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IMG_1709 spillway bridges

decided to make some spillway bridges. I had seen these on the internet, new i wanted a variety but couldn't spend that much, so from eyeballing photos i came up with a nice set. plain cuban mahogany, plain brazilian rosewood, maple and cocoblo, maple and mahogany. i have noticed the harshness from the banjo is removed, and she he strings are more balanced. nice

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Comment by Strumelia on May 19, 2017 at 7:10pm

Those are beautiful!
Try making one entirely out of softwood like cedar or pine, and see how it effects the tone in comparison.  You may have to make it a bit thicker.  Many of us with minstrel banjos and gut or nylon strings use softwood bridges, which seem to conduct the vibrations somehow increasing resonance (imho).  Personally, I use hardwood bridges more on my high-tuned steel string oldtime banjos.

Comment by rachel woodruff on May 20, 2017 at 8:52am
hey thanks for that advice! i'm planing on a gourd banjo soon. i have all the parts, but still doing some research on design. the right bridge is essential. soft wood? never even thought....


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