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Aug 12, 2017 - 12:38:15 PM

Guy Players Union Member

United Kingdom

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Joined Mar 9, 2006

Hi Folks

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.

Guy

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:41:32 PM
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rickhayes Players Union Member

USA

1711 posts
Joined Jan 21, 2003

That is what I have on mine and I like it just fine. Comfortable action and sounds good. 


Aug 12, 2017 - 1:53:01 PM

Guy Players Union Member

United Kingdom

1482 posts
Joined Mar 9, 2006

Many thanks Rick. Did you have any problems setting the action with the extra height bridge or did it come like that?

Best regards

Guy

Aug 12, 2017 - 2:33:19 PM

Beardog

USA

1563 posts
Joined Aug 20, 2008

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.

Aug 12, 2017 - 6:01:57 PM

rickhayes Players Union Member

USA

1711 posts
Joined Jan 21, 2003

No problems Guy. I tried it based on some setup suggestions from someone; I just put it on and it felt fine. 


Aug 12, 2017 - 6:05:50 PM

Bart Veerman

Canada

4027 posts
Joined Jan 5, 2005

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

Aug 14, 2017 - 2:39:44 PM

Guy Players Union Member

United Kingdom

1482 posts
Joined Mar 9, 2006

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 :-)

Thanks again

Guy

Aug 14, 2017 - 5:54:15 PM

373 posts
Joined Jun 3, 2013

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.

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:57:43 AM

Guy Players Union Member

United Kingdom

1482 posts
Joined Mar 9, 2006

Hi Dupreejan

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 cheeky

Guy

Aug 19, 2017 - 7:14:32 PM
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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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