Banjo Bridge Placement
The 12th fret on the banjo should be the halfway point
between the nut and the bridge.
instructions to get your bridge in the proper location.
Loosen the strings slightly, so that you won't scratch the head while you
are moving the
bridge around. Then using a yard
stick or ruler, measure from the nut to the middle of the 12th
fret. If you don't have a yardstick handy, you can
use a piece of wood, and mark it at the 12th fret.
2. Now measure that same distance
from the 12th fret to the banjo head,, and make a small
pencil mark on the head at that distance, and place the bridge
there. It's now in the general location.
Step 3. Tune the
instrument to standard tuning, using your ear, or an electronic
4. Now it's time to fine tune the
placement. Play each string open, and then freted at the 12th
fret. Using your ear, determine if the fretted note is higher or lower
than the open note. If the fretted note
higher, (sharp) the bridge is too close to the neck and needs to move toward the
tailpiece. If the fretted
note is lower, (flat)
the bridge needs to be moved toword the neck. If you measured correctly in
these movements should be very slight.
Possibly only 1/16 of an inch or so.
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