Please see our COVID-19 Statement
Skin Banjo Head

Skin Banjo Head

Skin Banjo Head

Item # 0522
In stock, ready to ship!

$33.06

+
 
Total:
Qty:
Scroll to Top

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.



CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


Video

Instructions

Product Instructions

How to install a skin banjo head with Dan Levenson

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

Customer Reviews

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Fair
  • Poor
Write a review
5.0
  • 4.88 average rating from 42 reviews
Sort by
Displaying 4 of 5
1 2 3 4 5
5.0

First time's a charm

By

Verified Buyer


I had never installed a skin banjo head before, but the project came out perfect. The instructions were easy to follow and the product was great. Thanks again , StewMac.

4.0

Banjo Parts

By

Verified Buyer


Am moving slowly on this, having never worked a banjo before, and this is a 100 year old instrument that was gifted to me by a friend. I do all my own work ref my instruments, which are all vintage from my days as a pro musician. Any time I have ordered parts from your outfit, I have been totally satisfied with my purchases. Ordering, easy, delivery, first class, parts, as advertised. NO problems with any of my requirements. Will get back to you with proper reviews when I have completed the work on this instrument. Would really appreciate some tips on banjo work. I follow all your workshop tips with interest and ALWAYS learn something. Keep up the good word, good service, and, hey, just keep it rockin' people, it works for me, every time. Thanks StewMac people, I WILL BE BACK. Billy Harrison (THEM)

5.0

Skin banjo head

By

Verified Buyer


It's not often that you get instructions that are easy to read, easy to follow and absolutely bang on. I thought that because I was fitting to a Windsor Zither banjo (1890) that I might have a problem or six. No way the whole operation took 2 hours, no blood, no tears and one heck of a lot of fun. Sounds good too. Thanks Stew Mac and Dan Levenson. Brilliant. Regards Mike

5.0

skin banjo head

By

Verified Buyer


after searching for a head for a 1926 gibson banjo ukelele i found out i would have to use the calf skin head.the directions at stewmac.com were excellent my project turned out great.thanks,
jay

5.0

Calfskin heads

By


I have just finished reparing 2 banjos a tennor and ukulele. Both were over a hundred years old,so modern head's would not fit,I had to use skin.The instructions were a relief to say the least and made for a successfull reheadding

5.0

Fiberskyn vs calfskin head

By

Verified Buyer


I replaced a Fiberskyn head with one of those calfskin heads on a Whyte Laydie pot assembly #0910. What a difference, that Whyte Laydie got a very sweet voice now ! Followed easily the joined mounting instructions. One more hint : that job can't be done in a hurry, take your time : let it dry out 24 h, then it will take some 2 or 3 weeks to settle in. After that it will stay stable in tune with Nylgut strings.

5.0

Calfskin Heads

By

Verified Buyer


Ordered 3 calfskins, all excellent and consistent quality. Thanks also for the fast shipping over the pond.

5.0

12" 1893 A.C.Fairbanks

By

Verified Buyer


Worked great on an antique 12" head.
Guessing the tension starting location of the flesh ring was tricky but got lucky and hit it on the first try.

5.0

Banjo Calf Skin

By

Verified Buyer


I am a first time putting on a calf skin head i was a little unsure of my self on doing this but Stew Mac showed me how to do it and do it well there products are the best you can buy they never leave you stranded and you can call and ask as many questions you need to ask. I am like this so well i am thinking of studying to be a luthier search no longer for the best, the best is here

5.0

MandoBanjo

By

Verified Buyer


Great quality skin for my 1921 MandoBanjo looks great sounds better

Displaying 4 of 5
1 2 3 4 5