If you are like me, you have a pile of banjo bridges. I have bought a ton of them over the years, and I like the swapping them out (particularly when I get a fresh banjo in the door). I love when bridges are marked, but I have several that are not. So, I hold banjo bridges up against each other to judge height and spacing differences (not exactly scientific). And… when the bridge I want to swap is on the banjo, it’s even more difficult.
Today, I got the Banjo Bridge Ruler from Richie Dotson at AcousticBox.com. Richie has designed a pocket-sized ruler that can measure your banjo bridge height and spacing. It is super easy to use!
To measure bridge height:
1 - slide the 3rd string in the middle of number gauge (make sure the ruler is flush against the bridge)
2 - Read the number (my bridge came-up to #3)
3 - Match the number with key above (#3 = .656”)
Measuring Standard vs Crowe spacing was just as easy:
1 - Put the string in the notch to the left
2 - Does it match up with the circles or the diamonds? (mine was diamonds)
3 - Look at the key on the left (Diamonds = Standard Spacing)
Better description can be found here: Acoustic Box Banjo Bridge Ruler… but this was tool cool not to share - I love this darn thing!!! I have measured all my banjos today for fun.
Pretty neat but I prefer this kind, more versatile and cheaper:
Certainly an option to buy calipers and take measurements. I would think this is easy and fits in a banjo case better.... but for someone who wanted to fiddle a little, your solution would definitely work.
I did just see that Banjo Ben Clark is also selling these rulers Banjo Ben Clark’s Store
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