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New Banjo Parts
(TOS) indicates temporarily out of stock
Now Available; ABM 7.5 mm Planet Banjo Tuners with a custom long shaft. See below for details.
Gotoh (pronounced Go-Toe) tuners are manufactured in Japan with highest quality standards. Their planetary banjo tuners require a 3/8" hole (10 mm) and can accommodate pegheads with a thickness of 7/16" to 5/8".
Gotoh Banjo and Ukulele planet tuners quantity discounts are available. Order 5 or more sets of any style (mix & match), you receive a 10% discount.
Need more than 5 sets? Please inquire for bulk pricing. Up to a 25% discount.
Need just one single peg? No problem. Please inquire.
Gotoh 2 Band Planetary Banjo Tuners with black, creamy white, or pearloid knob. The smoothest banjo tuner made and a very reasonable price.
Set of 4 Nickel Plated planet banjo tuners; $65
Set of 4 Gold Plated planet banjo tuners; $79
Gotoh Raw Brass Planetary Banjo Tuners. These are the same as our nickel, gold, & X-gold tuners, but without any plating. We stock them with Gotoh's black and creamy white knobs.
Set of 4 Raw Brass planet banjo tuners; $75
X-gold plated 5th tuner, an excelent match to the raw brass planet tuners; $17 Photo
Gotoh Geared 5th String Tuner. Your choice of black, creamy white, or pearloid knob;
Nickel Plated 5th tuner; $12
Gold plated available at $15
X-Gold 5th tuner; $17
Gotoh Aged Nickel Finish Planet Banjo Tuners. Having noticed that Gotoh does the most accurate aged nickel finish for their guitar parts, we asked them to do the same with their banjo tuners. The samples were perfect as are the tuners from our continuous orders.
Set of 4 Aged nickel planets; $70
Aged Nickel 5th Tuner; $13
Please specify your choice of Gotoh's black or creamy white plastic knob. Grained ivoroid, amber plastic, and ebony knobs to fit these tuners are available at additional cost.
Gotoh X-Gold Planets & Matching Fifth Tuner. In our quest for the ever-popular raw brass parts, Gotoh suggested their X-gold finish. This gold color looks very much like raw brass, but being gold, it is resistant to corrosion and the color will stay the same. Only available here at Smakula Fretted Instruments. Black knob is standard. Gotoh's creamy white or pearloid knob can be substituted at no additional cost.
Set of 4 X-Gold planet banjo tuners; $117
X-Gold 5th tuner; $17
Gotoh Black Chrome Planet banjo tuners. All metal parts are black. Comes standard with a black or creamy white knob.
Set of 4 Black Chrome planet banjo tuners; $89
Black Chrome 5th tuner; $17
Black Chrome tuners Photo
Small Shaft Banjo Planet Banjo Tuners by ABM of Berlin, Germany. Inspired by the original Planet banjo tuners made by Ludwig in the 1920's, these German made tuners are the perfect upgrade to your vintage instrument. The shaft diameter is 7.5mm (.290"), making it a little bigger than 9/32" (.281"). They can accommodate peghead thicknesses from 3/8" to 9/16". The gear ratio is 4 to 1. Prices are per set of 4. Photos
Our custom made long shaft ABM tuners can accommodate 1/2" to just under 3/4" peghead thicknesses. If you need a full 3/4", please request a thin fiber washer to replace the OEM metal washer. For tapered pegheads, as on A.C. Fairbanks banjos, we recommend 2 standard ABM and 2 long shaft ABM. Nickel plated and gold plated are in stock. Sorry, raw brass long shaft ABM tuners are not available. Prices are the same as our standard ABM planet tuners. Please specify standard or long shaft when ordering.
ABM planet banjo tuners with the standard length shaft (3/8" to 9/16") with nickel and gold plating are temporarily out of stock. We have more on order and they are expected to arrive here in mid June, 2018. Raw brass with standard shaft and the long shaft with nickel or gold plating ABM tuners are available for immediate shipment. Please email to be notified of the nickel and gold plated standard length shaft tuner's availability.
