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Discuss the Banjo lesson: Banjo Setup with Steve Huber- Bridge Placement

Learn to set your banjo bridge in exactly the right place!

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Excellent video. I accidentally put my bridge out if place while changing strings. This is a massive help.

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Please correct me if I’m wrong but on another site I started at I learned that you measure 12” from the nut down the neck then again from that point another 12” and that was the point of placement for the bridge. Then you were to move the end of the bridge on the the 5th string side back up 1/16 of an inch. So it ends up not being parallel across the head. There was a reason for doing that but I can’t quite remember why. Is that not a good approach or is it better to do it the same way as in the video playing like the G and listening to determine placement? I’m very very new so I want to make sure I’m not learning any bad habit I’ll have to break later. Btw, I love all these lessons. Your site has taken me much farther than I’ve ever gotten anywhere else.

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Hi Jennifer, and welcome to the forum!

Great Question!

Listening to determine placement is the way to do it for sure.

Follow the video for sure. It is right on the money and very informative.

Hello @jennifer.rester, and welcome!!
Here is a good article on bridge placement, how and why you do it.

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