The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #137751   Message #3152325
Posted By: JedMarum
11-May-11 - 04:58 PM
Thread Name: Rick Fielding's banjo
Subject: RE: Rick Fielding's banjo
I believe you'll find that placing the 5th string peg at 6 or 7 is done with a mind to also capo that string as need be (or use spikes). It gives you both a better starting point for 5th string capo (or spike) placement and it gives you a longer range of first position motion without suffering from (fretboard) capo interference.

In short, you wouldn't do it in lieu of 5th capo or spikes. You would do it in addition to those techniques.