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Nov 27, 2023 - 9:08:52 PM
20 posts since 11/26/2023

So, I have an S.S Stewart Amateur, and I was wondering what the best parts for sound and playability would be. I have a Morris Bridge, Labella Nylon strings, and Elite Amber head currently hooked up to it.

Nov 28, 2023 - 4:37:28 AM

11296 posts since 4/23/2004

I like the Morris bridges.

If you want a bit brighter sound, a thin Stewart bridge from Joel Hooks is the ticket.

https://banjothimble.com/

One of Joel's mutes is a good accessory...as well as his period-correct strings (get an extra bass or two).

Need music that woulld have been played on your Stewart when new?

https://classic-banjo.ning.com

Edited by - trapdoor2 on 11/28/2023 04:40:20

Nov 28, 2023 - 5:35:29 AM
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KCJones

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2860 posts since 8/30/2012

Get a real hide head.

Nov 28, 2023 - 5:37:35 AM

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Bill's bridges are loosely based on the Cole patent bridge, they are not exactly the same but are close.

My advice, work on the right hand. Strings and bridge is fine.

Nov 28, 2023 - 12:11:46 PM

20 posts since 11/26/2023

quote:
Originally posted by trapdoor2

I like the Morris bridges.

If you want a bit brighter sound, a thin Stewart bridge from Joel Hooks is the ticket.

https://banjothimble.com/

One of Joel's mutes is a good accessory...as well as his period-correct strings (get an extra bass or two).

Need music that woulld have been played on your Stewart when new?

https://classic-banjo.ning.com


Yeah, I feel like my current strings are too light and plucky, thanks for the advice!

Nov 28, 2023 - 12:16:22 PM

20 posts since 11/26/2023

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

Get a real hide head.


What kind do you recommend?

Nov 28, 2023 - 12:42:32 PM

20 posts since 11/26/2023

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Bill's bridges are loosely based on the Cole patent bridge, they are not exactly the same but are close.

My advice, work on the right hand. Strings and bridge is fine.


I've been playing for about 2-3 Years now, I learned by Youtube videos. But I'm starting to feel stuck, I mostly learn off of Recordings by ear, once in a while I use Tabs.

Nov 28, 2023 - 1:33:27 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by LumpyBurrito1234
quote:
Originally posted by trapdoor2

I like the Morris bridges.

If you want a bit brighter sound, a thin Stewart bridge from Joel Hooks is the ticket.

https://banjothimble.com/

One of Joel's mutes is a good accessory...as well as his period-correct strings (get an extra bass or two).

Need music that woulld have been played on your Stewart when new?

https://classic-banjo.ning.com


Yeah, I feel like my current strings are too light and plucky, thanks for the advice!


Your strings are fine.  Nylon strung banjos are unique instruments that require their own dedicated practice to achieve clear tone power and volume. 

The rules of wires strings do not apply, play nearer to the bridge where the strings are firm.

Nov 28, 2023 - 1:34:21 PM

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quote:
Originally posted by LumpyBurrito1234
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Bill's bridges are loosely based on the Cole patent bridge, they are not exactly the same but are close.

My advice, work on the right hand. Strings and bridge is fine.


I've been playing for about 2-3 Years now, I learned by Youtube videos. But I'm starting to feel stuck, I mostly learn off of Recordings by ear, once in a while I use Tabs.


I can see how this could happen.  I presume you are playing "old time"? 

Nov 28, 2023 - 3:58:36 PM

20 posts since 11/26/2023

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks
quote:
Originally posted by LumpyBurrito1234
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Bill's bridges are loosely based on the Cole patent bridge, they are not exactly the same but are close.

My advice, work on the right hand. Strings and bridge is fine.


I've been playing for about 2-3 Years now, I learned by Youtube videos. But I'm starting to feel stuck, I mostly learn off of Recordings by ear, once in a while I use Tabs.


I can see how this could happen.  I presume you are playing "old time"? 


Yes, I am. Do you recommend a different style?

Nov 29, 2023 - 5:46:19 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by LumpyBurrito1234
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks
quote:
Originally posted by LumpyBurrito1234
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Bill's bridges are loosely based on the Cole patent bridge, they are not exactly the same but are close.

My advice, work on the right hand. Strings and bridge is fine.


I've been playing for about 2-3 Years now, I learned by Youtube videos. But I'm starting to feel stuck, I mostly learn off of Recordings by ear, once in a while I use Tabs.


I can see how this could happen.  I presume you are playing "old time"? 


Yes, I am. Do you recommend a different style?


As an outsider looking in, with limited experience, it seems to me that modern "old time" banjo is better served in conjunction with a strong jamming network. 

My only recommendation is to play the music you enjoy.  I enjoy the music that your banjo was originally built to play. 

Dec 2, 2023 - 6:58:37 PM

20 posts since 11/26/2023

quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks
quote:
Originally posted by LumpyBurrito1234
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks
quote:
Originally posted by LumpyBurrito1234
quote:
Originally posted by Joel Hooks

Bill's bridges are loosely based on the Cole patent bridge, they are not exactly the same but are close.

My advice, work on the right hand. Strings and bridge is fine.


I've been playing for about 2-3 Years now, I learned by Youtube videos. But I'm starting to feel stuck, I mostly learn off of Recordings by ear, once in a while I use Tabs.


I can see how this could happen.  I presume you are playing "old time"? 


Yes, I am. Do you recommend a different style?


As an outsider looking in, with limited experience, it seems to me that modern "old time" banjo is better served in conjunction with a strong jamming network. 

My only recommendation is to play the music you enjoy.  I enjoy the music that your banjo was originally built to play. 

 


Alright, thanks for all the help!

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