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Bridges

Posted by monchan on Friday, February 6, 2015

 Banjo is played then it give us sounds of something.
My banjo is an entry model of MB-250 of Epiphone. And I hear sounds of other banjos. There are banjos which give us better sounds.
So I thought I wanted to make better sounds from my entry model banjo. I did some set-ups. 
   *rod adjust(1st, 2nd),
   *tension(head, tail-peace) adjust
   *change a head
changed but it's not drastic. still not satisfied.

 One day I intended to make a bridge incidentally. 1st one was made
from Padok/Cypress. 2nd one was Zelkova/Cypress. 3rd, 4th,
I made many bridges.
 Top material: Padok, Ebony, Zelkova, Rosewood, Bubink, Ironwood, Quince, Cherry,Fagaceae, Walnut
  Base material: Cypress, Paulownia, Pine, Maple, Cherry
Each wood gave me each tone. It was very interesting. Then I've made
bridges.

 Recently I met a good cobination of material.
  Ebony/Maple
  Ironwood/Cherry
Especially Ironwood/Cherry is the best for now. And Cherry appearance have
a unique grain.  In addition, it is fun even if it watches it.
And it give me a full tone sounds. It's mean that my entry model banjo have been upgraded.
Then I'm satisfied.



4 comments on “Bridges”

MrManners Says:
Friday, February 6, 2015 @7:17:57 PM

''way to go''monchan

JanetB Says:
Sunday, September 25, 2016 @8:03:07 AM

It's interesting how we banjo players can tinker with our instruments and make the tone more pleasing to our ears. Somewhere there's the ideal tone we seek!

billyboms Says:
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @6:30:20 AM

So where can I hear the sound of your improved banjo?
In one video on YouTube I saw how a person changed three bridges of different weights on one banjo and showed a difference in sound. I liked the lightest weight bridge 2 with a little gram.
I also try to improve the sound and quality of my banjo. Replaced the top bridge on the copper and the pins of the fifth string on the metal screw, as these parts were made of soft plastic. The sound of the fifth string became brighter and the ball was longer.

billyboms Says:
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @6:38:38 AM

In my country, very little is sold a banjos and parts for it can only be ordered. Will you tell me where I can find a place with a greater choice of bridges or order it?

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