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Bridges: KatEyz Prowler, Roxy Maple

Submitted by Doug Knecht on 3/3/2021

Where Purchased: Mike Smith

Overall Comments

I ordered a Prowler bridge from Mike Smith of KatEyz Bridges about a month ago.  This particular bridge has 13-14 growth rings, radius ebony top, and made out of some old bowling alley wood from a place called Roxy Lanes.  Mike named the maple wood "Roxy Maple".  

I've been letting the bridge settle into the banjo.  From right off the bat, this bridge brought out the power in this banjo.  And the tone is superior.  I am really happy with this bridge after letting it settle in, too.  Thank you Mike for making such a responsive bridge!


Doug Knecht

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Wadsworth Bridges

Submitted by Doug Knecht on 11/8/2018

Where Purchased: Directly through David Wadsworth

Overall Comments

I ordered two bridges from David - 5/8" and .656" maple both Crowe spaced.  He told me he has acquired some 150 yr old wood that he has tried on several banjos and believes this wood is possibly the best he has had.  I went with the 'Grover' style design.

The bridges came in the mail today and I slipped the taller bridge on the banjo.  This bridge has 12 growth rings.  It delivers a VERY balanced tone across the frequencies, exactly what I was looking for.  I am planning on leaving the bridge on indefinitely because it really does sound amazing.

I highly recommend David Wadsworth bridges.


Doug Knecht

Overall Rating: 10

Necks: 5 string neck

Submitted by Doug Knecht on 4/5/2018

Where Purchased: Davis Banjos and Inlay

Overall Comments

I ordered a custom neck from Tim Davis in January of 2018.  I ordered a radius ebony fret board on a mahogany neck.  I chose the Flying Eagle inlay with "Davis" in the peg head.  I had ordered a pot assembly from Warren Yates and had Warren send it to Tim.  

Tim knew exactly what I wanted as were going over the details.  I paid Tim $800 to make the neck, shipping included.  When the neck was ready for his finisher, Casey Sullivan, he sent my resonator to match the stain for the neck.  When the banjo came back from the finisher a few months later, Tim set up the banjo to the pot and even fixed some rim issues.  He gave me an old case so he could ship the whole banjo instead of shipping the neck separately from the pot.

There's only one cosmetic issue I could see, but it is not a huge thing to me.  In the end, he came through with five stars, especially with his customer service.  The neck looks great too.  

I would highly recommend Davis Banjos and Inlay for any new neck, whole banjo, bridges, rims, etc..  He's good to work with and I had a pleasant experience.

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Snuffy Smith New Generation

Submitted by Doug Knecht on 2/8/2018

Where Purchased: KatEyz Banjo Bridges

Overall Comments

I recently ordered some bridges from Mike Smith at KatEyz Banjo Bridges.  I have ordered a new neck with a radius, so I wanted to buy a bridge with a radius.  I was interested in the Snuffy Smith New Generation, Crowe spacing, .656" tall, radius 16"..  He sent two bridges in the mail.  .  I tried each bridge on the banjo.  I felt like I needed a heavier, thicker bridge for my ear.  He sent two more out, weighing 2.48g approximately.  These last bridges rock!  They give a fat tone and kill some of the mid overtones.  Great bridges and workmanship!  He is fine with me returning the first two bridges whenever I see him  next.

Overall Rating: 10

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