I just got a Fender Robert Schmidt 4-string plectrum banjo and the bridge string spacing is extremely wide. It seems to be about 10/16" between each string. I play Dixieland jazz and would prefer a much closer string spacing for fast strumming. I was previously playing a 5-string banjo with the 5th string muted.
My main question is it ok to use a tenor banjo bridge on a plectrum banjo? Is there any difference between a "tenor bridge" and a "plectrum bridge" or is it just marketing?
Other questions: Can I use a file or something to cut new slots to reuse my current bridge and get the strings closer together? Or if I do need to buy a new bridge, is it ok to get a shorter bridge?
Basically, the bridge that came with this banjo is not working for me but I have no idea what options I should get when looking for a new bridge so any advice is greatly appreciated!