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Bridges: Bart Veerman Dark Star

Submitted by silverface on 12/8/2016

Where Purchased: Direct

Overall Comments

I purchased a couple of bridges from Bart after email exchanges that delved fairly deep into my tonal targets - and especially variable dynamics (i.e altering picking hand position and attack to adjust volume, drive, tone, sustain, decay, overtones...pretty much every variable).

I recently acquired  '26 TB1 pot with a Ryan Tone ring, Gill  resonator, Gibson  (wreath) neck, vintage Gibson OPF, Presto-type & Prucha hoop/hardware.  I'm also primarily a guitar player and do a little straight bluegrass, but more melodic alternative "from the hip" improvisations and a lot of guitarish styling. 

Bart recommended 2 bridges and nailed it.  For "my stuff", with guitarish licks, radical tone variations & infinitely variable dynamics - the Dark Star is unbelievable.  It's is downright scary - its seems to get sounds out of the banjo that *should*, but usually *don't*, exist.  I can  "pull" out tones that are strong - or delicate - at will, without effort. Things just happen that are amazingly right, and at quiet to ear-blistering levels.

I've used a lot of bridges over the years and the Dark Star is a huge step forward.  I'm an anal tone & I don't casually heap praise on anything - only when it *really* works.  This is a product that would work for any style and on any banjo (I tried it for fun on my "beach banjo", a Gretsch import - and it made a HUGE difference).  For players that need a wide range of "settings" and a have decently controlled touch, IMO this is the perfect bridge.

 

 

 

 

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge

Submitted by silverface on 12/8/2016

Where Purchased: Direct

Overall Comments

I purchased a couple of bridges from Bart after email exchanges that delved fairly deep into my tonal targets - and especially variable dynamics (i.e altering picking hand position and attack to adjust volume, drive, tone, sustain, decay, overtones...pretty much every variable).

 

 I recently acquired  '26 TB1 pot with a Ryan Tone ring, Gill  resonator, Gibson  (wreath) neck, vintage Gibson OPF, Presto-type & Prucha hoop/hardware.  I'm also primarily a guitar player and do a little straight bluegrass, but more melodic alternative "from the hip" improvisations and a lot of guitarish styling. 

 

Bart recommended 2 bridges and nailed it.  When I am playing bluegrass, for the prototypical dry, loud, powerful, dynamic "Earl" sound his #6 "Mystery wood/ebony topped" bridge is incredible.  And as loud as you can play with it, it also works great when you need to "reign it in" and p[lay more delicately.

 

I've used a lot of bridges over the years and Bart's products are a huge step forward.  I'm an anal tone freak & I don't casually heap praise on anything - only when it *really* works.   For players looking for THE bluegrass sound, this is it.

Overall Rating: 10

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