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Bridges  Snuffy Smith Style III Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by Pickin furry paws (see all reviews from this person) on 9/10/2013

Where Purchased: Given by friend

Overall Comments

If you are looking for a bridge to help you attain the old banjo sound or "prewar sound," Snuffy's Style III bridge will help get you there. Placed on a properly set-up banjo, the bridge will deliver strong bass and very clear highs--the clearest so far that I've found on a production bridge for the price. They resist sagging well, are very strong, yet light weight, transmitting sound very quickly and efficiently to the banjo head.

As of now, Mr. Smith has passed, but his product remains a solid standard of his passion for the banjo. Google them, eBay them, HO them, whatever your search preference...but grab them up when you can. 

I give the product a rating of 9 due to imperfections and some lack in product consistency and appearance. The tone, however, is the most important aspect the bridge offers the prospective buyer, and here it most certainly does not disappoint.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by bgdc11 (see all reviews from this person) on 6/24/2011

Where Purchased: Elderly

Overall Comments

I bought the Snuffy III to replace the original factory bridge on my Goodtime. The $25 it cost was well worth the investment. I can't say that the difference is "night and day," but certainly the Snuffy added extra punch and snappiness. I did need to experiment with bridge placement and needed to place the Snuffy about 1/16" from where the original Goodtime bridge sat.

Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by kevin0461 (see all reviews from this person) on 1/21/2009

Where Purchased: First Quality Music

Overall Comments

Awesome craftsmanship, great sound. I installed this bridge to replace the Gibson bridge that came original on my Earl Scruggs Standard. It made a noticeable change in the sound of my banjo. Definitely more crisp and clear. It took a good banjo and made it a great banjo!!! I've tried an Emerson bridge and a Deering bridge... they don't compare with my Snuffy III. If everyone changes to Snuffy Smith after they buy Gibson (from what I've read on BHO), why isn't it standard issue??

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Bohonkie (see all reviews from this person) on 1/20/2008

Where Purchased: Janet Davis Music

Overall Comments

I've tried many different bridges, but this one has the best sound of all. I use them on my 1929 Gibson Granada and on my Recording King - both love this bridge. I use the standard spacing and have messed with 11/16 and other heighths, but tone quality and transmission remain great.

Overall Rating: 10

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