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Where Purchased: Gary Sosebee
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
Where Purchased: Direct from Gary
"Gary.......you 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 strings.......so 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!!........wow, 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 dynamic....no 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!
SOSEBEE BEECH RULES!!!
Overall Rating: 10
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