Best Banjo Accessories in 2020



String Swing CC01B-BW Banjo Hanger Wooden Wall Holder Black Walnut Hardwood Review:


I replaced a Hercules GSP38WB holder with this one. The Hercules didn't support my banjo properly. It was supported by the tuners, not good. At about 15 lbs, I was not about to risk my instrument to just any hardware or mounting system. This was mounted into a stud, but I replaced the 2" screws that came with this hanger with 3". I think I'll sleep better with the longer screws installed. I also liked the use of a T-nut in this hanger and the fact that you can adjust the horizontal aspect of the hanger if you install it slightly out of plumb. As you can see from the pix, everything is supported properly.

Sleep well with this hanger in use!



Strum Hollow 5th String Banjo Capo Review:


I'm very pleased to say this lil capo works beautifully. My Deering Goodtime already had spikes for the 5th string when I puchased it used, but using the spikes caused the 5th string to be quite sharp. (I'm the one who asked the question listed on this capo).
I can easily use this capo even with the spikes installed, and the string is in tune with the capo, plus I can capo the 5th whereever I please. Good price, good product, fast shipping. If I lost this lil capo I would buy again from the same seller! thanks Strum Hollow music, and also to the guys that answered my question on this product!

Note: If you unscrew it a bit too much when removing you will unscrew the button right out of the capo, you can get it back in, but rather than risk stripping the threads, just don't unscrew it too much when removing. One video suggested placing the capo on the string down by the bridge and then sliding it up to the desired fret.

J House



Elixir Strings Banjo Strings w POLYWEB Coating, Light (.009-.009) Review:


It took me years to try a set of these, honestly because they are a few dollars more. I began playing banjo many years ago, and have purchased probably every variety, gauge, and composition I have had the chance to... and these indeed, live up to their claims. the primary attraction (for me) of these is the feel on the fretboard. the medium gauge have the feel of somewhat lighter gauge strings...but indeed are the same spec-wise (thickness) as most typical medium gauge strings. with this said, the sound is not compromised but either equal or better than any brand i've ever tried. amazon seems to be the best deal i've found online. oddly, the money you will save just by not having to change them nearly as often is an absolute no-brainer. ive purchased about 15 or so of these sets with constant playing. the longest i have left a set on is 4 months, and my banjo, for the first time ever, actually did not sound noticeably brighter with the new set of the same strings, where usually i'm delighted and excited with the sound after a string change. pretty amazing engineering. if you are an occasional player, these are again, a home run, as they will not deteriorate in your banjo's down time. i have always carried a small cloth to wipe my strings. you will notice these are much smoother when you wipe them.
they feel smooth, make the action feel smooth, sound (in my opinion) better than any string made, and seem to last nearly forever.



Peak Music Stands ST-30 Adjustable Banjo Stand Review:


Was very happy, from the moment I opened up my package. Very compact in a nice travel bag. I was wondering how in the world could this be an instrument stand, but once I took it out and seen the genius engineered design of this I was thrilled! It just folds and extends into every which way to Sunday, thank you. The stand is very sturdy, cradles and holds my 9 pound banjo like it's laying in a huge pillow.

This item does not get 5 stars because there is one area I felt was weak. The little bar that secures the neck of the instrument into the spur, was nothing more than a plastic flap attached with thin rubber "somethings", but the stand is tilted in a backwards angle enough that I'm not too overly concerned, and my Banjo is a very expensive Deering, but someone else may take issue with that minor buggy-boo.



GHS Strings PF150 5-String Banjo Strings, Phosphor Bronze, Light (.010-.022) Review:


I own a 5 string Deering Goodtime Banjo. Until now I have used either Deering's strings or whatever Guitar Center had - They are in a little blue cardboard box, I don't remember the name of the company. There was never any real sound issue, I'm not a prolific player and I'm still barely learning after two years of owning the instrument.

However, I decided to try these out and I fell in love as soon as I got the machine in tune. These are truly wonderful strings and I am even more excited than ever to practice and finally get to really playing my banjo! Time will tell if the strings play well and last, so hopefully I'll find out soon and remember to update this review. If not, try out the strings and good luck!



