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Deering Smile Banjo Bridge

Deering’s Smile Banjo Bridge is created to fit into the natural curve created on a banjo head when under string tension. This relieves the stress found in a traditional bridge allowing the Smile Bridge to vibrate without constriction. The result is a noticeably fuller and more expressive midrange, less constricted low end frequencies plus a wonderful balance across all strings.

Our personal experience with them has been a true eye-opener.  The first 6 samples were all snapped up by pro players who instantly heard a difference. 
Curving the bridge feet to match the curve or radius of the head equalizes the pressure on all three feet.  Frankly, I wonder why it took so long for banjo luthiers to realize this. 

We feel the Smile Bridge to be slightly louder and more powerful in the bass frequencies with fatter midrange and improved string-to-string note-separation.

The Smile Bridge is also canted or leaned back towards the tailpiece in the style of the old Snuffy Smith bridges to improve tonal transfer.

Deering has always used but THE BEST select maple hardwood for their bridges. Always perfectly quarter-sawn, extremely uniform grain and very well-seasoned.

TIP : The top/black portion of your banjo bridge is called “the saddle.” This saddle is made to match the shape of the surface of your banjo fingerboard. Most banjo fingerboards are “flat” meaning that they do not have a curved surface. Some banjos are custom made with a curve to the fingerboard which is called a “radiused fingerboard.” This is not to be confused with the curve of the feet of a Deering Smile Banjo Bridge. When choosing the Smile bridge please choose the one that has “the saddle” that is shaped like the surface of your fingerboard.


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