For enthusiasts of early banjo
I was getting a little bored with my other homemade poplar bridge, so I made a new one. how does it look.
How does it sound?
I think it sounds good, but if the bridge is not slightly angled the 4th and 5th strings rattle.
I make mine with the the slots slightly ramping downwards towards tail piece.
I wondered if that worked, I'll try that on my next bridge. I normally angle the slots towards the tailpiece because the slots are a little larger than the strings.
You may already know but many people may not know this trick ... if you get some welding tip cleaners they are perfect for cutting slots just the right diameter, and, they are round just like the strings! You get a wide assortment of sizes in each set. Each set costs only about 3 to 4 bucks a set. Get some calipers to help you select the appropriate file. So, just for an example, if you measure your first string and it measures 0.028”. Then select a 0.030” or 0.032” file. This will eliminate the string rattling in the slot. Welding supplies are generally sold where ever gases are sold such as CO2 (which restaurants buy). So, very common and easy to find.
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