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              Standard model, Mahogany

                          Banjo Board demonstrated

              Mahogany Deluxe (with arm rest)

            Cedar Deluxe (with arm rest)

NEW! Deluxe Plus Banjo Board, with pick compartment!

Never lose your picks again!


Three-finger banjo style depends seventy-five to eighty percent on right hand technique. The Banjo Board® is the first practice device that allows you to concentrate on right hand fundementals without the distraction of left hand operations. Don't waste time with the small "knockoff" simulators which won't allow the feel and proper hand angle of a real banjo in your lap. Get the original banjo board and turn wasted driving time or slow time at the office into productive practice time. Practice rolls quietly after the kids are in bed. Improve timing and speed by practicing with a metronome or playing along with a CD or radio. Improve roll and lick fingering memorization, finger anchoring, angle of attack, depth control, economy of motion, finger strength, and general accuracy. Start a show or jam session already warmed up because you used the banjo board beforehand. Hand made in USA of African mahogany or lighter weight cedar to specs of a real banjo. Available only from Hatfield Music.


Cedar Banjo Board - $35.00 plus $7.00 P&H. Add to Cart Mahogany Banjo Board - $40.00 plus $7.00 P&H. Add to Cart
Cedar Deluxe Banjo Board - $40.00 plus $7.00 P&H. Add to Cart Mahogany Deluxe Banjo Board - $45.00 plus $7.00 P&H. Add to Cart
Cedar Deluxe Plus Banjo Board - $43.00 plus $7.00 P&H Add to Cart Mahogany Deluxe Plus Banjo Board - $48.00 plus $7.00 P&H Add to Cart
BANJO GREETING CARD - original artwork by Jackonsville Florida banjoist/artist Cable Spence. Banjo player characacture on front, blank inside so your own personal greeting can be added. 7" x 5.25 ". Heavy textured card stock, fuzzy edge on card and envelope. Four cards for $12.00. P&H Free with other "postage due" items. Add to Cart


 NEW! Pick Box - hand made from native East Tennessee hardwoods by native Tennesseean: walnut, persimmon, ash, beech, maple etc. Also useful for pills, jewlrey, pocket change, any small items. Approximately 2.5 inches high, 1.25 inch diameter. Since each one is different, cannot offer specific wood selection. You may, however specify dark (usually walnut) or light (persimmon, ash). No guarantees, we will send whatever is on hand.

$15.00 plus 2.00 P&H. Pick Box, Dark wood - Add to Cart        Pick Box - light wood  Add to Cart






Banjo Cleaning Kit Includes:

  • Dunlop© Wood polish for all finished wood surfaces
  • Simichrome© polish for all plated surfaces
  • Linseed oil and swabs for fingerboard restoration/preservation
  • Scouring pad to remove fret tarnish
  • Application and buffing cloths for wood and metal polish
  • "Banana" pull-towels for hard-to-reach areas under brackets
  • Microfiber polishing cloth for final buffing
  • Fast Fret© string lubricant/cleaner

Kit is packaged in plastic re-closeable container, small enough to fit into banjo case compartment. Replacement items available separately. These components would cost much more purchased separately and not fit as easily into banjo case compartment.   $25.00 plus $3.00 P&H   temporiraly out of stock


Banjo Setup Kit  - Exclusive Hatfield Music item! Includes every tool needed to perform standard repairs and adjustmrnts on a banjo. Needle-nose pliers for co-ordinater rods (string height adjustment), dislodging stuck brackets, odd-sized bracket nuts and tailpiece adjustment screw, 1/4 inch L-bracket wrench with flat screwdriver, wire cutters for string changing, small straight and phillips screwdrivers for truss rod cover and tuning machine adjustment, sockets for bracket and tailpiece nuts and truss rod adjustment, file for slotting nut and bridge and minor fret filing, allen wrench for tailpiece angle adjustment and truss rod adjustment. All in a tri-fold container that fits neatly in the standard banjo case compartment.    $30.00 plus $3.00 P&H. temporiraly out of stock


PICK POUCH by Hatfield Music

A handy little leather pouch that fastens to the brackets of a banjo or to the back of the peghead of any stringed instrument - guitar, mandolin, dobro,etc. No more lost or bent picks! No more misplacing picks! Available only from Hatfield Music.$7.00 plus 1.00 P&H.Temporiraly out of Stock



Jones-Hatfied Banjo Pickup


Jack Hatfield has redesigned the popular Gerald Jones Acoustic Plus banjo pickup!

