Five-Star Banjo Head

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Five-Star Banjo Head Frosted 11" medium crown

Frosted 11" medium crown

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Five-Star Banjo Head Smooth white 11" medium crown

Smooth white 11" medium crown

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Five-Star Banjo Head Clear 11" medium crown

Clear 11" medium crown

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Five-Star Banjo 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.

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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Service and parts

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I've never been dissapointed by any of the parts purchased through StewMac. Even better is the prompt service and delivery. Thanks StewMac


Product & service

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I recently purchased two 5 star heads for my banjos. I have a Stelling Super Star and a Gold Star. I really like the 5 star head! I have been playing 5 string for nearly 40 years now and the 5 star head really brings out the tone! I am very impressed with the service at Stewart MacDonald's> They kept me promptly looked after in every way and shipped my order promptly and gave me a tracking # and I had my order within a few days. Can't ask for more than that! Thanks Stewart MacDonald's! Bob Jones.


Tonal problem-solver

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I've been using Five Star heads since they first appeared in the Stew-Mac catalog. The first thing that appealed to me as a setup guy was the special crimp used to secure the Mylar to the hoop; no glue to become brittle, crack and give up. The main thing, though, is that the thicker Mylar used in its construction provides a somewhat "darker" tone palette, perfect for taming the excessive overtones present in many banjos. If you favor the short-decay, classic Bluegrass banjo tone model, the Five Star is the only way to go.

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  • Five-Star® is a registered trademark of Stewart-MacDonald Manufacturing Company, Inc.