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Skin Banjo Head

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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How to install a skin banjo head

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

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5.0

Cleaning up 1920's SuperTone Amateur  5A

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Years ago my wife had this banjo passed down to her by her favorite Uncle and while doing a little cleaning the skin got wet and ripped. for years it hung on the wall down stairs. I found this site and watched the movie and read the instructions and the skin replacement came out Great. Stewarts has the best customer service going above and beyond! The post office lost the first order and they sent another one out right away and the first order showed up Matt told me to keep the extra skin as a gift.

5.0

great product

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Verified Buyer


Helpful instructions but difficult nonetheless on a 1920s Vega six string. Hopefully my skills will be better next time

4.0

Could be whiter

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Verified Buyer


The skin is great. Went on as expected. But I was a bit disappointed when it dried to a rather off white color. I was expecting something pristine white like a drum head. Maybe I should not have expected that.

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.

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