Clawhammer Banjo Bridge



These handmade custom bridges are made for the dedicated frailing/clawhammer style players. Handmade with a raised fifth string for ease of playing. The raised 5th string helps to prevent the thumb making that unwanted sound when it scrapes the head. A preferred alternative by many to scooping out the fingerboard.


The bridges are available in a choice of two heights 1/2″ or 5/8″.
The 5th string ridge is 1/16″ high.


Weight 0.0015 kg
Dimensions 5.5 × .5 × 1.6 cm

1/2" Nylon Strung, 5/8" Nylon Strung, 1/2" Steel Strung, 5/8th Steel Strung

Product Details

Space from 1st to 5th string is 1” 11/16th

An ebony top on mature maple gives a superb tone.

Made from very mature maple, without the ebony top, producing a superb tone.

If your instrument needs a bridge any lower than 1/2" then the action needs to be adjusted.

Postage to UK Destinations: FREE   

European and International Orders sent Royal Mail International Standard Airmail. If required, it is the responsibility of the customer to pay any taxes or import duties for customs clearance.

1 review for Clawhammer Banjo Bridge

  1. Jake Glanville (verified owner)

    I play zither banjo and have done so for the past 60 odd years. I have used Clifford Essex bridges since they were first re-introduced and as far as I am concerned they are easily the best on the market, in some cases completely transforming the instrument. Previously I’ve had to import from the USA at twice the price. I see some CE bridges are seemingly exactly the same as those I’ve seen in an 1895 catalogue, and believe me, those old timers knew what constituted a decent bridge (I have used some).
    My most recent acquisition is a Clifford Essex 5/8 clawhammer bridge for nylon strings. I use Nylgut which suits my wallet best. The banjo is an 1895 W Temlett tuned fA*FAC.
    Once again I would describe the outcome as Excellent! The raised groove for the 5th string is a brilliant idea. For me it makes everything in clawhammer banjo so much easier and relaxed. If you play clawhammer, especially if you’re just starting out, give these bridges a try regardless of the kind of banjo you have. You may find that the whole process has suddenly become a whole new heap of joy. Simples!
    I would recommend these bridges without reservation.
    Black Jake of Norwich, England.

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