars, where the string tension is usually extremely higher than a normal standard guitar, a larger, heavier duty set of machine heads are used, these machine heads are the engine room of the bass tuning setup and the knobs and keys are their wingman.
The Bass tuners usually feature larger knobs than their guitar tuner counterparts too and sometimes can be a wide variety of shapes and sizes, these are attached to the other part of the tuning setup which is where the gears are.