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Bridges  Gary Sosebee "European Beech" Bridge Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by markohio1349 (see all reviews from this person) on 5/9/2012

Where Purchased: Gary Sosebee

Overall Comments

This Beech wood is a great formula for a banjo bridge. It really sounds wonderful, better than any other bridge I have tried. Very warm with great depth. I think it sounds better than maple and Birch.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by pickalot (see all reviews from this person) on 2/15/2012

Where Purchased: Direct from Gary

Overall Comments

" have got to be the greatest bridge maker that's ever walked the earth! This beech bridge is unbelievable! I could go on and on about it, but I know you've got better things to do than read for the next 30 minutes........"

All I can say is that the Sosebee "submerged wood bridge" has been great on my archtop for the past (almost 2 years), so I was almost bewildered as to why I wanted to try something different.

I have a very strong right hand and would many times "over pick" trying to get more volume and would overplay my I went to heavier strings. That helped give me the resistance I needed to get the volume up some, but I lost some of the sweet tone and the highs weren't as apparent. I eventually went back to light gauge and now play into a mike with our band.

But now I have this Sosebee 5/8", std. spacing, tone monster "beech" bridge!!, what a bridge!!! Unlike the other bridge there's a slight resistance to the beech bridge that I really, really like and need. Every note on the fingerboard is full and dead or weak spots. I now have volume far beyond what I have ever experienced on my banjo. The growl is there. The highs and mids are all I could ever ask for. The tone I'm getting is awesome! I PLAY this bridge better. I picked for 3 hours as soon as it came in and did not want to quit. I can hardly wait for our next band practice.

How can any bridge be better than this beech bridge? My banjo is even staying in tune better!!....go figure!

I will probably order 3 more just like it pretty soon.....a spare for the archtop and 2 for my new flathead.

Tone rings, wood rims and good set-ups are all very important....but "the bridge" is the key to the best sound any banjo has to give.

My overall rating for this bridge is 1000!



Overall Rating: 10

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