The Gerald Jones pickup, known to produce the most natural pickup amplified sound possible, was out of production for several years. This pickup features a magnetic coil/ inductor strip design. Mounts on co-ordinator rods with thumbscrew. The 3.5mm" jack mounts easily in flange hole, does not require routing a groove in inside of resonater as previous Gerald Jones 1/4" jack sometimes did. No drilling, screws or soldering required-installs in two minutes! New jack mounting bracket now available for Stelling banjos.

Improvements over the original Gerald Jones design:

More powerful signal - 10% more windings and a stronger magnet.

Improved shielded coil-to-jack cable, re-routed out the back of the pickup so it clears the co-ordinater rods.

Plastic non-conducting enclosure replaces metal enclosure - less interference with electromagnetic field.

Spacer on mounting bracket to more accurately center pickup under head.

Enclosed 3.5mm jack replaces open back 1/4" jack - avoids possible electrical shorts if finger pick is dropped through flange hole or the jack gets bumped while the resonater is unattached to the banjo. The smaller 3.5mm jack will not interfere with resonater mounting as the 1/4 inch jack did on the original Gerald tJomes pickup.

Jack mountng bracket - jack no longer mounts directly in the flange hole. Bracket made from insulating plastic to avoid ground hum. Can now be mounted on Stelling Banjos.

Includes both 24" cable to connect to belt preamp and six foot cable to connect directly to amp or PA.

Lifetime Guarantee! We will replace at no charge if purchased from Hatfield Music.

Why does the Jones-Hatfield pickup have a more natural acoustic sound than the Fishman? It's because the Fishman is an active pickup, but the Jones - Hatfield pickup is a passive pickup. An active pickup is one that has voltage supplied at the coil, like a condenser microphone. When voltage is applied at te coil there is a small amount of distortion. It is the same thing as over- driving the individual channel volume on a PA...or producing distortion on an electric guitar.This is how rock guitarists like Jimi Hendrix first created distortion in the late 1960's - they turned the pot on the guitar and the individual channel on the amp (preamp) all the way up, over-driving the main amp.

With an active pickup there is no way to CONTROL the voltage and impedance in the coil - it is determined by the guage of the wire in the coil, the number of windings and the amount of voltage going through the coil...all stationary aspects that cannot be altered by the banjo player. With a passive pickup such as the Jones - Hatfield pickup, the voltage is controlled by user via the pre-amp, such as the Schatten Mini-Pre or the Fishman GII guitar pre-amp.

The advantage of the Fishman GII pre-amp over the Schatten is that you have fingertip control of volume and TONE (with a three-band Equalizer)... on your do not have to turn around and adjust the amp or use a volume pedal which means fewer cables underfoot and electronics that can go wrong.The disadvantage is that the GII is much larger and bulkier clipped to your belt.

Better results will be obtained by taping the inductor strip under the head instead of placing it under the middle foot of the bridge...not only can the the inductor be positioned closer to the coil (which means more gain) but you can move it around for different tone...near the middle of the head for a mid range tone, or nearer the tailpiece area of the head for a more treble tone.

Jones-Hatfield Banjo Pickup $100.00 plus $5.00 P&H. Add to Cart

Jones-Hatfield Pickup/Shatten Mini-Pre preamp combo: $140.00 plus $5.00 P&H  Save $15.00! Add to Cart Jones-Hatfield Pickup/Fishman GII preamp combo: $150.00 plus $5.00 P&H. Save $20.00! Add to Cart  Jones-Hatfield Pickup/Fishman Pro EQ II combo: $215.00 plus $5.00 P&H. Save $20.00! Add to Cart Jones-Hatfield Pickup/Fishman Pro-EQ Platinum combo $245.00 Save $25.00! Add to Cart

Note: this pickup is designed for resonater banjos with two co-ordinater rods of equal diameter. Installs in any Gibson-style banjo (Gibson, Huber, Rich & Taylor, (Tennessee), Neat, (Stanleytone), Arthur Hatfield, Imperial. Also, Gibson style imports including Gold Tone, Gold Star, Recording King, Washburn, Epiphone, Aria, Ibanez, Morgan Monroe, etc) Deering, Stelling (with the specail off-center jack mounting bracket).

