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Rick Pickren
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  • River Forest, IL
  • United States
  • about 25 yrs, Minstrel=3 yr
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5/4 hardwood for neck

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Jeter Mar 26, 2012. 3 Replies

A query from the new guy @ MB: I have been looking for a piece of 5/4 maple to make a neck.I found a nice piece of 1x4x4 maple at Menards but would prefer 5/4. None of the chains stock 5/4 and the…Continue

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How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
Terry Bell
How long have you played banjo?
about 25 yrs, Minstrel=3 yr
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Bart Reiter 5 string, Bell Boucher, Bell Gourd, Dorado 5 string

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bridge options

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 10:31am 2 Comments

I thought I'd share the results of my experiments with bridges of different heights, thicknesses and woods on my tack head minstrel.  I made two from aspen and two from cedar. All are horizontal grain.

The original is pine. 2 7/8 L x 9/16 H x 1/4 W x 1/16  - right in picture

The aspen bridges are: 

(1) 2 7/8 L x 5/8 H x 1/8 W x 1/16 -  left in picture

(2) 2 15/16 L x 9/16 H x 3/16 W x 1/16

cedar:  (1) 2 7/8 L x 9/16 H x 5/32 W x…

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