Nickel plated with pearloid knob; $125
Nickel plated with grained ivoroid, imitation tortoise shell, or amber colored knob; $135
Nickel Plated with no knob (if you want to install your original vintage knobs, the tuner shaft will have to be filed slightly) $120
Gold Plated with no knob; $195
Gold plated with pearloid knob; $200.
Gold plated with grained ivoroid, imitation tortoise, or amber colored; $210.
Small Shaft Planet Banjo Tuners, Raw Brass Finish, By ABM, Berlin. An excelent complement to your banjo with the raw brass hardware. Prices per set of 4; Photos
Raw brass with pearloid knob; $110
Raw brass with grained ivoroid, imitation tortoise, or amber colored knob; $125
Schaller Geared 5th string banjo tuner. Ours have a pearloid knob, but any knob can be substituted at additional cost. $28
Schaller Geared 5th tuner modified for left handed banjo, the only left hand banjo 5th tuner available; $38. Schaller 5th Photo
Tuner knobs for banjo tuners; We have them manufactured to fit Gotoh, Waverly, Five-Star, ABM & Schaller planetary and fifth tuners.
Just In; Keystone shaped knobs for Gotoh Planet and fifth tuners. In Amber and Tortoise colors. Photos
Amber colored tuning knobs $5 each. Photo (TOS. More on order, arrival date unknown)
Dark Tortoise Color Tuning Knob, $5 each, Photo
Grained Ivoroid tuning knobs $5 each, Photo
Ebony Tuning knob, $5 each
Gotoh original equipment knobs for planetary and fifth tuners. Black, creamy white, and pearloid available $2 each. Photo
Gotoh Planet Ukulele Tuners. Gotoh has done it again. They now offer the precision gearing of their 4 to one planet banjo tuners in a smaller, lighter package for ukuleles. Anyone that has struggled with friction tuners on their uke will be grateful to have this non-fussy tuner. Weighing only 58 grams (about 2 ounces) they are significantly lighter than the 140 grams (about 5 ounces) of the banjo planet tuners. Gotoh Planet Uke Tuners require a 3/8" (10mm) hole in the peghead. We stock mostly the UPTL that can accommodate pegheads 13/32" to 1/2" thick. We stock some Gotoh Planet Uke Tuners in the slightly shorter UPT model. They accommodate pegheads 11/32" to 7/16" thick.
We offer the following metal finish options with a choice of black tulip, creamy white oval, or black oval tuner knob Price is per set of 4;
Chrome finish, $65
Black Chrome finish; $79
Gold finish; $82 (UPT is in stock, UPTL is TOS)
X-Gold finish, to match raw brass banjo ukes; $110.
Gotoh Uke Tuner Photo
New Carved Bone 5-string Banjo Tailpiece. Inspired by the original equipment found on Fairbanks banjos before 1900. $45. Optional tailpiece hanger bolt & nut is $5. Specify long (2-1/4") or short (1-3/8") Photo
Ebony banjo tailpiece blanks. These are profiled and ready for you to do the final shaping and drilling holes for strings and attachment; $8 each. Photo
We reccomend a Kevlar tailpiece loop for attachment to your banjo; $3 each
No-Knot 5 string tailpiece, made in China, $10 each.
