Bishline Cimarron Specifications
Walnut neck with fancy burl walnut resonator
Full-weight, flathead tone ring made to pre-war (WWII) specs in the U.S.A.
3-ply maple rim
Original mother of pearl inlay
Ebony fingerboard and head cap
Hard shell case
Bishline Banjos introduces an affordable, professional-grade banjo, made-in-USA, the Cimarron. It may well be the best value in an American-made, professional-grade 5-string bluegrass banjo with a full-weight, bell-bronze tone ring.
What’s a 5th-string railroad spike capo? Click here to see a photo. When you use a standard capo on your banjo fretboard, fretting strings 1 through 4, you’ll need to capo the 5th string separately. The 5th string starts at the 5th fret. If your standard capo is on the 2nd fret, you also need to capo the 5th string two frets higher, at the 7th fret. We recommend installing railroad spike capos on frets 7 and 9 (A and B). We install them on the fretboard just under the 5th string, an idea that was developed and used by Earl Scruggs himself. We use them, and so do most of the professional players we know. When you’re playing, you don’t really notice the spikes because they’re out of the way, but they’re always there when you need them. Simply slide the 5th string under the spike. When you’re done, slide it out.