Banjo bridge position (opinions, help)
Hi. Continuing with my banjo threads. So, I bought a banjo from Clareen Banjos, Co. Galway. A Bridge model (the beginner model), and although I have no idea about banjos and I’d never played one, it seems to me something may be wrong here. Tom, from Clareen Banjos, said in the instructions that I have to “raise the bridge and align with the pencil marks for correct position”. I looked for the pencil marks and this is what I found:
And then I aligned it with the marks before raising it, so I could see what the final position would look like:
Have you ever seen such an inclination in a banjo bridge? At this point I wanted to make sure I was understanding things right. I wanted to make sure the bottom mark was indeed a pencil mark and not some dirt or something, so I emailed Tom showing him these two pictures and explaining my concern. He wasn’t very detailed in his answer, he just said I need to follow the pencil marks and the bridge will slightly be at an angle at the base (4th string) end, and that this is correct. OK, then, I raised the bridge with this alignment and started to play it. Photo:
And it’s fine, I like it very much, but the two lowest string (especially the G string) seem as if they were a little bit loose or something, because, especially the G string, it doesn’t sound stable. Like the note fluctuates. And if I move my left-hand finger towards myself or opposite to myself a little bit while pressing the G string on the fret, the note fluctuates. Can this mean the bridge is TOO MUCH at an angle at the base (4th string) end right now and I should move it a bit towards the neck?