PO Box 882, Elkins, West Virginia 26241


Phone Hours; 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Eastern Time, Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturday.

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Page Updated 5-1-2020

Please Visit our Home Page for links to our banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins, and more.

The state of West Virginia is now under a "safer at home" order during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is, only essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies, and take out restaurants are open for business, I want to let you all know that since my shop is at home, I will be able to accommodate mail orders

Things I can do;
Ship parts and instruments. As long as the delivery services continue to operate, I can ship to your door.

Things I can not do;
1) Offer repair services. My crew will all be safe at home surfing the internet with nary a chisel within reach.
2) Welcome shop visitors to check out instruments.

Hopefully in my small way I can contribute a sense of normalcy during this international crisis.

Please stay safe.

Bob Smakula

Vintage Guitar Parts


We have more Acoustic guitar parts than we have listed. Please email us your needs and we'll let you know promptly if we have it in the shop.


Tilton's Improvement Badge. Often the disc from the neck block to end block stick in a Tilton guitar will become lost. We now offer the only remedy available today, Our disc is made of french polished hard maple and laser engraved using an original paper Tilton disc as a reference. Our standard disc is 2-5/16" in diameter, but we can adjust the size to a little larger on special order. $50 each. Photo

Kluson GS-505 VSS Waffle Back Guitar Tuners with oval knobs. New old stock from 1971. Three on a side. These have slotted tuner posts like the Kluson Deluxe tuners used on Fender guitars of that era. 3 sets available; one chrome, without bushings; $125. Photos 2 sets in gold with bushings included; $150 per set. Photos

1952 Kluson 3 on a plate tuners. This set has buttons that are shrinking, but they are still functional. $40

New Kluson 3 on a plate reproduction tuners. Black or White buttons, made in Japan and they work much better than the Chicago made originals; $50 per set

Late 1950's? Gibson Tune-O-Matic guitar bridge. Gold plated with Brazillian rosewood base. Looks lightly used, but comes with original orange box & screwdriver. Excelent condition. $300 Photos

We ship most of our instruments via UPS. Cost to ship a mandolin is $20 to $40. Cost to ship a guitar or banjo is $25 to $60. The cost of insurance is extra. We will be happy to quote before shipping.

Small goods like banjo heads and other parts cost $8 per order for Priority Mail shipping in the continental US no matter what the order size. The cost of orders headed out of the continental US will be quoted before they are shipped.

Sales Tax
We are legally obligated to charge 6% West Virginia sales tax on anything purchased here at the shop or shipped within the state of West Virginia. We do not charge sales tax on orders sent out of state.

To Order
Call us at 304-636-6710. For payment we accept checks, wire transfers and MasterCard & Visa. If you prefer Paypal, please send us an email requesting a Paypal invoice.

Occasionally a customer will let us know that the "Contact Us" button will not work on their computer. If you have that problem, please use sfi<at>smakula<dot>com You will have to change the <at> and <dot> to @ and .