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Sagging Bridge

Posted by KenBirmingham on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I have just noticed that the bridge on my Cort 35cb banjo is sagging in the middle. Could the reason be that the head is`nt tight enough ? I have a 11" Remo head fitted with the name at the top, can I fit this head with the name in any position? I have ordered a Grover 5/8" bridge and a Stewart-Macdonald Compensated bridge to try, but if the problem is the head I want to make sure I`ve got that right first.

I just want to say a big thank you to all who have posted comment to my earlier questions I really appreciate it your help has been invaluable, THANKS AGAIN.

3 comments on “Sagging Bridge”

tgaryc Says:
Thursday, February 7, 2013 @7:27:23 AM

look on youtube for adjusting a banjo head. Most people set there head somewhere around a G note, and there are different ways to adjust the head using a straight edge and a quarter, I use a drum guage and set the head around 90. I only use 3 footed bridges. The name on the head is just a name it can go anywhere, somepeople put it at the top and some put it under the tailpiece, it doesn't matter where it is at.GC

KenBirmingham Says:
Thursday, February 7, 2013 @8:47:34 AM

Thanks tgaryc, I have a 3 legged bridge now that has sagged in the middle, could the head not being tight enough cause that.

Donald Pettis Says:
Thursday, February 7, 2013 @11:34:48 AM

Some bridges just bow like that, there's not much you can do about it really. I have had a couple of the Sullivan Factory floor bridges sag, just like you are talking about, on a very tight head. The one bridge that has never sagged on me is the kat eyez bridge. The shape is such that it just won't sag, give it a try, very good bridge. I like the ones made from the spice factory wood.

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