Gibson Banjo

Guitar and banjo "hardware"- why are the tuners differently designed?

Can someone please enlighten me on an interesting point. I have recently replaced the tuners on a guitar and a banjo and I was struck that both instruments are broadly similar yet the preferred tuner design is quite different.

I should point out I am talking about "top of the range" type instruments here. For instance, take a good quality banjo. It will have geared tuning "pegs" which come straight out the back of the instrument. Conversely a good quality guitar will have tuners - Grovers or such- which have handles which come out at 90 degrees.

I know that many cheap or "old time" banjos also use guitar type tuners but never have I seen the reverse situation- where banjo type tuning pegs are used on a guitar. Is there any reason why this should be?

Please PLEASE note that this is a specific question about banjo tuning pags and guitar tuners. I don't invite correspondence form people droning on about their gibson banjos, martin D28's or whatever.

I dunno , history of both instruments is probably a weak factor , maybe a luthier in here can answer the direct question while avoiding all the ambiguity of it all - MY simple (mostly non sufficient) answer would be "cause it's just like that , and thats the way it is..." LOL!

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