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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Snuffy Smith "New Generation" Banjo Bridges
are now availble in the UK at Wadwards Music!

Snuffy Smith New Generation Banjo Bridges The legendary Snuffy Smith banjo bridges are back and available in the UK at Wadwards Music.

It is now with great excitement that we are able to supply the Snuffy Smith "New Generation" banjo bridges here at Wadwards Music!
We will very soon have the full range in stock
including J.D.Crowe spacing and Tenor banjo bridges.

Select you preferred banjo Bridge height below.





Snuffy Smith Compensated Maple/Ebony Five String Banjo Bridge Snuffy Smith Compensated Maple/Ebony Five String Banjo Bridge with weight detail
Superbly hand crafted by Mike Smith. Each bridge is weighed and the weight is written on the under side of the bridge.

The Snuffy Smith Compensated Maple/Ebony Five String Banjo Bridge differs from the norm in the following two ways.

  • Firstly the ebony top is notched at the 3rd (G) string to accommodate better better intonation of that particular string.
  • Secondly it is "Cantered" or sanded in such a way that that the feet of the bridge are ever so slightly nearer the centre of the banjo head or the "sweet spot" as it's known with out shortening the banjos scale length and in turn copromising intonation.
    This gives the bridge the appearance of it "leaning back" when it is in fact designed in such a way. The "New Generation" bridges feature the classic Snuffy Smith design and materials such as the standard hard rock maple frame and Ebony top.

    The ebony top is slightly chamfered on the treble side so as to eliminate the discomfort that occurs on non chamfered bridges when contact is made with the little finger of the picking hand.

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I am the third of seven brothers and had a typical Northern upbringing in the town of Ossett, on the outskirts of Wakefield. Some time around 1974 an Uncle gave my brothers and I a four-foot high stack of 45’s dating from the late Fifties up to the early Seventies. These consisted of songs from the Small Faces, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, The Rolling Stones, Elvis and Buddy Holly, but mainly the Beatles. Each of the above were played to eventual destruction, but were en-grained on our minds in the process. By the time I was fifteen, I was totally absorbed in the music of the Beatles, the Jam, the Clash and the Who amongst others. Finally, I decided it was not enough to just listen. When my elder brother was out, I would steal his bass guitar and learn every bass line I heard. I soon switched to lead guitar and my growing interest led to my becoming friends with the local music shop owner who was to steer me toward Country, American Folk and Bluegrass. I then began to listen to as much of the above as possible. Within five years, I had learned to play Guitar, five-string Banjo, Dobro and pedal steel to a good standard. Word of my abilities was to spread fast and in 1988 I was asked to join award winning Country outfit the Stu Page band. This was to be the start of a musical career as a busy live and session player that lasted over ten years and was to take me to just about every town and city in the UK as well as tours in Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and Israel. During this time I worked with the Cream of the UK’s country acts and several US performers such as Kinky Friedman, Linda Cassidy (with British Country music Veterans “West Virginia”) and supported the likes of Jim Glaser, Dan Seals, Billy Joe Spears, and Joe Ely. My crowning moments to date though were supporting Albert lee, Bill Keith, (who signed my banjo head!) and the legendary Charlie Louvin. In 1998 after a four-year stint as 5 string banjo player for the infamous Hillbilly cabaret band “Muldoon brothers” I became a liitle bit disillusioned, sold my pedal steel and Banjo and decided it was time to get a “proper” job and spend more time with my then wife and new baby. In the years from 1998 - 2003, I did just about every dead-end job imaginable from warehouse skivy to truck driver, culminating with an eight-month stint re-lining the sewers of Dublin city, in preparation for the Luas tram project, character building if nothing else! The latter was made more bearable with the aid of several nightly pints of Guinness and the picking sessions in and around the fair city where upon my interest in banjo at least was rekindled upon hearing some of the many fine tenor banjo pickers in Dublin. In 2002 I was commissioned an honorary Kentucky colonel. This came about as the result of a chance meeting whilst performing in Dublin in 2001 with the secretary to the governor of the state of Kentucky, Diana Stevie. She was so impressed with my knowledge of the “Bluegrass State” and its music, she recommended me for the award on the grounds that I was a “good ambassador for the state”. The governor heard the story was genuinely amazed to hear that mild mannered Yorkshire-man should know so much about a place he had never even seen. I share the honour with the likes of Tiger Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Yoakham, and the greatest himself Mohammed Ali. The award is endorsed by Paul E Patton (governor of Kentucky) and John G Brown III (secretary of state for Kentucky). The down side to all this being, should the Confederate army rise again, I would find myself being called up to do my duty! A full time musician again since 2003, I now front Bluegrass & Country band “the Howard Brothers” and top Scooter scene band “the Snapp”. In 2004 I invested in a new pedal steel and although I hadn’t played for nine years I soon started to pick up work as a steel guitarist. My very first comeback session was at the Oasis recording studio in Kings Lynn, where upon I played Steel & Dobro on top UK Country artist Gerry Ford’s album “One more time”. This album went on to win album and single of the year at the 2005 British country music awards. Un-be known to me the organisers of the Irish Steel Guitar festival (currently the biggest of it’s kind in Europe) got wind of my playing and were suitably impressed with my abilities. Much to my surprise I was invited to play at the 2005 Irish Steel Guitar festival held the Europa Hotel, Drogheda where upon I performed a well received set on Pedal Steel and Dobro. Now back up to speed I have been in regular demand as a multi-instrumental session & live player at recording studios and live venues throughout the UK. I also run a busy Bluegrass/Roots session on the first Thursday of every month at the Brewers pride in Ossett, West Yorkshire where I hold down the Mandolin and Dobro slots, I Leave the Banjo playing to my star pupil, Danny Millican (all are welcome).

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