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Where Purchased: from Stringbean 45 / Don New
I have been looking for a bridge to give me a little more control over my tone on my Morgan Monroe Cameron open back with W/L tone ring. I do some finger picking (no metal pics), but mostly CH. I tried a couple capped bridges, but decided to give Mr. New's Big Foot a shot, mainly 'cause it looks unique. After having it on a few days and running it through it's courses, let me offer the following:
CRAFTSMANSHIP: neat looking and well made bridge. Feet touch the banjo just right. Slots were just right (crowe spacing requested and done well). I like how it looks as well with it's little feet sticking out. Not the easiest to change in and out without doing a lot of slacking the strings and re-tuning, but I can't see how to fix that issue.
TONE: The thing I notice the most about this bridge was how well it brought out the bass end. The highs picked up some punch, too, but the bass is more noticeable. The other thing I like is I feel I have more control over the range of loudness and quietness with this bridge. I use my banjo in church and need to be quiet, but clear. I like what this bridge does for that.
Some of you may or may not like this, but I think the sustain is nice with this bridge. There isn't a quick fade, but I consider that a strength.
SELLER: I trust Don as a seller. That's all I have to say.
BOTTOM LINE: I will replace this bridge if it breaks, is lost, is bridge-napped, or spontaneously combusts.
Anyone can shoot me a message if they want a more specific opinion.
(the Old Barn one is nice too for a woody sound).
Overall Rating: 10
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