Listen to Mike Stidd demo Mike's Banjo Mute and hear the difference for yourself!


Easy on and off

No string buzz

Stays in place

Enhanced sustain

Convenient size

Fits most bridges including compensated


Easy To Use - Very Effective

A smart accessory to own, Mike's Banjo Mute reduces volume to make practicing quieter. Parts are cut, polished, and assembled by hand and individually tested to ensure consistent quality.

The force required to attach or remove some mutes can move the bridge.  Instead, Mike's Banjo Mute goes on and off easily.  The hook of soft aluminum holds firmly but gently to the cutouts in the bridge while solid brass rests on top to very effectively mute the banjo to a level that won't disturb others in close proximity.  Fixed nylon screws that won't move or scratch the bridge hold it snugly in place.  Nylon screws are preferred over any other.  Its slight flexing allows the mute to rest to the backside of the bridge to prevent annoying string buzz.  Unlike plastic, it will last a lifetime. Unlike metal, it creates a more pleasing, softer sound and offers an enhanced sustain.

With the mute on, your banjo plays slightly quieter than a guitar at normal volume so it becomes a great play along instrument.  It relieves your spouse of hearing the 300th rendition of Foggy Mountain Breakdown, or the fumbling twangs of a song in early practice.  It's great for close quarter apartment dwellers, midnight and early morning pickers, and those playing away from home in a hotel room or office.

Mike's Banjo Mute completely detaches from the banjo for regular play to avoid any unwanted overtones.

Mike's Banjo Mute has a low 3/8" profile above the bridge, avoiding any interference with proper hand positioning during play.  With its convenient petite size (2 3/4 x 3/4 x 3/4) and protective storage bag, Mike's Banjo Mute fits in any case and easily travels with you wherever you go.

Most orders shipped in one business day.  Money back guarantee.



Hold your banjo as you normally would to play. Hold the mute so the brass plate is face up and the aluminum legs point toward the head of the banjo. From the tailpiece side of the bridge slip the aluminum legs between the strings and through the cutouts of the bridge.  Tighten screws to hold in place.  That's it!

BUZZING PROBLEMS?  The screws may not be tight enough.  Tighten so the screws bend slightly.  This action tilts the brass toward the tailpiece, lifting it off the strings.

CAN I LEAVE THE MUTE ON MY BANJO?  Your Mike's Banjo Mute can remain on the bridge for any length of time.  However, we recommend removing it before storing your banjo in a case, even a soft case, as this could put additional pressure on the banjo head.


Mike's Banjo Mute Placement