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Having fretwork done to my Hatfield /Sampson bridges

Posted by BanjerJeff on Thursday, April 1, 2010

I finally dropped off my Buckcreek to have the frets gone over. I think number 2 will need replaced and 6 more recrowned been a week almost. Ive been playing this Morgan Monroe rockytop archtop. Not a bad banjo really at all. Im gonn swap some bridges change heads and see what happens. I like my banjo with a growly bottom end. I would highly recommend the MM for anyone you get a heck of a lot of banjo for 600 bucks. On a side note Sampson bridges have to be the finest quality bridges Ive ever seen. Great craftmanship. I just wish I had a pile of them to try out to see what suits me. Only have the one and bridges cost $$$



3 comments on “Having fretwork done to my Hatfield /Sampson bridges”

WesBrown Says:
Friday, April 2, 2010 @7:15:18 AM

Unless you just like to look at crafty bridges, you might want to look up Roger Seckler on the hangout. He sells a variety of bridges at very reasonable prices: maple, mahogany, walnut, butternut, locust, cherry, etc. You can try a bunch of different woods to see which sounds best on your banjo, all for same or less than one Sampson bridge. They are not museum quality finish, but I can sand them to my heart's content. They all sounded great to me.

BanjerJeff Says:
Friday, April 2, 2010 @7:59:07 AM

I'll check'm out...I was commenting on craftsmanship....very nicely finished.

WesBrown Says:
Friday, April 2, 2010 @8:17:52 AM

Thanks Jeff, I was being a little cutesy. People who hunt for months to find a 1920's armrest screw to make a banjo "original" just tickle me. I like reasonable good looks, but for me it's the SOUND of the thing. I like to play it, not look at it. I purchased 8 or 9 of Roger's bridges after reading about him on BHO, in a variety of woods. Roger cut slots for me using Crowe spacing, and he incorporated "B" and "G" string compensation (ala Arthur Hatfield) at my request. I found the variety of woods give some nice variations in response. Roger even gives a discount for BHO members.
Wes

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