Though it can be rigged for many travel banjos. open-back banjos and Nechville banjos which do not have two co-ordinater rods, Hatfeld Music does not guarantee it will intstall in these instruments. Often a fake co-ordinater rod will have to be made or the pickup bracket can be glued or otherwise fastened to a square dowel stick. A 7'8" clearance between the rod/dowelstick and the head is required.

Any returns due to failure to install properly or on the correct style banjo (with double co-ordinater rods) will be deducted the standard 15% re-stock fee.


Adapter: Six-inch cable adapter, .35mm. right angle male to 1/4" straight female. Links Jones-Hatfield banjo pickup to wireless belt transmitter or standard instrument cable with male 1/4" male end. This adapter may be required if the 6-foot cable provided with the Jones-Hatfield pickup is not long enough or of desired gauge, or if a standard instruemnt cable is preferred so it can used with various other instruments feeding into the into the same amp or direct box).

$6.00 plus 1.00 P&H Add to Cart


Mini Pre Preamp by Schatten Designs - One inch thick, 2 inches wide, 3 inches in length (25mm x 50mm x 80mm). Weight: 4.5 ozs. (125 grams) with a battery. (Photos here of mini-Pre and Fishman pre amps ae roughly at correct ratio). Volume control. Solid - Tough enough to take years of stage abuse.

The Mini Pre is built into a rugged ABS box that is tough enough to stand on. Made in Canada. The Mini Pre comes complete with a sturdy belt clip that installs on the preamp.
* Single Channel Preamp.
* Clean, crisp sound amplification.
* Even, flat response.
* 9 volt battery powered, instead of hard to find wafer batteries.
* Long battery life (up to 2000 hours with an alkaline battery)
* Trim pot on the circuit board for setting preamp gain from 0 to 20 db.

List: $69.95 HM price: $55.00 plus $6.00 P&H. Add to Cart



Platinum Stage Preamp/D.I. (PRO-PLT-301) Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-analog universal instrument preamp delivers incredibly accurate sonic detail for any acoustic instrument. A discrete, high-headroom Class-A preamp uses precision, high-speed circuitry for the highest fidelity and low distortion. Classic Fishman tone centers with sweepable mid is combined with a switchable guitar/bass EQ mode, making it more musical for bass instruments, and more universal for recording and performing musicians.
The new Platinum Stage integrates critical performance features like adjustable volume boost and a balanced XLR D.I. output housed in a beautiful, road-ready design.
With an included belt-clip, the Platinum Stage is perfect for mobile instrumentalists, such as mandolin and fiddle players. It can also be powered via 48-volt phantom power, offering complete control over your sound without batteries.
         FEATURES & INFO:
17-volt, high-headroom, discrete Class-A preamp
4-band tone control with sweep-mid and low frequency filter
EQ mode tailors EQ for bass or most other instruments
Phase control
Volume boost switch with level control
Balanced D.I. with pre/post EQ setting and auto Ground Lift
Belt-clip included
TONE SHAPING: 4-band EQ with sweepable Mid, adjustable Low-Cut filter
FEEDBACK CONTROL: Phase invert switch
DIMENSIONS: 5.6” L x 3.3” W x 1.2” H
(143 mm x 85 mm x 30 mm)
WEIGHT: .65 lbs (0.30 kg)
POWER: 9-volt battery (not included)
48-volt Phantom Power
Fishman 910-R power adapter (optional)
BATTERY LIFE: 70 hours
        AUDIO I/O SPECS:
1/4” Instrument input
1/4” Amp output
XLR Balanced D.I. output
Auto Ground Lift

List: $149.00 HM price: Too Low to Advertise! call 865-428-7844 or email

Power Supply for Fishman pre-amp/DI $14.00. plus $2.00 P&H. (free P&H with purchase of any Fishman pre-amp) Add to Cart
       Platinum Pro EQ/DI (PRO-PLT-201) - Completely redesigned from the ground up, the all-analog Platinum Pro EQ universal instrument preamp delivers incredibly accurate sonic detail for any acoustic instrument. A discrete, high-headroom Class-A preamp uses precision, high-speed circuitry for the highest fidelity and low distortion. Classic Fishman tone centers with sweepable mid is combined with a switchable guitar/bass EQ mode, making it more musical for bass instruments and more universal for recording and performing musicians.

The new Platinum Pro EQ integrates critical performance features like adjustable volume boost and a balanced XLR D.I. output housed in a beautiful, road-ready design.

