Skin Banjo Head

Skin Banjo Head

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Skin Banjo Head

About This Item

For a truly original mellow banjo sound, a natural skin head is first choice. Unmounted calfskin; fits rims up to 12" in diameter.

Installation instructions included.

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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Instructions

Product Instructions

How to install a skin banjo head

Dan Levenson explains how to install an unmounted, skin banjo head.

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5.0

good product

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Verified Buyer


strong, clean and of good uniform thickness.

5.0

Just what I needed

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Verified Buyer


Great head. It came with clear instructions. Thanks

5.0

1930's The Gibson Restore

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Verified Buyer


Top quality skin material. Only reserve is to warn those working with this material is that it is more delicate than the preformed skins.
Now if one could also purchase rings in a greater variety of diameters, these jobs would be easier. We had to cut down and braze a tension ring and fabricate a flesh ring for this restore.

5.0

Better than the original

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Verified Buyer


A great Skin Head for this banjo repair. The eighty year old original was pretty nice but had a small puncture and the new head was easy to install, better looking and sounds really nice.

5.0

High Quality

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Verified Buyer


This was a high quality banjo head with even thickness and no flaws. I mounted it to a replica 1850s banjo with a 12" rim and it sounds great. I ordered another skin to mount on another banjo I am making.

5.0

excellent replacement head

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Verified Buyer


I have an old Dixie cast metal banjo uke that needed the head replaced. I watched the Stew-Mac video and easily installed the new head. Worked out great !

3.0

Variations extreme

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Verified Buyer


I’m fixing a old inexpensive banjo for a friend so I thought I go the extra mile and put a real skin on it. The install went perfectly. My only problem is the variation in color and texture. There are sections that are translucent and othe areas that are white. It’s quite functional, but for almost $30 it should have a better appearance.

5.0

Skinned that Banjo

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Verified Buyer


Had to to the stretch it myself skin as no premade skin would fit correctly. This worked well and was fairly easy after watching videos. You just have to make sure you stretch it enough to begin with so that the tension band does not have to be pulled down too far.

5.0

Excellent product

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Verified Buyer


Fabulous repair part

5.0

calf skins

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Verified Buyer


i like the thin skins that I get from Stewmac. I stain them with coffee grounds to get a 100 year old patina

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