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Elite Amber Banjo Heads

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11" low crown

Item # 0498-L
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11" high crown

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$18.96

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12" high crown

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$23.98

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Elite Amber Banjo Heads

About This Item

Warm tone with extra clarity. Bring new tone possibilities with a sound that's a bit brighter than the original Elite, but warmer than a standard plastic head.

Get more "snap" for old-time playing and more depth for bluegrass.
This modern head material is unaffected by moisture and resembles antique amber translucent calfskin. A banjo with a flathead tone ring (or a flat-topped banjo) usually requires a high crown head. The low crown version fits a banjo with an archtop tone ring.

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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4.0

Good head

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Verified Buyer


I can't get 5 star heads anymore so I started buying these. Its the next best thing

5.0

A Perfect Fit

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Verified Buyer


This head fit just as it should have, with no complications. In this case, the old head was mismatched with the ring, so I had to measure for the proper replacement. There are many different head sizes out there. Be sure to take into consideration all the factors necessary for your own banjo head replacement. Guidelines can be easily obtained through StewMac tech help, or through many other online help sites.

5.0

Perfect

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Verified Buyer


Replaces the calf skin perfectly

5.0

1926 Fairbanks Vega Tenor Banjo

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Verified Buyer


The new head,bridge, and hardware went into a restoration of this cool old banjo (`26 Fairbanks Vega). It looks, plays, and sounds great. Thanks again

5.0

Elite Amber on Goldtone BG 250

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I used this Elite Amber head to replace original frosted Remo on a Goldtone BG-250. Seems like a quality product at a very reasonable price. It fit perfectly. As far as tonal difference, I'd say this head mellowed out the original sound by about 10 percent. I detect the slight difference in sound but the average listener, probably not. It has a very nice, old fashioned, slightly translucent look, and hopefully no frosted material to chip off. Dave

5.0

Made the banjo sound good again.

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Verified Buyer


The tolerance difference in 11 inch pots makes for a little finessing this head into position; but it did sit down properly with the tension ring and the banjo sounds beautiful again.

5.0

First time customer for banjo products.

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Verified Buyer


This head sounds exactly like the description and looks great as well. Fast shipping as well.
Thanks,

1.0

Elite Amber Banjo Head

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Verified Buyer


A very good compromise for an alternative to a skin head in my old arch top Gibson. Nice tone in any humidity. So far, it is very durable.

5.0

Elite  Amber head

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In my opinion, this is the best all around head there is. It has an expressive sound and can add great sensitivity to even an archtop Mastertone, while being great for openbacks as well.

Makes you smile.

5.0

Great sound

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Verified Buyer


This was a replacement head on a 12" fretless banjo and gave it a great new life!

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