Posted by Timeliner on Saturday, May 24, 2008
After seeing all the offerings available from the Golden Eared Profits
I thought, "why not just make my own Banjo Bridge and see how it turns out "?
I selected a piece of 100+ year old Maple that I had and with a hand plain brought it down to about the right size. Next I cut out the rough shape with a jewelers saw and finished the form with jeweler’s burrs and sand paper.
I cut out and shaped the Purple Heart top and fashioned the top and bottom to fit. It’s a bit wider at the bottom and the top then most bridges and is a little longer as well. There about 7 growth rings in the Maple and they are parallel. I didn’t want to glue them so I made small threaded ( 1.20 mm / 25 thread) rods of Silver Bronze to join the top and bottom together.
After filing and polishing the string slots. I gave it a try. It works pretty well with a deep base, soft highs and a smooth mid range. There is a picture of it in my photos called Sleigh Ride Bridge
I made and different one this week with a more conventional shape and used a section of Maple with a tighter set of growth rings. 9 of them to be exact. The base of this bridge is narrow compared to most bridges. It’s about as low as I could get it without having any string buzz. I made Sterling Silver threaded rods to join the Purple Heart top.
This bridge rings like a bell.
The process of making these is a lot of fun and I’ll be making some more I’m sure.
Be the first to comment
on “Bridges to Cross”
You must sign into your myHangout account before you can post comments.