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.

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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.


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By preetcher from Beaufort, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 17, 2013


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.

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By Frank S. from Green Valley, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 07, 2013


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

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By C. Nyal de Kaye from Emu Plains, NSW Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 22, 2013


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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By Wilmer Gingerich from Jamesport MO
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 17, 2011


Good spikes!

Great addition

By Kenny from Cincinnati, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 26, 2011


I found the spikes to be a great addition to my banjo, allowing me to easily move to a key that I could sing to. I didn't have the router bit, so I made my own by machining down a reamer. It worked fairly well, but I think the next time I'll find a bit that's the right size.

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By K.G.Jones from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 04, 2011


I have always hated the looks of a big metal sliding capo on the side of a banjo neck.To me it detracts from a banjos looks.I have a banjo I got for a graduation present when I graduated from the local community college a few years ago. I decided to try these spikes. After following the directions found in the free information section on installing the spikes, my banjo is all spiked up and it works great. I had to file them some to get the results I wanted but it all worked out fine.


In the picture I uploaded with this review you'll have to look close to see them. That's what I like about spikes. I even installed some in the banjo of a friend. I have always liked the parts and tools I've bought from StewMac.



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