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Bridges: Bart Veerman "Archie" bridge

Submitted by ChunoTheDog on 10/15/2020

Where Purchased: Directly from Bart Veerman

Overall Comments

I have this bridge set up on a 1928 TB3 no hole archtop (conversion 5 string neck).

It is a razor thin, seemingly very dense and ultra responsive bridge. It does a very good job at transmitting string vibration to the banjo head. Because of this, I have found increased volume and better (to my ears) clarity in both the bass and the highs. This TB3 was a growling beast from the start but I have found the Archie bridges to REALLY make the banjo vibrate through the resonator when you play it.

I've found that with these bridges it actually takes less hand/finger effort to play. Almost as if the strings are at slightly higher tension (although I'm sure the strings are at the same tension as with other bridges). This translates into a lot of volume if you really dig in, should you ever need to peel the paint off your walls.

These bridges are not compensated in any way however I have achieved perfect intonation (12th fret harmonic vs 12th fretted note) on all 5 strings, very cool!

Only reason I gave the Archie bridges a 9/10 and not a 10/10 is that philosophically there is always room for improvement ;) 

Overall Rating: 9

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