Smakula Fretted Instruments

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PO Box 882
Elkins, West Virginia 26241



We invite you to view a 3 minute slide show and interview featuring Smakula Fretted Instruments, part of the West Virginia Uncovered series produced by the West Virginia University School of Journalism:



“Bob Smakula is a dangerous man. For one thing, if you have an appreciation for fine stringed instruments, especially banjos, you can easily run through your inheritance by browsing on his website. For another thing, he is honest, in all senses. His prices are fair, and he will always tell you what he really thinks, no more and no less. Bob is both a supremely skilled craftsman and a fine musician. Instruments that come out of his shop are right; you can set your clock by them. And even after decades at this work, he can still get genuinely excited over an unusual instrument or a smart turn of workmanship. He will talk at length about the fine points. I was lucky to run into him early on in my banjo-playing, and collecting, career, and his taste and judgment have been the best guides I could possibly have found. Happy anniversary, SFI, and many more.” – Author Tom Piazza, on the 25th anniversary of Smakula Fretted Instruments

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Smakula Fretted Instruments offers an amazing collection of vintage instruments, and is a dealer for:

Enoch Tradesman and Enoch Dobson Banjos

Breedlove Mandolins

Gold Tone Banjos

Recording King Guitars and Banjos

Expert Repairs of Banjos, Mandolins, Guitars, and Fiddles

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