The Shubb FS Fifth String Banjo Capo was the gadget that got it all started for us back in 1974, and to this day it's STILL the only fifth string capo worth putting on a banjo. It operates on a lever principle, not a spring, so it provides sufficient pressure to fret the string without muting the tone. It slides on a slim, dovetailed bar which mounts flush to the neck, making it sturdy and unobtrusive. Originally, our fifth string capo bar was eight inches long, and attached to the banjo neck with three mounting screws. 

About three years ago we remodeled the bar, a change which I'd considered for many years. I've noticed that I never capo the fifth string any higher than the tenth fret (this would go along with the regular capo being at the fifth fret) ...there simply is always a better alternative to capoing any higher than this. So for my own banjo, I made a custom bar which was much shorter (5.75"). Now we've made the shorter bar our standard size. Besides taking up less space on the neck (for you fellow thumb-wrappers), it offers the additional advantage of using only TWO mounting screws instead of three. If you feel that you want to be able to capo all the way up to the thirteenth fret, the FSLB original 8", three-screw bar is still available. The price is the same.


  • Model: FS
  • Fifth string standard banjo capo
  • 5.75" Bar
  • Unique design that is permanently attached to the banjo neck
  • It offers the most positive, clear tone of the 5th-string capo design
  • Lightning-fast changing action from fret to fret
  • Operates on a lever to provide sufficient pressure to fret the string without muting the tone
  • Slides on a slim, shorter dove tailed bar which mounts flush to the neck, making it sturdy and unobtrusive
  • Allows the 5th-string to be capoed up to the 10th fret for limitless key possibilities
  • Nickel plated, stainless steel

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    Blairsville, GA, United States
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