5th String Capo Spikes, Package of 15

5th String Capo Spikes, Package of 15

5th String Capo Spikes, Package of 15

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5th String Capo Spikes, Package of 15

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The "original" 5th string capos! These model railroad spikes have become a simple and popular way to capo the 5th string on your banjo.

For players who prefer not to retune the string or who don't want to attach a sliding capo onto the side of the neck. A spike can also be installed behind the 5th fret to serve in place of a 5th string nut.

Install a capo spike low enough to prevent string buzz over the fret, while letting you slip the string in and out for quick key changes. Hammering a spike into the fingerboard can bend the spike or split the wood. Our tapered router bit is recommended for installation.

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Setting up a banjo's 5th string: nut, capos and peg

Todd Sams shows how he sets up a banjo 5th string using railroad spikes, a block of wood, and a camless clamp.

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5.0

Banjo Guy needs Railroad Spike Capo on Short String

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It was amusing to meet Andrew, a young college student with a super nice banjo and a problem. He tried to explain it, so I said, I know a banjo guy in Ohio so we logged on to STEWMAC. Sure enough there were the miniature railroad spikes used to capo the small upper string of the banjo. I'm a guitar guy. but we ordered these and Andrew brought his banjo and we got the additional locations installed so he can play in all the keys he needs. We nipped them off a tiny bit, about 1/8th inch, to make them easier to install, mainly into the fretboard and not the neck itself. We chucked up a .054 shortened guitar string, down to the inner core. Still had to add some masking tap to the winding on the guitar string drill bit to make it grip in the chuck. Drilled tiny hole using only inner core of the string. They went in nicely, used automotive feeler guages to get it just right and then sanded lightly. Then using a pipette we super glued each capo spike in place wicking away excess super glue with edge of a paper towel. Job turned out nice. Thanks Stew Mac, right stuff- in the bag.

5.0

Jt

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Excellent

5.0

Spikes for new banjo

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Verified Buyer


Bought new banjo and needed to add spikes for 5th string. These were perfect. Install was easy and they work great.

5.0

Great service! Had em in stock.

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Verified Buyer


Shipped them right away and I had them installed in just a few days.

4.0

spikes

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all good

5.0

HO railroad spikes

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I was amazed at the attention Stewart McDonald gave me for such a small order. The only thing I needed at the time was some HO railroad spikes for my banjo. Also, since it was such a small order Stewart McDonald shipped it for only $2. To say at the least I was pleased with the service given and the fast shipping. I received the order within 2 days.
Thank you Stewart McDonald.

James

5.0

5th String Capo Spikes, Package of 15

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Verified Buyer


Spikes worked very well easy to install with extra spikes if needed nice item.

5.0

Already received

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I'm very happy and already I use thanks good luck

5.0

Easy install 

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Verified Buyer


Had to clip them shorter for a V neck shape but they are just what the Dr. ordered!

2.0

Not What I Hoped For

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The spikes in the StewMac website picture appear slightly thicker and more substantial in diameter than the ones I received. Also, the heads in the picture appear rounded and thicker, as well. I won't use the ones received because I fear they are just too fragile for their intended use.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 89 See 5th String Capo Spikes, Package of 15
on page 89 of our StewMac Digital Catalog