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Bridges  Hatfield Compensated Bridge Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by buckholler (see all reviews from this person) on 1/23/2014

Where Purchased: Hatfield Banjos

Overall Comments

I read many good things about Author Hatfield bridges, so I got one for a new banjo I was having custom made.  The banjo sounded a bit thin on tone and didn't have good bass response, so I figured it was that it was new and needed to settle in.  I've used the bridge for about 1 year and the banjo never came around.  I played with all sorts or set-up stuff to get it to open up.  I recently tried another brand name bridge and it had all that I was looking for.  I kept the Hatfield for another day.  I just recently built a RK36 from parts with a Tenn 20 tone ring, and tried this bridge again.  It sounded better than the last banjo it was on but still seemed to be lacking in the bass, which is what the Tenn 20 rings are known for.  I weighted the bridge and it was 2.1 grams, and everything seem good on the set-up.   I tried another bridge and bang, it has awsome tone.  So it boils down to the bridge.    

So I guess this bridge is just lacking.  Its the only Hatfield bridge I've ever owned.  And I've read many glowing stories about these bridges so take my review with a grain of salt.  

Overall Rating: 8

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