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Bridges  Kateyz Pegged head Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by firemx220 (see all reviews from this person) on 3/27/2015

Where Purchased: Kat Eyz web site

Overall Comments

         I love playing with different setups to see if I can make my banjo sound even better. After trying several top name bridges I always went back to my favorite bridge. (Snuffy Smith new gen) Which was made by Mike. I emailed Mike and asked if there was much of a difference in tone between the Snuffy and the Kat Eyz peg head. In the email it also said how much I loved the Snuffy bridge. Mike suggested to make me a Kat Eyz peg head bridge out of the Snuffy wood source to the same specs of my favorite Snuffy bridge. That sounded great to me. This would be a way to tell if the peg head really made a difference.

        The first couple of minutes playing the sound was pretty close to the Snuffy. Then out of no where the banjo opened up!!!!! It became a lot more responsive! I didn't have to put as much effort into slides, pull offs,and hammer on. It also added a bit more growl and now I could really feel the sound through the resonator! I'm not sure if it was all the peg head or the shape of the Kat Eyz bridge that did it. Either way don't wait order one!!!!


Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Ragtimejoe (see all reviews from this person) on 2/26/2015

Where Purchased: direct

Overall Comments

I got his Prowler bridge, made from submurged wood with the pegged top. I'm using it on a 12" Ramsey open back with a rolled brass tone ring and a John Balch skin head. The bridge I was using was making the banjo sound muddy with no note separation.

The Prowler bridge made the banjo brighter, louder and gave it better note separation, all the things I was hoping for.

I told Mike what I wanted and he hit a home run.

The bridge wasn't cheap ($38), but most any good bridge is $25+ these days. And how often do you change a bridge.

I'm a big fan of these Prowler bridges made by Mike Smith.

BTW, Mike also makes Katzeye bridges and the new Snuffy Smith bridges so I'd say he knows what he's doing.

My 2 cents worth, and worth every penny.





Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by kenw3579 (see all reviews from this person) on 5/13/2009

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Overall Comments

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Mike Smith’s Katzeye Pegged Top banjo bridge. For my Goldtone kit OB250+ bluegrass banjo, I got the 5/8” old maple wood, with medium width, ebony top. This bridge gives better tone than all others I have tried (Snuffy Smith compensated; Sosebee; Sampson walnut old wood). The Snuffy Smith may have been a bit louder, but the tone was noticeably improved with the Katzeye. For my open-back banjo, I am using the 11/16”, old maple wood, wide width, snakewood top. This beat out the Sampson Walnut old wood bridge for tone, although the Sampson did have some good “old timey” sound to it.
I believe that these pegged-top bridges give the best tone of any bridges in current production, and I recommend them without reservation. Save money and go directly for it, instead of buying a bunch of other bridges first.

Overall Rating: 10

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