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May 25, 2022 - 4:08:21 AM

Hanzalot

Denmark

22 posts since 7/23/2007

Hi

I've looked everywhere and can't find a two-feet all maple bridge which I need to set up my deering goodtime for nylgut strings. Can anyone help me out?

Thanks!
Hans

May 25, 2022 - 4:16:19 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10141 posts since 1/22/2003

You can buy them from Joel Hooks (I did so):

banjothimble.com/shop/historic...dges.html

Maybe the slots needs to be widened a bit, since Nylguts are thicker than the usuals nylon banjo strings.

May 25, 2022 - 4:17:09 AM
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KCJones

USA

1718 posts since 8/30/2012

Joel Hooks is the best source for all maple two foot bridges. He uses historic designs from patent drawings and catalogues.

Stringbean45 has a lot of bridges listed, and offers custom bridges, so he may be able to help.

Bart Veerman used to make really great ones, but he's retired now. Might be able to find them used, but it'd be hard.

I use bridges from these three and have had great results, especially if you combine them with a hide head from jbalch.

May 25, 2022 - 4:19:01 AM

Hanzalot

Denmark

22 posts since 7/23/2007

Hi

Thanks both. Unfortunately, Hooks is sold out on all bridges, but I will look at stringbean.

Other suggestions welcome!

May 25, 2022 - 4:54:59 AM

442 posts since 11/29/2012

Joel Hooks is active on BHO. He'd respond to a message. His bridges are absolutely top tier.

May 25, 2022 - 4:57:57 AM

Hanzalot

Denmark

22 posts since 7/23/2007

Excellent - thanks Mark. I will send him a message.

May 25, 2022 - 5:23:11 AM
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1351 posts since 1/9/2012

DIY?

May 25, 2022 - 5:33:38 AM
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6923 posts since 9/21/2007

Thanks folks! I've put some of the "J. W. Hooks" pattern in 1/2 and 5/8 back in stock.

The problem with a goodtime banjo is that it was built for wire strings. The neck is set in such a manner that provides a very low action with a tall bridge.

Since my goal is to provide OEM replacement bridges for classic era banjos, I don't make the 3/4" or 1" tall bridges that one needs to get the clearance to prevent buzzing on a goodtime.

May 25, 2022 - 5:33:44 AM

324 posts since 5/25/2015

If you want to buy a basic one locally, they are for sale from Thomann in Germany and also Eagle Music and Music Supplies Direct in the UK. You may need to widen the string slots on these to fit the strings, but they are very cheap. Thomann also sell an all-Maple Grover Non-Tip

May 25, 2022 - 7:53:11 AM

710 posts since 8/14/2018

I just put nylon strings on my Goodtime (PVF lute strings, so a little thinner gauge than Nylguts), with one of Don New's 'minstrel' bridges and a Fiberskyn head. Sounds pretty good. But as Joel suggests, I did have to adjust the action. I have one of Joels' bridges on my old Stewart.

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May 25, 2022 - 8:17:54 AM

mjt0229

USA

405 posts since 4/20/2015

DC Banjo Works makes a fine 2 footed bridge. I would have to search around to figure out how to contact him, I think he decided his website wasn't worth the trouble anymore.

May 25, 2022 - 8:21:04 AM
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lucas73b

Netherlands

111 posts since 3/8/2006

I have a new 5/8 Cliffor Essex bridge leftover, for which I have no use. You may have it for free - pm me if are interested.

Lucas

May 25, 2022 - 8:46:18 AM
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Hanzalot

Denmark

22 posts since 7/23/2007

That sounds awesome @lucas73b! I really appreciate it! I have sent you a pm with my address.

And thanks everyone for the suggestions and insight - it's always a joy to ask for help on here!

Hans

May 25, 2022 - 2:08:47 PM

mjt0229

USA

405 posts since 4/20/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Hanzalot

That sounds awesome @lucas73b! I really appreciate it! I have sent you a pm with my address.

And thanks everyone for the suggestions and insight - it's always a joy to ask for help on here!

Hans


I just noticed you were in Copenhagen. My family and I lived in Vesterbro last year. Because of the pandemic, I never really got around to seeking out other banjo or fiddle players, but I serenaded the neighbors periodically with old time music. I have really been missing Denmark lately.

May 25, 2022 - 3:10 PM
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Hanzalot

Denmark

22 posts since 7/23/2007

Awesome mjt0229 . I hope you will get a chance to return sometime!

May 25, 2022 - 3:26:17 PM

59108 posts since 12/14/2005

DANG these Dollar Store glasses!
At first glance, I thought you were looking for "a two foot Tall maple bridge", and wanted to see what kind of megabanjo you were working on.

May 25, 2022 - 6:09:26 PM

63 posts since 1/7/2021

$0.02:

I've got one of Hooks' "FB Converse" 11/16” bridges on my goodtime and am quite happy with it.

With the stock bridge I had to shim the neck to get action high enough, but with this bridge I use the banjo sans shim.

Edited by - A Drum On A Stick on 05/25/2022 18:10:51

May 25, 2022 - 6:31:26 PM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

1494 posts since 8/9/2019

I read the original post wrong and thought we were looking for a 24 inch long maple bridge.

I'll see myself out.

May 26, 2022 - 12:41:07 AM

Hanzalot

Denmark

22 posts since 7/23/2007

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

DANG these Dollar Store glasses!
At first glance, I thought you were looking for "a two foot Tall maple bridge", and wanted to see what kind of megabanjo you were working on.

 


Man, now I want a megabanjo. This B.A.S. never stops!

May 26, 2022 - 3:16:27 AM
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59108 posts since 12/14/2005

Megabanjos

 

     

And at the other end of the scale....


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