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Page Updated 7-28-2021

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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 now have a heated camper trailer in front of the shop 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 Banjo Parts

We stock thousands of vintage parts. Mostly for banjos, but we have a few things for acoustic guitars, mandolins and fiddles. A small sampling is listed here. If you don't see your need listed, Do Not Call, but please email us. To help speed up the process, kindly attach a clear close-up jpeg (100 to 200 K file size please) of your desired part and any important measurements. I'll reply promptly.


Vintage Style Wire Banjo Armrest; An excelent and affordable reproduction of the wire armrests found on many prewar openback banjos, The slotted adjustable legs fit most banjos with traditional shoe, hook, & nut design. Manufactured for 11" rims, but can be gently bent to fit other diameters. We offer these armrests Nickel plated for $18 or raw unpolished brass for $15. Both finishes are in stock and ready to ship. Photos

5-String Banjo Tailpieces

Early 1900's No-Knot.
Top lip trimmed so it does not extend over tension hoop. $80. Photos
1920's No-Knot. With original hanger bolt. $125. On Hold. Photos
Early 1900's Cammed No-Knot. Swivel cams at the string holders make this perfect for gut and nylon strings. 3 available.$150 each Photos
Early 1900's Cammed No-Knot, Gold Plated. Swivel cams at the string holders make this perfect for gut and nylon strings. $175 Photos
Elite 5-string tailpiece. As seen on Cole amd Orpheum banjos $75 Photos
1900 Tallon Tailpiece. Individual fingers for each string. Used on some Lyon & Healy banjos; $100 Sorry. Sold. Photos
1900 Tallon Tailpiece.
Individual fingers for each string, plating worn to raw brass. Used on some Lyon & Healy banjos; $100 Photos
1980's Tallon Tailpiece.
Individual fingers for each string. High quality reproduction; $100 Photos

1890's Gatcomb, Similar to S.S. Stewart's Common Sense tailpiece. $100 Photos
A.G. Wood Tailpiece. Patented April 5, 1887. $100 Photos

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 bolt (2-1/4") or short bolt (1-3/8") Photo

4-String Banjo Tailpieces

Kershner Unique original 4-string Tailpiece. Nickel Plated. $100 Photos
Waverly-Ludwig 4-string tailpiece for 1920's Ludwig top tension banjos; $75 Photos


Tuners and Tuner Parts

Vintage Ivoroid Tuning Knobs. We have many different shades of Celluloid grained knobs made from 1900 to 1935. Matching sets are rerely available , but please inquire. $15 each Photo
Vintage Celluloid Tuning Pegs.
Celluloid non-grained knobs made from 1900 to 1935. Matching sets are rarely available, but please inquire. $10 each Photo

Vintage Celluloid Tuning Pegs, New Old Stock. Celluloid non-grained knobs made arround 1925. These are tuning pegs that have never been instaled on a banjo. Currently 41 available, $20 each. Photo
Grained Ivoroid Friction Tuner Maltese Cross Knob. #4 Knob only. $15. Photo
1890's Carved Bone 5th Tuner as used on high end Fairbanks Electric banjos. $150 Photo
1920's Screw Tension Friction Tuners. With grained ivoroid knobs. As seen on 90% of all banjos made from 1900 to 1930. 4 sets currently available. $75 per set of 4 Photos
1920's screw tension friction tuners by Elton. Grained ivoroid knobs. $75. Photos

1920's Screw Tension Friction Tuners with Knurled String Lock Screws & grained ivoroid knobs. 2 sets of 4 available. $80. Photos
1920's Small Screw Tension Friction tuners. Smaller grained ivoroid knobs than above. 3 sets available; $50 per set of 4 Photos
1920's Champion Uke tuners, grained ivoroid knobs, set of 4; $75 Photo

1920's Gold plated screw tension friction tuners, Set of 5, with original grained ivoroid knobs. $150. Sorry, Sold. Photos
1920's Screw Tension Friction Tuners with Modern Amber Colored Knob. Set of 4; $20 Several sets available. Photos
1920's Champion Screw Tension Friction Tuners, 3 single pegs with great looking ivoroid knobs. $15 each. Photos

