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Bridges  Sullivan Roasted Maple Bridge (11/16) Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by jeremy blankenship (see all reviews from this person) on 9/3/2015

Where Purchased: First quality music

Overall Comments

Purchased this roasted maple 11/16 Crowe spaced bridge mainly because of the price. Figured was worth a shot. Overall I am pleased. The tonal qualities are well balanced an clear. Not a major improvement over the other bridge I had installed, but has a much cleaner tone. Well worth the money. Would've given it a 9 out of 10 except the ebony has a slight chip out of it on treble end. No effect on function but none the less a QC issue in my mind. 

Overall Rating: 8

Submitted by Pickin furry paws (see all reviews from this person) on 7/11/2015

Where Purchased: First Quality Music Supply

Overall Comments

One of the best bridges on the market today (2015) for 5-string Bluegrass banjo. The main difference it has from other bridges the way it produces tone, which I've found to feel louder (though my gauge told me no volume gain compared to a kiln dried maple) and be both drier and sustain more. This is helpful for the player wanting to hear their banjo more during a jam session, or helps solve that pesky problem with a banjo that projects well but prevents the player hearing what is being played. Also, the bridge produces a much clearer tone than a regular kiln-dried maple; very full, but less "woody" than other kinds of bridges. Bass is keener, not as fat, but not bright. The biggest difference was the treble: much stronger, clearer, and bell-like. The entire spectrum of tone is drier than kiln wood yet more sustaining.

The wood is somewhat lighter weight to kiln dried wood (my sample was 2.28 g). Thus the bridge may require a slight set-up adjustment since there is a smidge of bass "loss." I lowered my head tension from G#+ to G#, which improved the bass response and retained treble clarity. Remember that with any bridge, set-up factors in, and the head tension may need to be raised or in this case slightly lowered for optimum performance--don't judge a bridge by the sound, try different set-ups! The test banjo was mahogany with gold plating, old wood rim. Old wood tends to be deeper in tone than newer wood, so results may vary depending on your rim of choice.

Highly recommended, if you want a clearer cleaner tone, this bridge is the one for you. Also, has a more metallic ring to it which I particularly like; woody bridges lack bite and sizzle, this just rings and rings. Probably my favorite bridge for Bluegrass music.

Overall Rating: 9

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