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5th String Capo Spikes, Package of 15

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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

Easy install 

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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.

5.0

Shipped right out!

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I have always had excellent results from ordering from Stew Mac

5.0

Perfect size

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Customer brought in some from local hobby shop that were far too small. Ordered these and they worked just fine.

5.0

Great value, worked perfectly

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Because I'm new to banjo, my instrument is a lower-cost one - one without capo spikes. My teacher's banjo had them and I saw how absurd it was to continually re-tune the drone string. I did not drill or route a hole, but instead used a tiny tack to burrow out a starter-hole for the spikes. I tapped them gently into the hole and, voila, all is perfect. Stewart-MacDonald was super easy to order from, and really super fast with delivery. No snags or problems.

5.0

railroad spikes for banjo fret board

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They worked out fine, but you really need to be a lutheir to get it right: I already had some but I don't want to get my supply to low

5.0

Model railway spike

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Bought the Stew mac tapered bits, drilled the hole, cut a bit of length off the spike head, put super glue on the tip ,hammered it down 'till the head landed onto a .014"-.015" feeler gauge, then rounded the head with a Stew-mac diamond file, and did some final polishing of the head. Now feels smooth -Like a tiny fret. Nothing wrong with these!

4.0

Good but

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These are good for eliminating the need for a 5th string capo but, be aware that unless they are installed to precision they will cause string bending and you will have to re-tune your 5th string. There is also a possibility of catching your finger on them if you slide it on the 4th string especially if you have big fingers like mine.

5.0

Capo Spikes

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Perfect! Quality of spike makes instillation easy. Remember to use tapered router (as recommended by SM) to start insertion.

5.0

Capo Spikes

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These are great little gadgets. I make cake tin banjo's or often Olive Oil Tin banjo's. They are quick to make as the neck is totally flat. I use these behind the nut to pull the string down tight into the nut. You can see them in the pic. I have never had one move. So, for me, they are great little gadgets.

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