Weatherking Banjo Head

Weatherking Banjo Head

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High crown, 11" dia

Item # 1100-H
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$18.85

3 or more $16.78
6 or more $15.27

High crown, 10-7/8" dia

Item # 1014-H
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$24.25

3 or more $21.58
6 or more $19.64
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High crown, 10-3/4" dia

Item # 1012-H
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$24.27

3 or more $21.60
6 or more $19.66
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Medium crown, 11" dia

Item # 1100-M
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$18.85

3 or more $16.78
6 or more $15.27
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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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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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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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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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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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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!

5.0

Size sticker

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

5.0

Positive

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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.

5.0

Weatherking Banjo Head

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

Great Product

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Good Head just fits my home-made shell

5.0

Good head, funky finish

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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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