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Feb 24, 2024 - 8:17:29 PM
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Flyguy

USA

8 posts since 1/14/2024

I was sitting around with me mandolin playing buddy while he was changing strings and was surprised when he put pencil lead in the bridge slots. He was surprised when I said I never had. As long as I can remember I have used a pencil in the nut slots but not the bridge. Curious if anyone uses it on the bridge.

Long ago at a Bill Emerson workshop he said use a pencil in the nut slots but don't use it on the bridge, the bridge will fall over. The mandolin bridge is much more stable with increased down force and a wider bridge so would take a lot to topple it.

Probably won't try it since I have not seen the need but wondered if there could be any benefit.

Feb 25, 2024 - 5:05:01 AM
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3365 posts since 9/5/2006

Graphite works well in both locations. Been doing that for a long time. It lets the string slide over the those points of pressure.

Feb 25, 2024 - 5:25:06 AM

16017 posts since 12/2/2005

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Originally posted by Bob Buckingham

Graphite works well in both locations. Been doing that for a long time. It lets the string slide over the those points of pressure.


Exactly.

Feb 25, 2024 - 5:51:58 AM
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tonygo

USA

125 posts since 12/29/2022

quote:
Originally posted by Flyguy

I was sitting around with me mandolin playing buddy while he was changing strings and was surprised when he put pencil lead in the bridge slots. He was surprised when I said I never had. As long as I can remember I have used a pencil in the nut slots but not the bridge. Curious if anyone uses it on the bridge.

Long ago at a Bill Emerson workshop he said use a pencil in the nut slots but don't use it on the bridge, the bridge will fall over. The mandolin bridge is much more stable with increased down force and a wider bridge so would take a lot to topple it.

Probably won't try it since I have not seen the need but wondered if there could be any benefit.


Always, and on my fiddle at the nut and bridge for many years.

Feb 25, 2024 - 6:16:59 AM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

5685 posts since 1/5/2005

Graphite is the main ingredient in pencil lead.

"Use a pencil in the nut slots but don't use it on the bridge, the bridge will fall over." Horse
feathers! Due to the extreme PSI force exerted on the bridge's top while changing strings, the new string grabs the bridge top and drags it toward the neck a tiny little bit when brought to tension. It's best to tilt the bridge top a smidge toward the tailpiece before starting to prevent the bridge from smacking, direction neck,  on the head. 

Graphite in bridge slots Y/N? It's not going to hurt a banjo at all but, myths notwithstanding, there simply is no need hatswhoaever as strings do not travel through bridge slots. Moving a few thou to wiggle themselves into place perhaps at the very most.

Bart,

https://banjobridge.com/

Feb 25, 2024 - 6:17:27 AM

6918 posts since 10/13/2007

Lynwood Lunceford does that when changing strings.
ken

Feb 25, 2024 - 12:57:57 PM

2515 posts since 2/7/2008

I prefer a white graphite pencil so my nut doesn’t look dirty.

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