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Sep 30, 2020 - 12:40:54 PM



192 posts since 2/23/2011

Do people put spikes on open backs, or with all the tuning's is it frowned on?

Sep 30, 2020 - 1:27:07 PM

92 posts since 9/14/2019

Originally posted by mjbrennan

Do people put spikes on open backs, or with all the tuning's is it frowned on?

I put them on mine.  With all the tunings it's very helpful to have them.

Sep 30, 2020 - 3:27:02 PM
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2345 posts since 4/7/2010

I put them on openback 5-string banjos. Usually just one at the 7th fret for A and D tunings.

Bob Smakula

Sep 30, 2020 - 3:28:30 PM

133 posts since 12/21/2012

Never seen of heard of "traditional snobbery" regarding spikes on open back personally

Sep 30, 2020 - 3:43:12 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


23972 posts since 6/25/2005

Nor have I during my 58 years of playing openbacks. As Bob Smakula said—usually one at the 7th fret.

Sep 30, 2020 - 4:34:28 PM

4676 posts since 5/9/2007

I just re-tune the fifth string.
I don't install RR Spikes, nor do I like to buy banjos with spikes in the fret board.
I don't find it hard to sell banjos that have no spikes. In fact I find it easier to sell banjos without spikes as it gives the new owner the choice.
If the new owner wants to drive nails into their new banjo then so be it.

Sep 30, 2020 - 4:37:47 PM

2945 posts since 2/18/2009

I would say about half the banjos I sell get spikes added at the time of purchase, and about 3/4 of those banjos get two spikes, at 7 and 9. A few folks get one at the 7th, fewer get 7, 9 and 10 and a couple of folks over the years have asked for spikes at every fret from 6 to 12.

Sep 30, 2020 - 5:41:09 PM
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Bill H


1391 posts since 11/7/2010

The disadvantage to tuning the fifth string up is that it prohibits fretting the fifth string.

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