Snuffy Smith Bridge for 5-String

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Snuffy Smith Banjo Bridges

I highly recommend the Snuffy Smith Banjo Bridges. It made a significant improvement in tone on my banjo when I switched to these banjo bridges. A high quality maple banjo bridge will even make a less expensive student model banjo sound a lot better too. Adding or upgrading to a better banjo bridge on any banjo makes a lot of sense. It's a small investment with a big return. Your tone will improve dramatically. Why use a common stock bridge on your banjo? The bridge is where the tone starts. The bridge vibrating on the banjo head produces the tone that resonates to your banjo pot. That's why the bridge is so critical in the production of sound. There is no sense in cutting corners here. Why not see how good your present banjo can sound with a better bridge before making more expensive changes or even buying a new banjo.

One of the features that I liked about the Snuffy Smith bridges was the compensated G bridge, Style 2, that Snuffy came up with. The G string on a banjo is inherently sharp. It's a known fact that banjo players and designers have been trying to compensate for this inherent problem for many years. This slight notch on the third string sets the 3rd string back on the bridge ever so slightly without affecting the tone in anyway. Other attempts at compensating banjo bridges can kill the tone or make the bridge look warped. This is a fantastic innovation that is all you need to compensate the 3rd string without losing anything in performance or appearance.

These Bridges are money back guaranteed. If it does not fit or make your banjo sound better. You can return for a full refund.

Different Sizes

Another great feature of the Snuffy Smith Bridge is the availability and versatility of having so many size options to choose from. I carry different sizes in my case for changes in my string action caused by normal fluctuating temperatures and humidity changes. I don't like having to bring my banjo in for set up every time my action gets too low or too high. When I'm playing a banjo with a Standard 5/8 bridge I have a 9/16 which is slightly lower and the 21/32 which is slightly higher on hand. It sure beats twisting the coordinator rods or making truss rod adjustments. I don't find that the small variation in bridge sizes affects my picking or feel and it is a much better alternative to buzzing strings with the action being too low or higher action than I am used to.

Swapping out a bridge is easy. I have a video below. I'm sorry that my voice is not louder on the video (I play a lot louder than I talk) This video from 2007 could be better quality but it shows you how easy it is to change the bridge and gives you a sound comparison. I compare a Goldstar GF 85 with it's stock bridge and then with the Snuffy Smith Bridge.

Which Bridge or Bridge Size to choose

5-string Banjo Bridges

We have 5-string banjo bridges to choose from in three styles below to purchase and many different sizes. We also have links to 4-string and 6-string banjo bridges as well as radiused banjo bridges for banjos with a radius fretboard.

Here are descriptions
Note: 5/8 is standard size and is the size most banjos come with, with few exceptions.

We carry these sizes
5/8th STANDARD Size and going up in order 21/32  11/16  and 3/4 Sizes
Also 9/16 which is slightly lower than standard 5/8 and the shortest 1/2 size,

These are the Different Snuffy Smith Styles
Style I

These are the original Snuffy Smith Style 1 design with NO compensated G notch.
Style II
Slightly compensated 3rd string to correct normal 3rd string intonation problems.
"Crowe" spaced
Wider bridge spacing for banjo players with bigger fingers or pickers that prefer the wider spacing.
Crowe or wider spacing banjo bridges

Radius Banjo Bridges
We have radius banjo bridge options below for banjos with radiused or arched fretboards and more radius options at this link.
Banjo Bridges for Banjos with a radius neck/fingerboard

4-String and 6-String Banjo Bridges
Our 4-string tenor and plectrum and 6-string banjo-guitar banjo bridges are located on other pages
4-string Tenor and Plectrum Banjo Bridges
6-string Banjo Bridges

The default option below is the standard size 5/8 Style ll
5/8 is the standard size the majority of banjos use

Bridges are money back guaranteed.
If it does not fit or make your banjo sound better. You can return for a full refund.

To Purchase Select a Size and Click "Add to Cart"
To Purchase Two Select a Second Time and Click "Add to Cart" Again

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Choose your option below and click "Add to Cart" / To add more items, select the next Item and click "Add to Cart" again
  • Style II - 5/8
  • Style II - 21/32 (.656)
  • Style II - 11/16
  • Style II - 3/4
  • Style I - 5/8
  • Style I - 21/32 (.656)
  • Style I - 11/16
  • Style I - 3/4
  • Crowe Spacing - 5/8
  • Crowe Spacing - 21/32
  • Crowe Spacing - 11/16
  • Crowe Spacing - 3/4
  • Style I - Six string - 5/8
  • Style I - Shorter - 1/2
  • Style 1 - Shorter - 9/16
  • Style II - Shorter -1/2
  • Style II - Shorter - 9/16
  • Style II Radiused - 5/8
  • Style II Radiused - .656
  • Style II Radiused - 11/16
  • Style I - Radiused - .656

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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.

Ross Nickerson Demo Video

Replace a Snuffy Smith Banjo Bridge Flash Video

Jul 1, 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".!

Jan 7, 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!

Dec 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,

Aug 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.

Aug 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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