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Apr 24, 2019 - 8:20:55 AM
446 posts since 8/14/2015

Are there different width sizes for four string banjo bridges?

Apr 24, 2019 - 8:45:23 AM

11716 posts since 6/29/2005

Good question! I wonder if there is an equivalent to "Crowe spacing" on 4-string bridges

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:00:53 AM

5768 posts since 8/28/2013

All I know is that four string bridges by the large companies like Grover are all the same width, and that width is actully a bit wider spaced than the originals I have and use from the four string banjo's heyday. Personally, I like the narrow spacing. I've tried the current "standard" bridges and have had difficulties with the strings pulling off the edges of the neck.

I suppose that modern tenors and plectrums may have wider necks, and the newer bridges would work well, but with older banjos (particularly my old Slingerland model) they don't always do the job.

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:14:05 AM

Bart Veerman

Canada

4361 posts since 1/5/2005

Dixieland players prefer 32 mm (between 1st & 4th string), Celtic style players use 36 mm. For the undecided, 34 mm is a safe bet.

The most common bridge heights are 1/2" and 5/8"

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:47:53 AM

446 posts since 8/14/2015

George, would the wider spacing cause any trouble? How about if the 1 and 4 strings are right even with the bottom sides of the neck?

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:00:58 AM

5768 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Picking Dick

George, would the wider spacing cause any trouble? How about if the 1 and 4 strings are right even with the bottom sides of the neck?


I've had issues with wider spacing, as I already mentioned. As indicated by Bart Veerman, Dixieland players seem to prefer 32 mm, and that's what I use. Of course, others may prefer something else. 

What I am saying is that the current factory-made bridges aren't using what to me is a usable spacing;. It's too wide, and seems to be the only width available  from them.

I don't know exactly what you mean by "right even with the bottom of the neck," so I can't answer that question. 

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:09:12 AM

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Hi, I can make you a Tenor Bridge with any string spacing you prefer, and have recently been working with a banohangout member testing Tenor Bridges for me to try and find the best wood types and have come up with some really nice Tenor Bridges.

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:27:44 PM

5768 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Stringbean45

Hi, I can make you a Tenor Bridge with any string spacing you prefer, and have recently been working with a banohangout member testing Tenor Bridges for me to try and find the best wood types and have come up with some really nice Tenor Bridges.


That's good to know. Right now I don't really need a 4-string bridge, though. I'll keep your information handy in case my current bridges start having issues, but then again, I might just make one myself.

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