Snuffy Smith Banjo Bridge for 5-String Banjo

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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.

Style IThese are the original Snuffy Smith Style 1 design without the compensated G notch

5/8th size,
(.656) size,
11/16th size,
3/4 size,
1/2 size,

9/16 size

Style IISlightly compensated 3rd string to correct normal 3rd string intonation problems 5/8th size,
(.656) size,
11/16th size,
3/4 size
1/2 size,
9/16 size
Style III or Crowe spaced
Strings further apart to make it easier to play banjo Wider bridge spacing for banjo players with bigger fingers or pickers that prefer the wider spacing
5/8 size,
(.656) size,
11/16 size,
3/4 size
RadiusedRadiused Banjo bridge for banjos with a radius neck/fingerboard.656 size  Style I,
5/8 size Style II,
11/16 size Style II,
(.656) size Style II
6- string click here for 6-string5/8th and 1/2 size
4-stringclick here for 4-string Tenor and Plectrum5/8th, 9/16th and 1/2 size 

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$29.69

  • Style II - 5/8th size
  • Style II - 21/32 (.656) size
  • Style II - 11/16th size
  • Style II - 3/4 size
  • Style I Snuffy - 5/8th size
  • Style I - 21/32 (.656) size
  • Style I - 11/16th size
  • Style I - 3/4 size
  • Crowe Spacing Style III - 5/8 size
  • Crowe Spacing Style III - 21/32 size
  • Crowe Spacing Style III - 11/16 size
  • Crowe Spacing Style III - 3/4
  • Style I - Six string - 5/8
  • Shorter than standard 5-string - 1/2 size - Style I
  • Shorter than standard 5-string - 9/16 - Style I
  • Shorter than standard 5-string -1/2 - Style II
  • Shorter than standard 5-string - 9/16 - Style II
  • Radiused 5/8 size - Style II
  • Radiused .656 size - Style II
  • Radiused 11/16 size - Style II
  • Radiused .656 size - Style I

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Snuffy Smith Banjo Bridges are available again! Sadly Snuffy Smith passed away in April of 2012 and we thought we lost his bridges forever. To the rescue, well known banjo bridge builder Mike Smith has purchased the line from Snuffy's widow and is producing them in the same way. He bought loads of the wood that Snuffy had stored up and has access to all the same supplies and design now. I've always liked these bridges and have had so many requests by banjo players hoping that I had some left and much to my happiness I can offer them again. One of the features that I liked about the Snuffy Smith bridges was the compensated G bridge that Snuffy came up with and I am carrying that one as well. The G string on a banjo is inherently sharp and this slight notch on the third string sets the 3rd string back on the bridge ever so slightly without affecting the tone in anyway. This is a fantastic innovation and great way to compensate without losing anything in performance. Thanks, Ross Nickerson

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Snuffy Smith Banjo Bridge for 5-String Banjo

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.

Style IThese are the original Snuffy Smith Style 1 design without the compensated G notch

5/8th size,
(.656) size,
11/16th size,
3/4 size,
1/2 size,

9/16 size

Style IISlightly compensated 3rd string to correct normal 3rd string intonation problems 5/8th size,
(.656) size,
11/16th size,
3/4 size
1/2 size,
9/16 size
Style III or Crowe spaced
Strings further apart to make it easier to play banjo Wider bridge spacing for banjo players with bigger fingers or pickers that prefer the wider spacing
5/8 size,
(.656) size,
11/16 size,
3/4 size
RadiusedRadiused Banjo bridge for banjos with a radius neck/fingerboard.656 size  Style I,
5/8 size Style II,
11/16 size Style II,
(.656) size Style II
6- string click here for 6-string5/8th and 1/2 size
4-stringclick here for 4-string Tenor and Plectrum5/8th, 9/16th and 1/2 size 

Please choose from the drop down list below

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Reviews(10)
07/01/2016

A Bridge to far ?

Just a short note to say that I received the Snuffy Smith banjo bridge today and I couldn"t be more pleased ! To say that all bridges are more or less the same is now glaringly inaccurate to say the least, and looks can be very deceiving. There is no comparison between mass production factory items and with that of a hand crafted bridge made of quality materials. I now realize it is an art unto itself, like fine watch making or Bar-B-Queing a rib steak. Why this is not common knowledge needs to be addressed. The improvement of tone, stability, and timber are only surpassed by the compensated G-string notching which is another simple technology I dearly wish I had discovered much sooner . The fact that it arrived hours before the Postal strike here , tells me there is no looking back. Yeehaw !!
Thanx so much for your guidance in selecting the right bridge for my rig, you nailed it ! I had no idea I could impact my instrument in such a drastically positive manner with such a simple, easy thingamajiggin".!

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01/07/2016

Added a Snuffy Smith Bridge to Recording King R 35

Hi Ross, I have to say the bridge and my rk-35 are a very good match. It brought up the volume, but most of all it give it a really nice sound, even the guys in the band noticed. Thank you very kindly Sir for your help!

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12/12/2015

Snuffy Smith Style I - Six string banjo bridge - 5/8

After purchasing a six string banjo on-line, I tried unsuccessfully to set the bridge and begin playing my first "banjo" (I do play the guitar).
It was impossible to even keep the strings in the slots on the bridge, must less try and tune it.
After doing a lot on internet research about tuning, I came across the BanjoTeacher website and came to the conclusion that if I had a good bridge, that I might be able to play this "banjo".
I bought one, received it an put it on and within minutes, I could actually play! Thank you so much,

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08/11/2015

This bridge is worth the investment

The Snuffy Smith bridge indeed improved the quality of the banjo's sound. However finding the audio sweet spot on the banjo head still remains an exercise.

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08/10/2015

G'day every body and greetings from Australia.

Just a quick note to say my order arrived today, Friday 24/07/15 and I am very pleased with it, as is my Deering Goodtime, my banjo has never sounded better and will remember you when I need something else so keep up the good work.

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08/05/2015

I switched bridges and WOW

I cannot believe that just a bridge makes that much difference in the sound of a banjo. I did a setup with the original bridge and still wasn't satisfied with the sound. I switched bridges and WOW.

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08/05/2015

Snuffy Banjo Bridge Customer from Montreal, Canada

Hi folks, I received my order from you last week. All is in good order, thanks again for the usual great service. By the way, the snuffy smith bridge is everything that you said it would be on your site, a marked improvement in every way. I am also really enjoying the cd's. thanks again,

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08/05/2015

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.

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08/05/2015

Thanks for the great servic

My Snuffy Smith style banjo bridge arrived Saturday the 31st. I used it to replace the original bridge that came with my Johnson JB-110, as the sound was getting "muddy". The new bridge really brightened up and improved the sound of my banjo! Thanks for the great service. I also really like your website. Till next time

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08/05/2015

make sure I had the best bridge for my banjo

Greetings .. I am very impressed with how quickly you have items in the mail. I also appreciate the courteous service from both you and Ross. I know this is a small order, but Ross took time personally to answer all my questions and make sure I had the best bridge for my banjo. Thanks again,

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