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Weatherking Banjo Head

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High crown, 11" dia

Item # 1100-H
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$18.85

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High crown, 10-7/8" dia

Item # 1014-H
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$24.25

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High crown, 10-3/4" dia

Item # 1012-H
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$24.27

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Medium crown, 11" dia

Item # 1100-M
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Weatherking Banjo Head

About This Item

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.


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5.0

Lovely sound

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Sounds great on my Irish tenor banjo

5.0

Great sound

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Verified Buyer


I finished a White Oak banjo in June but wasn't happy with the sound from the ebony head I used so I replaced it with this one and a bluegrass Banjo was born! The Banjo doesn't have a tone ring but to hear it you would never know, it rings out just as well as some high dollar (including mine) name brand Banjos. I will buy this again my 2nd White Oak is nearly done and this head will be on it. Thanks StewMac!

5.0

Finally... a quality Weatherking banjo head is available again

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Verified Buyer


The frosting on these heads is similar to how they used to be - nice and even without any transparency. These heads thankfully have no factory logo stamp and therefore no "wagon wheel" symbol that was impossible to hide underneath the tailpiece. The break-in period was brief, and these quality Weatherking heads from Stew-Mac brought out more depth of tone in all of my banjos. Highly recommended!

2.0

BANJO HEAD

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Verified Buyer


WHILE BEING VERY CAREFUL TO TIGHTEN THE HEAD EVENLY IT BROKE ANYWAY.

Response from StewMac


We are sorry to hear this head broke during installation. I have sent you an email about getting a replacement sent out. - Spencer, Customer Support

5.0

Perfect for a Pre War

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Verified Buyer


These heads are not only devoid of a logo (so you don't have to hide it under the banjo's tailpiece) but their frosting isn't paper thin, but it isn't over-frosted like some of the over-sprayed heads that some people use. These bring out the balance between the growl on the bottom and the clear scream on top. I own and work on lots of pre war Gibson banjos (some of them real flatheads) and I wouldn't put anything else on them but these.

3.0

waiting

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Verified Buyer


The Weather king head is a decent banjo head but I'm using it because I cant get a 5 star head.

5.0

Consistent, Reliable

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Verified Buyer


Good banjo head all around. I use these in custom builds and have had nothing but positive experiences.

5.0

Great for a 5-String Gibson type banjo

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Verified Buyer


I bought this on the advice from a well known banjo maker that told me they were standard on all of his banjos and highly recommended it. I can say that in the short time I've had it on it has settled in quickly and sounds great. I have not mic'd it but based strictly on feel it seems to be very consistent in gauge across the entire head and I found the tone to be a big improvement over the old wagon wheel it replaced.

5.0

Banjo Heads

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Verified Buyer


These Banjo head are the only heads that we use. 11", high crown. They are very consistent. Stewmac is a Great company to deal with.
Warren Yates
Yates Banjos

5.0

Weatherking - the best for a bluegrass banjo

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Verified Buyer


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!

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