Unplated raw brass No-Knot 5 string banjo tailpiece made in China; $12
5-String Cammed No-Knot. A faithful reproduction of the original. Highly reccommended for use with gut strings. Made in the US. (TOS) $50
6 string No-Knot tailpiece for guitar banjo, made in Canada, $34
4 string No-Knot tailpiece for tenor or plectrum banjo, made in Canada, $32
Photo of all No-Knots
Tensionator Tailpiece. Made by ABM of Berlin Germany. Similar to the pre-war Oettenger tailpieces found on Bacon and other banjos, these tailpieces offer individual tension adjustment for each string. Photos
4 string, Nickel plated; $120
4 string. Gold plated; $180
5 string. Nickel plated; $130
5 string. Gold plated; $190
5-string unpolished raw brass; $120
5-string highly polished raw brass; $140
Kershner reproduction, nickel plated, made in Japan; $40 Photo
Waverly reproduction; Nickel plated, $20 Photo
Presto style, adjustable, nickel plated; $35
Presto reproduction, non-adjustable, $20 Photo
Vintage Style wire armrests, nickel plated brass. Made for 11" rims, but can be gently bent to other sizes. $18. Photos
Vintage Style wire armrests, unpolished, unplated brass; Made for 11" rims, but can be gently bent to other sizes. $15.
Vega style, rolled sheet metal armrest, nickel plated, fits 11" diameter banjo rims; $8
Mastertone style, one leg, nickel plated steel, fits 11" rims with 24 hooks. $15.
Mastertone style, one leg, nickel plated brass, fits 11" rims with 24 hooks. $22
Neck Attachment Hardware
Cole Style neck attachment Brace. Custom made for us, this W.A. Cole style neck attachment brace is an excelent replacement for the one that is lost on your Eclipse Man-In-The-Moon banjo or for use on a new instrument. They are raw unpolished, unplated brass so you can modify to suit your exact needs. $25 Photos
Vega Style dowelstick Neck attachment. Cast brass U collar with screw, backing plate, and pin. $35 for the set. Photos We also offer this set in raw brass for $25 Photos
Banjo Fifth String Nuts;
1/8" cylinder with rounded top, made of bone; $3 each
1/8" cylinder with rounded top, made of galaith; $1 each
Fifth String Nut Photos
Bone nut blank for banjo; $4 each
5th String Railroad Spike Capos;
Bag of 10: $1
Bag of 100: $5
Banjo Bracket Wrenches;
For hex nuts. 5/16", 9/32" and 1/4"; $8 each
Banjo Bridges; Made in Germany. 3 leg, maple with ebony top for 5-string banjo. Heights available; 1/2", 9/16", 5/8". 11/16". & 3/4"; $5 each
Banjo Bridges; Made in Germany. 3 leg, maple with ebony top for 4-string banjo. Heights available; 1/2", 9/16". 5/8". $5 each
Banjo Bridges; Made in USA by Grover. 2 leg, maple with ebony top for 4-string banjo. Heights available; 1/2", 5/8"; $5 each. Reccommended for Banjo Uke.
Steel Banjo Strings;
D'Addario EJ60 Light gauge banjo string set for 5-string banjo; $6.00.
D'Addario EJ61 Medium gauge banjo string set for 5-string banjo; $6.00.
D'Addario EJ63 Jazz tenor banjo string set for 4-string banjo; $6.00.
Smakula Fretted Instruments custom Irish tenor banjo string set for 17 fret 4-string banjo; $6.00. Includes; .011", .018", .030"w. .040"w
Smakula Fretted Instruments custom Irish tenor banjo string set for 19 fret 4-string banjo; $6.00. Includes; .012", .020"w, .026"w. .038"w
LaBella BG-110 loop end guitar banjo strings; $12 per set
Nylon Banjo Strings;
Aquilla Nylgut 1B Nylon 5-string banjo, medium gauge, red 4th; $10
Aquilla Nylgut 2B Nylon 5-string banjo, light gauge, red 4th; $10
Aquilla Nylgut 5B Nylon 5-string banjo, medium gauge, all Nylgut $9
Aquilla Nylgut 6B Nylon 5-string banjo, light gauge, all Nylgut; $9
Aquilla Nylgut 7B Nylon 5-string banjo, minstrel gauge, all nylgut, for low minstrel tuning; $11
Aquilla Nylgut 11B Nylon 5-string banjo, medium gauge, all red series strings; $11
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 $7 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.
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.
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.
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