Crossrock CRSG106BJBG Padded Gig Bag for Open Back & Resonator Banjos, Backpack Straps, Black/Grey Review:


OK, even further along, feel even better about this case over the 1000, since my last review. The 1000, though seemingly similar construction, isn't as rigid. The 2000 is Solid. Compared to the 1000, the fixed padding outlines the strings/bridge and better molds to the resonator. The Handle is now much more comfortable, though not leather. About the non-fixed padding: less is more! Crossrock pushes this 2000 case, imo, as having more room for your beloved than the 1000. Yes it does, but at the expense of the fixed padding. Now you use two or three loose strips to get yours to fit snugly. Funky. My Gibson Mastertones did fit in the 1000 except for the bridges, which to me was too tight. Not good. Now the fit is better in that you can put the loose padding where it is needed for the resonator. Still I wish there were some way to adjust the neck support close to the resonator. Too high. Considering the price I'll now give it 5 stars. Still no support for the peghead, the most vulnerable part. If Crossrock had just copied the Hiscox technology, this would have killed the "flight cases" imo. My Hiscox guitar case holds my dread like a papoose. Six men can stand on it without damage. Not this case here, tho. Why oh why won't the Hiscox Brits make a matching banjo case? Still, this is a very pretty case. Strong enough for toting, wouldn't trust it to an airplane handler tho. And hundreds less than the "flight cases." Consider not getting black, because when I sl scratch my black one, white shows through! How dumb is that. At least a Sharpie helped hide those. Hopefully this white one is white underneath too. Sooo, if your beloved is bigger than the standard Gibson or taller bridge than 5/8", you might score with the 2000 otherwise consider the 1000.



D'Addario EJ60 Nickel 5-String Banjo Strings, Light, 9-20 Review:


Clarity of these strings are very good. I prefer a med gauge as I find they stay in tune longer than the light gauge. If your experienced you will have no problem with bends etc. All a matter of preference of course but if you are using light gauge I recommend giving these a try and I think you'll agree the tone is deeper and better.

One other note the 3rd string is always a bit tricky with banjos so if you use a regular bridge you'll find better intonation on these.



D'Addario EJ61 Nickel 5-String Banjo Strings, Medium, 10-23 Review:


Clarity of these strings are very good. I prefer a med gauge as I find they stay in tune longer than the light gauge. If your experienced you will have no problem with bends etc. All a matter of preference of course but if you are using light gauge I recommend giving these a try and I think you'll agree the tone is deeper and better.

One other note the 3rd string is always a bit tricky with banjos so if you use a regular bridge you'll find better intonation on these.



D'Addario EJ55 Phosphor Bronze 5-String Banjo Strings, Medium, 10-23 Review:


Clarity of these strings are very good. I prefer a med gauge as I find they stay in tune longer than the light gauge. If your experienced you will have no problem with bends etc. All a matter of preference of course but if you are using light gauge I recommend giving these a try and I think you'll agree the tone is deeper and better.

One other note the 3rd string is always a bit tricky with banjos so if you use a regular bridge you'll find better intonation on these.



Ernie Ball Earthwood 5-string Banjo 80/20 Bronze Loop End Bluegrass Set, .009 - .020 Review:


These medium gauge strings are just about right for playing clawhammer/frailing style. I don't necessarily know that Ernie Ball strings are any better quality than any other brand. My main point in this review is that the gauge is right for frailing (at least for the way I frail - your mileage may vary). I tried light gauge strings and didn't like them... the sound was a bit hollow and they were too bendy and stretchy. I kept having the problem of accidentally pulling the 1st string off the side of the fretboard when playing up the neck. And the light gauge strings were so easy to bend that they would sort of mash together under my fingers when making certain chords, which would result in slight intonation problems. These medium gauge strings are just little bit stiffer and offer a little more resistance, and thus prevent both of those problems. And the sound of the highs (especially on the 1st string) is clearer and has more sustain.