A Bluegrass musician recommended this type of bridge and after installing it, I hear why. Great product!
I have tried about every bridge (Moon, Snuffy, Sosebee, etc.) known to man on my Mastertone and would guess I have spent several hundred dollars on them to discover that an inexpensive compensating bridge from StewMac gives me the tone I am looking for. Thanks guys, sometimes you get more than you pay for.
I have used compensated bridges before but I do not believe all banjos need them. If it is possible to use a straight bridge I do. But one banjo I built just would not hold tune up the neck so I tried this bridge. Now the intonation is nearly perfect. I will keep this bridge in mind in the future if I encounter the same situation again but I will not put one on all my banjos.
You can buy these anywhere but I prefer to buy from Stew Mac if they have what I am looking for. Not a perfect solution to intonation but comes close. Thanks guys!
OK. I'm guilty. I've never given any thought to a banjo bridge. Set them up, adjust position for a semblance of intonation and move on to the next job.
I had to replace a tailpiece on a banjo and the bridge needed replacing also. Replacement parts were left to my discretion. Just to try something different I ordered the compensated bridge. I was quite surprised at the result. First, the fit was perfect. That was all too easy. When I brought it to tune I was quite pleased. It lent a "melodic quality" to the instrument that I never associated with a banjo. Hey! I'm a guitar player! So what do I know? Well, I know that with this bridge the banjo has gained a whole new level of respect in my ears.
I was reluctant to try this bridge for a long time, I'm glad I did. I will be using this type of bridge from now on.
Does keep intonation while playing up the neck.
A must for proper intonation.
I have these on all my banjos. Frankly, I don't get how anyone plays bluegrass with a straight bridge.
So i was having one heck of a time with playing up the neck and capo tuning staying where it belonged. I bought this and I have had not a problem since. Also I have Schaller D tuners on my banjo and I use them A LOT. With this bridge the string hold a lot tighter. But I did have to put a tiny bit of graphite in the string slots, but no big deal.
I had to shave down the height a little so the action wasn't too high - but then had an immediate improvement when using a capo.
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