•“Love your capo. I’ll spread the word.” USA 2023
•"My banjo Highway capo arrived. Absolutely delighted with it.
Craftmanship and build second to none and sound and sustain incredible." - Ireland 2020
•"The Banjo Highway capo lives up to all of your claims including enhanced drone attack and sustain, better overall instrument response and ease of use. I have just ordered another from
your web site and will certainly recommend them to my customers." Paul Laszlo - Laszlo Luthiers - Australia 2019
•"I'm thrilled with my new 5th string capo. Thanks!" - USA 2019
•"Very happy with this ingenious little fifth string capo! It does exactly what it says it will & with ease" - USA 2018
•"The capo works just as described and I am really pleased" - USA 2017
•"I am really impressed, both with the capo, and the quality of your customer service. I have tried various 5th string capos and nothing comes close to yours for ease of use and quality of tone." - UK 2016
•"I am extremely pleased. The capo is rock solid. I really didn't want to put railroad spikes in the necks of my banjos and this is a perfect solution." USA 2015 (Bronze style)
•Terrific fifth string capo. I'm recommending it to my banjo playing friends." USA 2015 (stainless Style)
•"Sounds great and WAAAAY better than the pen top I was using - USA 2014
•"This is must-have equipment for all banjo players" - Canada 2014 (bronze style capo)
•"I do agree that your capo sounds good!" - UK 2013 (stainless style capo)
• "Fantastic capo. I use it on three of my banjos... The best part is that I don't need to retune the string like I had to do with some railroad spikes." USA 2013
.“Terrific fifth string capo. I’m recommending it to my banjo-playing friends.” USA 2015 (stainless Style)
-This is just as good as advertised. I love it. USA 2015
-Mine worked perfectly right out of the box with no fuss. USA 2014
-I duly received my capo today and I am fully satisfied.- France 2013
-The capo arrived today and it works great.- Hawaii USA 2013
-Very cool capo- New York, USA 2013
-It has arrived and it’s great - Sydney, Australia, 2013
-I certainly think you have a great product.- California USA 2013
-Thanks again for unparalleled customer service, way above and beyond any company I’ve ever experienced! You guys are the greatest! - Virginia USA 2013
I do agree that your capo sounds good! - UK 2013
The part of the capo that touches the 5th string is METAL. This particular grade of metal used in either stainless steel or bronze capos improves the timbre and sustain, maximizing the tone of your banjo. The side tensioning adjusting knob is an engineering-grade plastic designed for strength.
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A company focused on developing creative banjo accessories—an Australian company staffed with American product development engineers and pickers from Kentucky and Australia. Major products include the newly patented side tensioned 5th-string banjo capo. This is a relatively new capo product (perhaps the first 5th string capo design in the 21st century). These side-tensioned capos have been sold in the USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, and many other countries since 2012.
Our 5th string banjo capo engages the string precisely over the fret center; as the side adjusting knob is tightened, the banjo 5th string is slightly tensioned, pulling it a little towards the side of the banjo neck. (patented)
With the fifth string in contact with the capo slot, vertically and horizontally, banjo string vibration is better transferred to the instrument for a better timbre and sustain.
Better tone creation, no holes to drill, removable when not needed, can be used in more positions on the banjo neck.
1. Insert the capo under the string and over the fret. Make sure the slot under the capo is centered on the fret, the bottom of the capo is flat on the neck, and the string is in the slot on top of the capo.
2. Make sure that when tightening, the capo doesn’t move off that position and sit half on and half off the top of the fret; an angled capo lessens tone and, more importantly, reduces stability on the banjo.
3. Lightly tighten the capo to observe the slight deflection of the string towards the edge of the neck. Do not tighten until the adjusting knob stops turning. The best sound varies with the banjo, but it is usually between a slight string deflection (side-tensioned) and the end of knob travel.
The pressure exerted on the banjo string is no more than other banjo capo devices.
Hey! competitive capos require drilling holes into your banjo. HOLES!! Not having to drill holes is a benefit, and the side tensioning knob has a rubber bumper to protect the side of the banjo neck. Under proper use and care, users report no problems.
The string does not have to be “lifted” anymore. It has to be pressed down with other banjo capo designs. Professionals usually fine-tune the fifth string after applying any design capo, but it is generally unnecessary because the Banjo Highway sets over the center of the fret. (see testimonials)
Yes, unless the banjo bridge is highly misaligned (in which case, it should be centered anyway) or the “action” is set up to an unusually non-standard height.
Users report no specific preference. Open-back banjos seem to benefit from the material properties of our stainless steel banjo capos, but bronze is cool!
It’s a personal choice. Here is a side-by-side comparison.
The Banjo Highway capo is a unique design requiring a special manufacturing process. Each capo is tested and fine-tuned on a banjo. Compared to the combined cost of other banjo capos and luthier installation fees, the price usually makes the Banjo Highway capo a cost-effective product.
Other methods use plastic or felt to contact the banjo neck. The result is a dull sound and a visually inferior appearance. The Banjo Highway the 5th string capo looks excellent but, above all else, sounds better.
Yes, it does. Some guitar players use it on the 1st string, which is also a radiused neck for alternate tunings.
Certainly, it works further up the neck where no spikes exist, or other fixed capos run out of sliding travel. The best answer, however, is “maybe.” It probably would work if the spikes were installed EXACTLY centered between the frets. Otherwise, the spikes will interfere with the proper positioning of the Banjo Highway capo. See the first testimonial above from a user. Contact us for more information.
Same problem with finger picks, tuners, and regular capos. To help solve all these problems, a microfiber accessory pouch (shown below) is included with each Banjo Highway capo to store these items when not in use. Additionally, a plastic “gig clip” is included with each purchase. It can be put in various positions.
Yes, contact us for details.
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