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Red Henry

Red Henry

Folks, our maple mandolin bridges are still selling well, and we're glad to keep offering them. This is my standard "11-hole" design:


This design maximizes the overall response of most mandolins, producing purity of tone, excellent volume, and exceptional sustain.

Lately, though, I've been thinking about offering my older "winged" bridge design again:


The advantage of the wings that they bring out all the bass response a mandolin has in it, which is often deeply desired and wished for by folks who play f-hole mandolins like F-5's and A-5's. The winged design may give a few percent less volume than an 11-hole bridge does, but it really does help the low end.

The winged bridges take a bit longer to make, but I'd offer them again if some demand was out there. If there are any potential F5-playing maple-bridge customers out there, let me know what you think!