Two styles now available-- Classic Brass and Electric Aluminum.

Woodcut from S. S. Stewart’s “Observations on Stroke or Thimble Playing on the Banjo.”

In 1889 S. S. Stewart wrote,  “It has frequently been said by Banjo teachers and players, that thimble playing, or stroke playing, as it is called, was fast becoming obsolete, and was dying out -passing away entirely.


    I have, upon several occasions, taken exception to this statement and have said that thimble playing was merely subsiding for a time and would in time revive again and take a higher and better form.”

    Now in many forms and called by many names, clawhammer, stroke style, frailing, etc., the movement is the same... strike the strings down with the nail of the finger and pull with the thumb.  Today this style is more popular than ever, yet the banjoist is forced to “make do” by adapting “picks” to protect the fingernail.

    Well, I was not satisfied with “making do.”  Bluegrass/ Hawaiian guitar picks worn backwards was just not good enough.  I had tried the other styles targeted to the down stroke banjoist but there was something not right.  The magic was missing.  Plastic was out of the question.

    So, out of frustration, I began to fabricate my own by hand.  They worked O.K. but I was limited to thin, weak metal. I still was not happy.

    Well friends, no longer do we need to “make do.”  I have decided, at great expense, to reintroduce a long out of production but needed product.

Made of solid .025 brass and precision stamped, I hand shape and finish each one myself.  This is a labor of love made right here in New Hampshire.

    Much is written and discussed about authentic tone in banjo music.  Be it wire, nylon, or gut strings, there is only one way to get “that old time sound.”  One must use the same style of thimble that the old timers used.

    My thimbles help give a solid and strong tone.  They are perfect for “knocking out a tune.”  They increase volume and clarity.  Very importantly they protect the fingernail from damage that could ruin a performance or jam.

This is your great granddad's banjo thimble.

Woodcut from the 1895 Montgmery Ward & Co. Catalog.

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Woodcut from 1920s Musical Goods Catalog provided by John Hoft.