The Platinum Pro EQ is built to be stomped on with durable foot switches that activate the adjustable volume boost or high-contrast chromatic tuner. It also includes a simple and effective analog soft-knee compressor, effects loop and precision sweepable notch filter.

         FEATURES & INFO:
17-volt, high-headroom, discrete Class-A preamp
5-band tone control with sweep-mid and low frequency filter
EQ mode tailors EQ for bass or most other instruments
Phase control and precision notch filter reduces feedback
One-knob adjustable compressor smooths playing dynamics
Integrated fully-chromatic digital tuner
Volume boost foot switch with level control (+12 dB)
Balanced XLR D.I. with pre/post EQ setting and ground lift

TONE SHAPING: 5-band EQ with sweepable Mid and adjustable Low-Cut filter
FEEDBACK CONTROL: Sweepable notch filter and Phase invert switch
DIMENSIONS: 6.2” L x 5.6” W x 2.2” H
(158 mm x 143 mm x 54 mm)<
WEIGHT: 1.4 lbs (0.64 kg)
POWER: 9-volt battery (not included)
Fishman 910R power adapter (optional)
BATTERY LIFE: 30 hours

        AUDIO I/O SPECS:
1/4” instrument input
1/4” amp output
XLR Balanced D.I. output with Ground Lift switch

List: 349.95 HM Price: Too Low to Advertise! call 865-428-7844 or email



AntiGravityTM Strap by Hatfield Music Handmade in USA by master leathercrafter of first quality leather. Non-scratch. load-leveling ergonomic design, moving joint lets banjo find natural center of gravity without rubbing of strap on shoulder and neck. Asymmetrical design allows it to distribute weight evenly over shoulder without cutting into neck. Four inches wide at shoulder, thick fleece padding. The most comfortable strap available. Cradle style design supports the banjo safely from underneath. Quick-release buckles on both ends for easy on/off and easier case storage. (For case storage, lay over banjo fingerboard, flat in case. Helps pad banjo inside case, insures snug fit). Includes matching pick pouch (see ad above) for easy pick storage/access. For banjo, guitar, bass and dobro. (Specify instrument if not for banjo!) Natural leather color, oil finish. Shows scratches less than dyed finish. List: $99.95. HM Price: $70.00 plus $3.00 P&H. Currently out of production. We need to get a quota of orders before it iseconomical to manufacture a batch. email to get on waiting list.




About the "cradle style" strap attachment system
A cradle style strap is one that supports the banjo from the bottom, the banjo resting in the strap as one would cradle a baby, instead of dangling from hooks which can damage the edge of the resonater on heavier, nicer instruments. Another fault of hook-style attachments: if the bracket the strap is attached to becomes loose, the banjo could crash to the floor. The cradle style strap attachment is vastly superior because it is more secure and has no metal parts in contact with the wood parts of the banjo. The strap ends are fed under the brackets until a designated bracket is selected for attachment. Then the strap end is looped over the bracket and is attached to itself with a Chicago screw (shoestring or leather lace can also be used). The length of the strap (how far down the banjo hangs) is determined by which brackets are chosen to attach the strap ends. (The Dogwood strap also featuress an adjustment that involves holes in the strap which the ends are fed through...more range of adjustment but not as sleek looking). The higher you want the banjo to rest, the closer the strap ends are to each other under the banjo. The Showcase, Dogwood and Anti-Gravity straps all use the cradle style attachment system. The Anti-Gravity strap has the extra feature of quick-release buckles so you may disengage the banjo from the strap. The other cradle-style straps remain attached to the banjo at both ends at all times.

Chicago screws are used to secure the strap ends.Lace or string can also be used.


Hatfield Music patented CAPO CADDYTM
Keeps capo at fingertips...for easy access, quick one-hand capo installation.
No more digging in pocket between tunes! No more risking damage to peghead by clamping capo on! No more lost capos! Accepts all major brands of capos!
Attaches capo conveniently to:
  • back of peghead (guitar or banjo)
  • heel (of guitar only)
  • wall of practice room or studio
  • microphone or music stand
CC-B1 for Banjo
Sorry - Currently out of stock
CC-G1 for guitar

side mount for back of peghead

$12.00 plus $1.00 P&H Add to Cart

CC-G2 for guitar
end mount, for guitar heel, studio wall, any flat surfaces $12.00 plus $1.00 P&H Add to Cart

Hatfield Music
313 Lupine Drive
Knoxville TN 37924

Phone: 865-428-8744