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Bridges: Deering Smile Bridge

Submitted by MikeM on 7/11/2016

Where Purchased: Direct from Deering

Overall Comments

Ok, so I've read some of the comments on the site about this bridge.  I'm not worried about why the company made it, business decisions, etc.  it's a maple capped ebony bridge with rounded feet. So, I decided to post my review of this bridge that I received this past Saturday.   I purchased an 11/16 radiused Smile bridge for my Deering John Hartford banjo. I was currently swapping out between the factory bridge and another custom bridge.. The new smile bridge increased my volume, which I really didn't need.  It also significantly improved my overall tone. Banjo sounds great!  FYI, I'm currently using 10.5 11.5 13 20 10.5. A Ludwig head and a price tailpiece.  OMG I hope I didn't violate a patent!  Really folks it's just a banjo bridge. It gives my banjo a solid sound, crisp but not twangy.. Playing into an ear trumpet Louise microphone it sounds great though I did have to back further away from the mic because of the volume.  Sound is always so subjective but if your looking for a new bridge, I can only say it improved my tone enough that I was impressed with it. And I will add that I have cut down ie, ruined, many high end banjo bridges after 38 years of playing this dang thing. I hope this helps. Email for further info if you like. Now if I could just get my pull offs as fast and clean as Dan Menzone............Mikem


Overall Rating: 10

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