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Thread #111773   Message #2357830
Posted By: Anglo
04-Jun-08 - 10:56 PM
Thread Name: banjo: 5th string capo or tacks?
Subject: RE: banjo: 5th string capo or tacks?
The tacks most people use are HO gauge model railroad spikes. They work fine. On a regular banjo I put them in at the 7th and 10th frets (the 5th string starts at the 5). I get a professional to do it. If you do it yourself you need to drill a hole first, put in the spike with a tiny dab of glue, and use something like a nailfile under the heel of the spike so you don't drive it in too far. The string has to clip under it. I'll often tune the 5th string up as much as a minor 3rd (3 frets equivalent) to avoid using it.

I also have another banjo with a Shubb capo. I also had someone put that in for me as well. It works fine too. I find it visually confusing when I move up the neck. Especially if it's sitting unused (at the 6th fret). But it works.

Hope this helps.