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May 4, 2024 - 8:30:17 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

12089 posts since 6/29/2003

A banjo maker friend here in NZ has been making bridges. He posts videos of the bridges he makes on an NZ Facebook page dedicated to banjo repairs. He uses an Asian made Fender FB58 as test instrument. My ear can hear the differences. He recently sent me a 2gm or may not have been the original factory bridge. My question is, where were the bridges sourced from for this era of Gold Star? Japan, the US or somewhere else?

May 5, 2024 - 4:21:36 AM

heavy5

USA

3121 posts since 11/3/2016

Ask Saga

May 8, 2024 - 8:18:27 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

2373 posts since 8/9/2019

They were probably no name Chinese made bridges. Nothing to write home about.

May 8, 2024 - 9:45:34 AM
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Emiel

Austria

10451 posts since 1/22/2003

Toshi Tsuchida might now, probably also desert rose

May 8, 2024 - 4:36:20 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

12089 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Emiel

Toshi Tsuchida might now, probably also desert rose


I contacted Saga and their response "I don't know"

May 8, 2024 - 5:49:04 PM
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15133 posts since 2/7/2003

If you mean theChinese made fb58 made at the Dalian factory O F COURSE the bridgs were nothing more than generic mass produced bridges from scrap wood made by machines and people with no knowlege of what they were making

May 8, 2024 - 6:30:09 PM
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15133 posts since 2/7/2003

Im confussed, why is Gold Star in this conversation?? Fender 58 banjos were first made in Korea then china, they have no connection to Japan or Gold Star at all.
Mr Tsuchida is a friend of mine, he was senior engineer for banjos at Tokai and was in charge of Tokai made Gold Stars, nothing more

May 9, 2024 - 5:15:21 AM

heavy5

USA

3121 posts since 11/3/2016

You are asking to locate a needle in a hay stack for what purpose I cannot imagine ----Scott answers it realistically ==  an untraceable mass produced generic bridge !

May 9, 2024 - 9:40:44 AM
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79875 posts since 5/9/2007

3 foot maple/ebony bridges can come from anywhere in the world and be fine if they aren't too light or too heavy.
If the maple wood isn't actually maple that could hurt performance.
The one that came on my '77 Gold Star that I bought new had very little maple over the arches and sounded much better with a new StewMac bridge that cost something like $2 back then.

May 9, 2024 - 1:48:32 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

12089 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by desert rose

Im confussed, why is Gold Star in this conversation?? Fender 58 banjos were first made in Korea then china, they have no connection to Japan or Gold Star at all.
Mr Tsuchida is a friend of mine, he was senior engineer for banjos at Tokai and was in charge of Tokai made Gold Stars, nothing more


My post was about my Gold Star, not the Febnder FB58. My friend who makes bridges used his FB 58 as a test rig.

May 9, 2024 - 5:35:59 PM

15133 posts since 2/7/2003

Ah ok now I understand, thanks

May 9, 2024 - 5:38:10 PM

15133 posts since 2/7/2003

What year goldstar do you have, Chinese use Chinese bridges, vintage Japanese gold stars used Japanese bridges

Edited by - desert rose on 05/09/2024 17:38:54

May 9, 2024 - 7:13:52 PM
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55 posts since 5/1/2012

This is a reply to Wayne.
Saga president Mr. Richad Keldsen started selling Chinese made Gold Star banjos in 2003. 2005 Gold Star is one of them, so I guess it is Chinese made.
The vintage Gold Star banjos made by Tokai musical instruments in 1978 to 1988 had an in-house made bridge. I have attached a photo of a bridge made around 1980 from my collection. I also created a 3D drawing based on the drawings I created when making the Gold Star-Tokai flat head banjo. The bridge in the photo is thought to have been modified by the person in charge of the final assembly of the banjo to adjust the string height.
I have made many bamboo bridges as a hobby. They aren't bad. However, I prefer to use Grover, my friend Scott-san's Z-bridges, and bridges also made by Mr. Sossabe(Do you remember me?).
Each one is professionally machined and deliver a well-balanced sound.


May 10, 2024 - 1:29:15 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

12089 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by desert rose

What year goldstar do you have, Chinese use Chinese bridges, vintage Japanese gold stars used Japanese bridges


Mine is 05 which places it squarely in China

May 10, 2024 - 5:51:45 PM

15133 posts since 2/7/2003

Yes exactly, in 2001 my first consulting job was setting up the Saga Qingdao factory for banjo making

May 11, 2024 - 2:25:23 AM

banjonz

New Zealand

12089 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by desert rose

Yes exactly, in 2001 my first consulting job was setting up the Saga Qingdao factory for banjo making


Scott, what is your opinion on the quality of these GoldStars pre and post change from Japan to China?

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