Weatherking Banjo Head

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The original plastic heads. Epoxy-mounted Mylar® with white top-frosted surface for a bright, crisp tone.

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High crown, 11" dia

Item # 1100-H
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3 or more $15.50
6 or more $14.11

High crown, 10-7/8" dia

Item # 1014-H
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3 or more $17.97
6 or more $16.35

High crown, 10-3/4" dia

Item # 1012-H
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3 or more $17.97
6 or more $16.35

Medium crown, 11" dia

Item # 1100-M
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3 or more $15.50
6 or more $14.11
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The original plastic heads. Epoxy-mounted Mylar® with white top-frosted surface for a bright, crisp tone.

Plastic heads resist stretching and shrinking due to humidity, a problem common to skin heads, and give the instrument a brighter, crisper tone.

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Weatherking Banjo Head

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Weatherking - the best for a bluegrass banjo

By Bo Gustafsson from Eskilstuna, Sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 29, 2014

Seems like many prefer the Stewart McDonald Weatherking head to the ones with the logo you can buy elsewhere. And they are right as they give a sound I like. Simply the best buy!

Size sticker

By Terry Graves from Dakota Dunes SD
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 19, 2013

great head, but agree with another reviewer, don't put the sticker on the head.


By rob bishline from Tulsa, OK
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 15, 2012

I must say that these are good heads, but please label the size on the bag and not on the mylar. They do not remove easily with naphtha and it slows us down unnecessarily.

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By Ron Brown from Rapid City, South Dakota
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 30, 2012

What can you say about a banjo head other than it's white and if stretched right, gives your banjo a ring and punch. I have used other brands but keep coming back to the Remo Weatherking and prefer to buy all my banjo supplies from Stew Mac.

Great Product

By James Laker from Tasmania, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 08, 2012

Good Head just fits my home-made shell

Good head, funky finish

By Mananan Mac Lir from Port Hadlock, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 07, 2011

I was replacing the head on my old Kay open back banjo, which has a smooth finish with frosting on the back. So I was a little surprised when this one had the frosting on the front where playing will wear it off. Took a little getting used to the feel and sound when playing, as I now have a sandpaper hiss when my finger hits the head (with the accompanying drag on my hand). The frosting also makes repositioning the bridge a pain. Quality was top notch, however, and it went on without trauma or drama.

Very pleased with the improvement over my old head. Five stars, overall, since my gripe is personal preference, not product quality.

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By Bob Reese from Manchester TN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 02, 2011

the banjo head installed perfectly and meets all the customer's needs well

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By tiziano vecchiato from venice italy
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 27, 2011

great sound, precise and clear

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By BluegrassLover from Lynchburg-VA.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 08, 2011

The best that can be bought. A bright cut but still has a deep low end sound when used on a Gibson five string.

Banjo parts

By Tanjil from melbourne Austrlia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Making the banjo was a cinch with parts supplied and service from StewMac. Only the pot was made by me from Australian Eucalypt kiln dried hard wood. Pals and even banjo teacher have remarked on the finish and the tone. Proud to play banjo with The Tanjil River Band.

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