A short while ago I made a Pete Seeger-style bridge for my Highwayman Banjo. As lovely as that fancy bridge is, it has sparked in me an interest in single-foot bridges which just won't go away.
Today I'm going to share with you my first foray into banjolele bridge-making. Let me explain...
Although these bridges mark the start of a new era in luthiery history, I'm starting with quite a conventional first step. Here I am gluing a thin veneer of ebony to a thicker block of maple.
Having let the glue dry, I set to the block with my table saw. Very, very carefully, I cut off thin slivers.
Here's one for size. It's slightly taller than 5/8 inch and I have a range of thicknesses to play with... all of them thinner than the conventional ones you'll buy.
Because I can... Here they all are laid on top of each other. What a beautiful grain that maple has!
Hold on... first here's a quick side-by-side of a conventional bridge and my revolutionary King Uke version. Cute, isn't it!
I grabbed my dusty Dixie banjolele for this little test. Here's a picture of the bridge fitted. Looking good! But would it play?
By the way, my Dixie post has been creating quite a stir recently. It seems that I'm not he only person with a fancy for these metal banjoleles.
Here you go. I'm a little bit rusty on the old banjolele but there are still a few glimpses of the old King Uke magic shining through. What do you reckon? Are you going to make a single-foot bridge for your instrument? Of course you are... DO IT!
And when you've done it I want you to come back here and show me a few pictures of your handiwork! In fact... I want to see ALL the homemade bridges!