Five-Star Head

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Extra strength under tension! Our popular Five-Star® banjo heads feature the "Five-Star crimp," a patented design that firmly locks the head into a special mounting hoop.

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Five-Star Head Frosted 11" medium crown

Frosted 11" medium crown

Item # 0100
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$21.94

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Five-Star Head Smooth white 11" medium crown

Smooth white 11" medium crown

Item # 0100-W
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$21.94

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Five-Star Head Clear 11" medium crown

Clear 11" medium crown

Item # 0100-C
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Extra strength under tension! Our popular Five-Star® banjo heads feature the "Five-Star crimp," a patented design that firmly locks the head into a special mounting hoop.

The result is clear, crisp tone and extra strength under tension. There's no epoxy to fail or pull loose.

Five-Star heads have medium crown height, and fit standard 11"-diameter flathead or archtop tone rings on most popular banjos.

#0100 Frosted: The white top-frosted coating on .007" white plastic gives full tone with traditional appearance and texture. The most popular Five-Star head, it's been a favorite with Bluegrass players for over 30 years.

Also available in two unfrosted versions for players who want a brighter tone:
#0100-W Smooth white: Uncoated .007" white plastic.
#0100-C Clear: Transparent uncoated .007" plastic, for a distinctive appearance.

Choosing the right size banjo head
Measure your banjo for the correct head diameter
Your banjo's rim may be slightly out of round, so take at least three diameter measurements at different points on the outside of the banjo's tone ring or rim top. Use the average diameter to the nearest 1/16" to order the correct size.

Most modern banjos use an 11"-diameter head. Modern makers of "old-time" open-back banjos usually use 11" (and sometimes 12") heads. Vintage banjos, however, may have a range of rim diameters from 10" to 12".



Choose the correct crown height
Crown height is the vertical distance from the top of the head's mounting band to the top surface of the head. A banjo with a flathead tone ring (or a flat-topped banjo) requires a medium or high crown head. A banjo with an archtop tone ring requires a low crown head. The correct crown height prevents the banjo's tension hoop from pulling down too far, and ensures the hoop won't be so high as to impede the strings.


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Five star banjo heads

By alan funk from , REYNELLA EAST, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Have been using 5 star heads for many years without a single failure. Stew -Mac's service is excellent. I often get my orders in 5-8 days to Australia

Five Star Again

By Alex Nyhus from Buffalo Lake, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 10, 2010


After experimenting with other heads, I once again, have to come back to the frosted Five-Star to get that loud, crisp "bark" that I prefer. Thanks Much.

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