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Snuffy Smith Bridge Banjo Bridges for 5-string banjo
Bridges, prices and sizes available below this information Snuffy Smith Bridges
The Nick Bridge
The Nick Bridge is handmade by a top banjo bridge builder.
I highly recommend them. Ross Nickerson, owner BanjoTeacher.com
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Sosebee 5-String Banjo Bridges
Sosebee Special Submerged Wood Bridges
Made with aged maple & ebony that gives these bridges a deep, warm, well rounded tone. The maple used in this bridge is from excellent Canadian maple.
The tone quality from this bridge is deep and full, yet bright.
The bridge is shaped much like the Snuffy Smith configuration.
Hand-made from centuries-old submerged wood, these bridges are enjoyed by beginners and professionals alike. Made of very old maple that has been submerged for many years, thus improving the acoustic qualities of the wood.
The tonal quality is deep and warm, with plenty of power and clarity.
Gary Sosebee makes these out of the best wood he can find for making a custom banjo bridge.
He tests them and has had other top banjo players test them as well. I have tried them and think they sound great. Ross Nickerson
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Quality Banjo Bridges from BanjoTeacher.com
Here you can choose from 5-string, 4-string, or 6-string banjo bridges. These would be an improvement over most bridges that come standard on banjos. Ross N.
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Scorpion Banjo Bridges by Silvio Ferretti
Notes from Silvio Ferretti on his Scorpion Banjo Bridges
If you are a discriminating player, no matter if you've got a 30 plus years experience on the banjo (like me) or not, you will surely agree about the importance of the bridge in determining the sound, in all of its components: response, volume, tone and so on. details
Grover Banjo bridges at BanjoTeacher. Proven quality at a low price.
GROVER BANJO BRIDGE
5-STRING OR 4-STRING
OR 1/2" Grover Maple,
Fine Quality Since 1922
Bluegrass Banjo Bridges 5/8" High,
3-Legged Maple With Ebony Strip
5'8's size is the most common size and likely what you need but grover is also a source for the shorter 1/2 inch bridge size that some banjos require. These are an excellent low cost alternative to the more expensive premium bridges we carry. I use the Nick Bridge now but these bridges have served banjo players well for many years. If you don't have an expensive banjo this would be the best price on a wood banjo bridge.
Snuffy Smith Bridge Banjo Bridges for 5-string banjo
Bridges, prices and sizes available below this information
This is the type of bridge for banjo I use and what I highly recommend. It made a significant improvement in tone on my banjo when I switched to these banjo bridges, very significant. They make the less expensive student models sound a lot better too.
Adding a better bridge to your banjo makes a lot of sense. It's a small investment with a big return. Your tone will improve dramatically. Why put a cheap 5.00 bridge on a banjo? The bridge is where the tone starts. It's the bridge vibrating on the banjo head the produces the tone that resonates to your banjo pot. There is no sense in cutting corners there.
I guarantee you'll be satisfied with these, if not, return it. (Sorry, I sound like the guy on the Men's Warehouse commercial. It's true though, I guarantee you'll be satisfied or you can return it, no questions asked.. Thanks, Ross Nickerson
.......I put the new Snuffy Smith Bridge on my practice banjo, a new pair of "Nick Picks" on the appointed fingers and WOW ! The improvement in tone and playability was unreal ! Gonna have to get another bridge for my "Big Boy".Thanks, Ken Burton
I just put on my new Snuffy Smith bridge, and I'm not sure if its the increased height, but it sounds like a new banjo! What an improvement! Thanks Ethan
Snuffy Smith Banjo Bridge Customer from Czechoslovakia
Hi Ross, thanks very bridge the banjo arrived and everything is ok, You're a great truth, Snuffy Smith bridge, clean and bright strong tone, thanks to you I have a completely different banjo, Thanks for everything dear friend. Georg
Bridges come in several sizes
Purchase Below Below are the purchase options but before that, here is some information for you on the different sizes available, I've also added Tenor and Plectrum 4 string banjo bridges to what we carry. thanks again, Ross Nickerson
5/8 inch size banjo bridge........This is the most common size and likely what you have unless you or someone else before you switched it out.
.656 bridge for banjo .......This is the next size up, it would be good to get one of these. For instance, if you used a 5/8th bridge and the string action was too low, or if your string action seems to shift and go down too low sometimes causing your strings to buzz, (weather can cause slight neck angle shifts) Then you'll have a backup for that, that is what I do, I keep a higher bridge handy in case I get any string buzzing.
11/16th 5-string banjo bridge.....This is the size that many pros use and what I often use. One of the reason more experienced players use these is because we like the higher action for more volume and also when playing with a band you use a capo a lot. When using a capo, higher action keeps the action feeling normal and without a drop in volume. If you are using a 5/8th bridge now, and you want to switch to 11/16th, your banjo neck will need to be adjusted, so consider that when you make this purchase. Adjusting of the neck should be done by a professional or with great care.
3/4 inch size banjo bridges.......I also use this size, depending on where my string action is.
9/16 and 1/2 inch are the smallest sizes. The 9/16ths is just below the standard 5/8's. This size could also work well as a second bridge in case with weather changes the string action grows and you want a quick remedy for slightly too high of action when using a 5/8th's. The .656 works well in the same regard as a second bridge in case the action temporarily gets too low using a standard 5/8ths bridge with the weather changes if you hear a buzz or rattle.
Crowe Spacing is slightly wider and works well for pickers with longer fingers. It also spreads the strings out slightly on the neck and can be a nice feature for banjo players that wish their neck was wider. Just spreading the strings a bit with the crowe spacing makes a significant difference in feel in that regard and can be a less expensive and more practical solution than ordering a custom wide neck or re cutting the nut.
I hope that wasn't too much information. To be practical and to the pont, if you are just replacing the bridge you have, 5/8ths is the standard size and what most folks use. I also recommend the style II. The Snuffy Smith Style II is a non invasive way which does not affect the tone to compensate for the G, third string from fretting sharp. This is an inherent problem for all 5 string banjos some worse than others but never the less, there have been many approaches for a remedy for this and this is the most practical and best one I've seen. Thanks, Ross Nickerson
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I received my bridge sometime last week. I was exactly what I ordered and arrived here quickly.
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Maybe you always do...but I wanted to thank you for the
fast reply & shipping. And its a great product too.