I'm wanting to put an 11/16" bridge on a Deering Sierra, the current one is 5/8". Has anyone here had any experience in using / setting one up and do you think it's a good / bad idea.
I'd be very grateful for your comments.
That is what I have on mine and I like it just fine. Comfortable action and sounds good.
Many thanks Rick. Did you have any problems setting the action with the extra height bridge or did it come like that?
In my mind, the only reason for going from a 5/8 to an 11/16 bridge, assuming you have no buzzing or other problems with the 5/8, is so that you WILL HAVE a slightly higher action. This often allows for more volume, better, snappier pull-offs, etc.
No problems Guy. I tried it based on some setup suggestions from someone; I just put it on and it felt fine.
Slip a popsicle stick, they're 1/16" thick, under your current bridge so your new height becomes 11/16" and see if your fingers like it. Keep in mind that taller than 5/8" could cause finger and/or hand discomfort for some, but definitely not all, folks.
Edited by - Bart Veerman on 08/12/2017 18:06:57
Thanks again for all your help guys.
I play a Nechville with a 3/4" bridge and love it. One of my students wants to try raising his bridge height and I'd also like to put a compensated bridge on for him. I have a bridge which will be ideal, I think we'll just have to give it a go and see how it works out. We can always change it back if not :-)
Yeah, it changes the angle of your hand. Especially if you are somebody who just has to keep 2 fingers planted on the head "like Earl did". But if you like playing with no fingers planted, or occasionally just 1, it should'nt be a problem.
I'm glad you mentioned that. I've only ever been able to plant my pinky. However, my pinky is very short and of late I have stopped planting altogether. I find it helps my playing to have that freedom of movement and it gives my banjo a more open sound. It also means I can experiment with playing on the lower strings of the banjo. I'm sure I would have made the decision years ago if it hadn't been for the all pervasive view that you "have" to plant.
I guess that's a discussion for another thread
I am also able to play with more liveliness, and keep better rhythm with fingers off the head. But, sometimes when playing an intricate rift I will put down my little finger.
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