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Elite Amber Banjo Heads

Elite Amber Banjo Heads

11" low crown

Item # 0498-L
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$23.08

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11" high crown

Item # 0498-H
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$20.91

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12" high crown

Item # 0499-H
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$26.44

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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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5.0

Impressive, my banjo has a brand new sound!

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Armed with some youtube videos, I replaced the head on my cheap Samick banjo. I also tried my luck at replacing some fret wire, along with a new tailpiece.

It all went very well. I was careful to correctly measure the old head, watch those videos and make sure you get the correct crown height.

The results were quite astonishing. What was a cheap, bad sounding banjo was turned into a bright, loud, and very clear sounding instrument that is much easier to play. I slowly tightened the head to get a g# tone, holy cow is all I can say. I never dreamed this old thing could sound like it does now.

This was well worth the effort and cost of parts. If you have some basic tools and some repair knowledge and skills, you can do this too.

5.0

banjo parts

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Quick response, fast shipping, great product. Thanks

5.0

Exactly what I needed.

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Had a fiberskin head on my Chuck Lee Ovilla, but it just didn’t cut it. The Elite Amber head from Stew-Mac did the trick. Thank you. Great sound.

4.0

it works

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It's kinda cheap looking because of its sloppy craftsmanship. The only flaw is aesthetics though. Fits right, tunes right, sounds right.

5.0

excellent service

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Verified Buyer


I ordered the wrong crown height banjo head. I returned the one I ordered and Stewart MacDonald sent me the one I needed. I am very satisfied with the service provided. I received what I ordered and they corrected my mistake in a timely manner. I recommend Stewart MacDonald for all musical supplies.

Larry Maxwell

5.0

Beautiful!

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Verified Buyer


Exactly what I was looking for!

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

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