These model railroad spikes have become a simple and popular way to capo the 5th string, 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.
Setting up a banjo's 5th string: nut, capos and peg
In this issue:
Todd Sams shows how he sets up a banjo 5th string using railroad spikes, a block of wood, and a camless clamp. Read more...