Geared Tuners

Grover Leader. Geared banjo tuner with a diamond shaped plate with holes for 2 mounting screws. Excelent condition. $200 for the set of four. One single available for $50 Photos
Grover Leader. Same as above. Set of 4 with grained ivoroid knobs. Screws and ferrules included; $200. Photos
1920's Grover Pancake Tuners. 3/8" shaft, slightly large housing, .79" diameter and .312" thick, grained ivoroid knobs. $250 for set of 4. Photos
1920's Grover Drluxe Two-Band Tuner, with extra engraving. 3/8" shaft, grained ivoroid knob. One available; $100, Photos
Grover Offset Pancake Tuners. Require 2 screws for mounting. Only one available $40; Photo
Elton Planet Tuners. Made from the 1950's through the 1970's. We do not currently have a matched set of 4, but have many single tuners available. Send us a picture of yours for the best match. $15 Each Photo
Pegheds Geared Tuners that resemble violin friction pegs. Discontinued 9mm size, Only 2 sets of 5 available, $125. Photo

Ludwig Planet Tuners; The original small shaft (9/32") planetary banjo tuner. Nickel plated with grained ivoroid knobs; 2 sets of 4 available, $250 per set Photos

Ludwig Planet Tuners; Smaller in proportions than above. Made for banjo-ukulele. Gold plated with grained ivoroid knob; $350 Photos

Banjo Shoes

1920's Vega 1 point shoe (Little Wonder, Style N); $5.00 each Photo
1920's Original Vega 2 pointed shoes; $15 each. Photo
1920's Original Gold Plated Vega 2 pointed shoes; $20 each. Photo
Fairbanks 1900 Reproduction 2-point Shoe; $20 each Photo
Fairbanks Shoe with hex bolt, $10 each Photo
Fairbanks & Cole long 2 pointed shoe. Photo $25 Each.
Buckbee Spread Eagle shoes, Wth nut attachment; $25 each. Photo
Buckbee Spread Eagle shoes, Wth screw attachment; $25 each. Photo

Buckbee Shield Stars and Bars shoes $25 each Photo
Buckbee Shield Shoes. Rim attachment screw cast into shoe. $25 each Photo
Buckbee Butterfly Shoe; $30 each Photo
Buckbee Shoes, raw brass. $5 each. Photo
1890's Shoe, similar to some Stewart shoes, but with a smaller, 8-32 slotted screw. Nickel plated brass. $5 each. Photo
1890's Lyon & Healy shoe. Nickel plated brass Photos
J.B. Schall Ball Shoe; $15 each. Photo

Hook and nut sets

Original Vega 9/32" ball end nuts with hook nickel plated; $10.00 each. Photo
Original Vega 9/32" ball end nuts with hook silver plated; $10.00 each. Photo
1890's Fairbanks Cobra Hook with Square nut with Ball End.
Very rare. $25 each. Photo
New Reproduction Cobra Hook with 9/32" ball End Nut.
$5.00 each Photo
1960's Vega Bent flat Hook
with 9/32" open ball end nut; $5 each. Photo

Baystate amd Gatcomb Hook with nut. 5/16". $10 each. Photo
Lyon & Healy 5/16" nut with hook. $8 each. Sold Out. Photo
Paramount Ball End, 9/32" nut with hook, nickel plated, $10 each Photo
Paramount Open knurled end 9/32" nut with flat hook; nickel plated $10.00 each. Photo

Buckbee, square with long ornament nut, with hook, $25 each. Photo
Buckbee, nickel plated brass hook with 9/32" nut, $8 each. Photo
Buckbee, raw brass hook with 5/16" nut, $8 each. Only 2 left. Photo
Fairbanks hook with 5/16" nut, $10 each. Photo
British round hook with 5/16" nut. Only 7 available. $10 each. Photo
Gibson Trapdoor. hook & open 1/4" ball end nitwith lip; $10 each. Photo

Dowelstick Neck Attatchment

Fairbanks Banjo Dowelstick neck attachment. Nickel plated brass U collar with backing plate, screw and pin, $100 Photos

Resonators & Resonator Hardware

Vega Individual Flange Plates,
Nickel plated $5 each; Photo
Vega Engraved Individual Flange Plates, Nickel plated $15 each; Photo


ID Plates

1900 A.C. Fairbanks ID Plate; Original A.C. Fairbanks plate removed from an un-restorable original 5 string banjo, serial number 19129. $250 A very hard to find item. Photo
New Reproduction 1900's A.C. Fairbanks ID Plate;
A reasonable copy of the Fairbanks screw on plate. $15 Photos

Bracket Wrenches

Vega with Star 9/32"; $50 Each Photo
Fairbanks Electric; From early 1900's 9/32"; $150 Each Photo
Generic brass clock key, .150" square, fits Ludwig Top Tension Banjos, $7
New bracket wrenches. 1/4", 9/32", and 5/16" hex; $8 each.
New bracket wrench. 1/4" square,; $12 each.


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.

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