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.

Banjo Heads contact us...
If you have a Yahoo email address, please include a phone number with your inquiry as Yahoo is blocking our email repiles.

Page Updated 11-5-2020

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

Smakula Fretted instruments is on its way back to regular business. As you know, we have been shipping instruments and parts throughout the pandemic. We are again accepting banjo, guitar, mandolin and minor fiddle repairs. For the safety of our staff, we can not invite people into the shop, but we do have a covered porch to use for repair drop off and pickup, as well as a place to test instruments we have for sale.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all work through the details of the new normal.

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

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 .