Posted by Randy Escobedo on January 22, 19103 at 16:26:19:
In Reply to: BANJO BRIDGE QUESTIONS posted by MATT on January 22, 19103 at 13:26:32:
It is a 5/8" bridge. Earl is not using a Snuffy Smith bridge or head anymore. He is using a 5/8" Grover bridge and Remo head with Gibson SBG-ESM (medium)strings. Maybe your string is in the bridge slot too tight? If so file very lightly the bridge slot to widen it. This will also smooth out the slot so the string makes good contact. Make sure your bridge is setting up straight on the head. Remember a Snuffy bridge will tilt back some towards the tailpiece. I would check your tailpiece hieght. It should be right at 1/4" from the bottom of tailpiece(closest to bridge) from the top of the banjo head. No two bridges of course are the same. If all fails you might try another tailpiece. How is the action? Gibson factory specs are 7/64" from the top of 12th fret to bottom of string. I would not go any lower than 5/64" so you don't take a chance of having your strings buzz. Most important are your strings old or maybe a cheaper brand? I use Gibson strings myself and they are great. Hope this helps you out.
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