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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
from Verdena Lee from Story Gourd Workshop
What instruments are you building or playing?
I recently built an oil can 5 string banjo

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Bridges for Oil Can banjos

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 1:03pm 5 Comments

When I cobbled together my first oil can banjo, I didn't think too much about the bridge. I used an inexpensive 3 for 10 bucks 3-footed ebay bridge and it sounded fine. My second one sounded really nice but didn't have nearly the volume. Dena Lee suggested I try a lighter bridge and suggested cedar for nylon strings. I made one up yesterday - 2 instead of 3 feet, and cedar instead of whatever hardwood the commercial bridge was. I was really surprised at how big a difference it made. The…


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Hi Eugene, welcome to the Clubhouse!

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

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