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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: 4 String Bridges


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Picking Dick - Posted - 04/24/2019:  08:20:55


Are there different width sizes for four string banjo bridges?

Ken LeVan - Posted - 04/24/2019:  08:45:23


Good question! I wonder if there is an equivalent to "Crowe spacing" on 4-string bridges

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 04/24/2019:  09:00:53


All I know is that four string bridges by the large companies like Grover are all the same width, and that width is actully a bit wider spaced than the originals I have and use from the four string banjo's heyday. Personally, I like the narrow spacing. I've tried the current "standard" bridges and have had difficulties with the strings pulling off the edges of the neck.

I suppose that modern tenors and plectrums may have wider necks, and the newer bridges would work well, but with older banjos (particularly my old Slingerland model) they don't always do the job.

Bart Veerman - Posted - 04/24/2019:  09:14:05


Dixieland players prefer 32 mm (between 1st & 4th string), Celtic style players use 36 mm. For the undecided, 34 mm is a safe bet.

The most common bridge heights are 1/2" and 5/8"

Picking Dick - Posted - 04/24/2019:  09:47:53


George, would the wider spacing cause any trouble? How about if the 1 and 4 strings are right even with the bottom sides of the neck?

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 04/24/2019:  10:00:58


quote:

Originally posted by Picking Dick

George, would the wider spacing cause any trouble? How about if the 1 and 4 strings are right even with the bottom sides of the neck?






I've had issues with wider spacing, as I already mentioned. As indicated by Bart Veerman, Dixieland players seem to prefer 32 mm, and that's what I use. Of course, others may prefer something else. 



What I am saying is that the current factory-made bridges aren't using what to me is a usable spacing;. It's too wide, and seems to be the only width available  from them.



I don't know exactly what you mean by "right even with the bottom of the neck," so I can't answer that question. 

Stringbean45 - Posted - 04/24/2019:  10:09:12


Hi, I can make you a Tenor Bridge with any string spacing you prefer, and have recently been working with a banohangout member testing Tenor Bridges for me to try and find the best wood types and have come up with some really nice Tenor Bridges.

G Edward Porgie - Posted - 04/24/2019:  12:27:44


quote:

Originally posted by Stringbean45

Hi, I can make you a Tenor Bridge with any string spacing you prefer, and have recently been working with a banohangout member testing Tenor Bridges for me to try and find the best wood types and have come up with some really nice Tenor Bridges.






That's good to know. Right now I don't really need a 4-string bridge, though. I'll keep your information handy in case my current bridges start having issues, but then again, I might just make one myself.

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