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 Has anyone here used a 11/16" bridge on a Deering Sierra

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GuyPlayers Union Member

United Kingdom
1482 posts
since 3/9/06

08/12/2017 12:38:15 View Guy's MP3 Archive View Guy's Photo Albums View Guy's Blog Reply with Quote

Hi Folks

I'm wanting to put an 11/16" bridge on a Deering Sierra, the current one is 5/8". Has anyone here had any experience in using / setting one up and do you think it's a good / bad idea.

I'd be very grateful for your comments.

Guy

rickhayesPlayers Union Member

United States
1687 posts since 1/21/03

08/12/2017 13:41:32View rickhayes's MP3 Archive Reply with Quote

That is what I have on mine and I like it just fine. Comfortable action and sounds good. 


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GuyPlayers Union Member

United Kingdom
1482 posts since 3/9/06

08/12/2017 13:53:01View Guy's MP3 Archive View Guy's Photo Albums View Guy's Blog Reply with Quote

Many thanks Rick. Did you have any problems setting the action with the extra height bridge or did it come like that?

Best regards

Guy

 

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Beardog

United States
1537 posts since 8/20/08

08/12/2017 14:33:19View Beardog's MP3 Archive View Beardog's Classified Ads View Beardog's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

In my mind, the only reason for going from a 5/8 to an 11/16 bridge, assuming you have no buzzing or other problems with the 5/8, is so that you WILL HAVE a slightly higher action. This often allows for more volume, better, snappier pull-offs, etc.

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rickhayesPlayers Union Member

United States
1687 posts since 1/21/03

08/12/2017 18:01:57View rickhayes's MP3 Archive Reply with Quote

No problems Guy. I tried it based on some setup suggestions from someone; I just put it on and it felt fine. 


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Bart Veerman

Canada
3994 posts since 1/5/05

08/12/2017 18:05:50View Bart Veerman's MP3 Archive View Bart Veerman's Photo Albums View Bart Veerman's Blog Reply with Quote

Slip a popsicle stick, they're 1/16" thick, under your current bridge so your new height becomes 11/16"  and see if your fingers like it. Keep in mind that taller than 5/8" could cause finger and/or hand discomfort for some, but definitely not all, folks.


Edited by - Bart Veerman on 08/12/2017 18:06:57

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GuyPlayers Union Member

United Kingdom
1482 posts since 3/9/06

08/14/2017 14:39:44View Guy's MP3 Archive View Guy's Photo Albums View Guy's Blog Reply with Quote

Thanks again for all your help guys.

I play a Nechville with a 3/4" bridge and love it. One of my students wants to try raising his bridge height and I'd also like to put a compensated bridge on for him. I have a bridge which will be ideal, I think we'll just have to give it a go and see how it works out. We can always change it back if not :-)

Thanks again

Guy

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dupreejan

United States
371 posts since 6/3/13

08/14/2017 17:54:15 Reply with Quote

Yeah, it changes the angle of your hand. Especially if you are somebody who just has to keep 2 fingers planted on the head "like Earl did". But if you like playing with no fingers planted, or occasionally just 1, it should'nt be a problem.

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GuyPlayers Union Member

United Kingdom
1482 posts since 3/9/06

08/16/2017 03:57:43View Guy's MP3 Archive View Guy's Photo Albums View Guy's Blog Reply with Quote

Hi Dupreejan

I'm glad you mentioned that. I've only ever been able to plant my pinky. However, my pinky is very short and of late I have stopped planting altogether. I find it helps my playing to have that freedom of movement and it gives my banjo a more open sound. It also means I can experiment with playing on the lower strings of the banjo. I'm sure I would have made the decision years ago if it hadn't been for the all pervasive view that you "have" to plant.

I guess that's a discussion for another thread cheeky

Guy

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