Top Frosted Banjo Head

$30.00

This is the most popular head made for a 5-string banjo. It is crisp, bright with good snap, not too much sustain, good clarity and note distinction.

 

Head diameter: 11 inches

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Goodtime Banjo Head Change Package

$39.95

Do you want to maintain a beautiful sounding Goodtime banjo? Or would you like to give it a new look?

Spruce up your banjo, it's sound, and customize the look of your banjo with this package. The Goodtime Banjo Head Change Package includes the necessities for changing your banjo head with ease.

  • High Crown Banjo Head of Your Choice
  • T-Wrench 9/32"
  • String Winder
  • 1 Set of Deering Banjo Strings of Choice
  • Goodtime 5/8" Banjo Bridge
For Goodtime banjos only. Will not fit Deering, Vega, and Tenbrooks banjos.

Option to upgrade to our new Deering Smile Bridge Available!

THE WIDE SELECTION OF BANJO HEADS TO CHOOSE FROM:

Top Frosted- The most popular head made for a 5-string banjo. Crisp bright with a good snap, not too much sustain, good clarity and note distinction.

Black-Mellow in tone with long sustain, lots of low frequency response and not a crisp as a clear or bottom frosted head. More sustain that the fiberskyn.

Renaissance-Smooth top & opaque honey color. Tone is a brighter than found in the fiberskyn head. Another favorite of old time clawhammer players.

Fiberskyn-Warm, round character. A favorite with old time clawhammer players.

Clear-Sweet tone with clear distinction and long sustain, a bit less bass response than the bottom frosted head.

Prism-Showy appearance with smooth surface like a black head but brighter in tone, popular for tenor, plectrum,and Crossfire banjos both for tone and appearance.

Kevlar-Tends to emphasize the high frequencies like you would hear in an archtop banjo, stiffer with a surface texture like an orange peel. This head sustains well and is crisp. It is sweet and strong on the six string banjos. 

Bottom Frosted-Popular with tenor and plectrum banjoists because the smooth outer surface is quieter when strumming. The head has good bass response. 

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Deering Banjo Head Change Package

$59.95

Get your banjo back to mint condition.

Do you want to maintain a beautiful sound for your Deering banjo? Upgrading your head type will customize your banjo's voice and spruce up it's look.  

This package is perfect for the player who wants to maintain a beautiful sound on their Deering Banjo by replacing the Top Frosted head, or try a new one for a custom look and voice.

This package includes the necessities for changing your banjo head. 

  • Medium Crown Banjo Head of your choice
  • *New* Deering 5/8" Smile Bridge
  • T-Wrench
  • String winder
  • Set of Banjo Strings of Choice
For Deering, Vega, and Tenbrooks Banjos only. Will not fit Goodtime Banjos.

*Deering Smile Bridge type included will complement your string selection*

Deering’s new patent-pending Smile™ Banjo Bridge is created to fit into the natural curve created on a banjo head when under string tension. This relieves the stress found in a traditional bridge allowing the Smile™ Bridge to vibrate without constriction. The result is an instantly fuller and more expressive midrange, less constricted low end frequencies, and a wonderful balance across all strings.

THE WIDE SELECTION OF BANJO HEADS TO CHOOSE FROM:

Top Frosted- The most popular head made for a 5-string banjo. Crisp bright with a good snap, not too much sustain, good clarity and note distinction.

Black-Mellow in tone with long sustain, lots of low frequency response and not a crisp as a clear or bottom frosted head. More sustain that the fiberskyn.

Renaissance-Smooth top & opaque honey color. Tone is a brighter than found in the fiberskyn head. Another favorite of old time clawhammer players.

Fiberskyn-Warm, round character. A favorite with old time clawhammer players.

Clear-Sweet tone with clear distinction and long sustain, a bit less bass response than the bottom frosted head.

Prism-Showy appearance with smooth surface like a black head but brighter in tone, popular for tenor, plectrum,and Crossfire banjos both for tone and appearance.

Kevlar-Tends to emphasize the high frequencies like you would hear in an arch top banjo, stiffer with a surface texture like an orange peel. This head sustains well and is crisp. It is sweet and strong on the six string banjos. 

Bottom Frosted-Popular with tenor and plectrum banjoists because the smooth outer surface is quieter when strumming. The head has good bass response. 

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Kavanjo™ Banjo Pickup

$249.00

The Kavanjo Banjo Pickup System is a magnetic humbucking pickup and jack suspended from a customized mylar head. This is the newest and we believe the most effective way to amplify ANY banjo, while maintaining the instruments authentic characteristics.

Use your own banjo! Requires no pre-amp! Made in the USA!
Everything is in the head so just change the head and you have a pickup installed!

"The banjo is a fairly loud instrument acoustically but very difficult to amplify. Through a mic the banjo often sounds harsh and thin. Most banjo pickups over emphasize the treble tone of the instrument and miss the tonal depth. The Kavanjo pickup gets it just right....your banjo only louder! When I am playing a concert with Doc Watson we often play for 2000 people, sometimes and many as 250,000. A mic just won't deliver the full tonal range of the banjo when it is cranked for giant audiences. Even in these extreme situations the Kavanjo performs perfectly. It allows me to keep the banjo in the mix even when Doc is plugged in and at high volume.

Thank goodness there is finally a great pickup that amplifies the tonal warmth and power of the banjo!″ - David Holt

Head diameter: 11 inches

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Black Banjo Head

$30.00

The Deering black banjo head is strikingly different, this head is somewhat mellow in tone with long sustain, lots of low frequency response (bass) and not as crisp as a clear or bottom frosted head. More sustain than the fiberskyn and not plunky at all.

Head diameter: 11 inches

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Fiberskyn Banjo Head

$33.75

A favorite with old time, claw hammer, and frailing players. It is preferred for its warm, round character. It tends to have a more plunky sound.

Head diameter: 11 inches

*New* Now available in 12 inch

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Renaissance Banjo Head

$31.00

Renaissance banjo heads are a favorite of old time / clawhammer banjoists. A renaissance banjo head features a smooth top and opaque antique white color. This type of head is less bright sounding than a top frosted white head but brighter than a fiberskyn head.

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Bottom Frosted Banjo Head

$30.00

This head is very popular with tenor and plectrum banjoists because the smooth outer surface is quieter when strumming. The head has good bass response and sustains more.

Head diameter: 11 inches

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Clear Banjo Head

$31.00

This banjo head has clear distinction and long sustain, a bit less bass response that the bottom frosted head. 

 

Head diameter: 11 inches

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Kevlar Banjo Head

$35.00

Kevlar tends to emphasize the high frequencies like you would hear in an archtop banjo. It is stiffer with a surface texture like an orange peel. This head sustains well and is crisp. It is sweet and strong on the six string banjos. 

Head diameter: 11 inches

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Prism Banjo Head

$33.00

Showy appearance and a bit like the black head in tone - but brighter. A popular head for tenor, plectrum, and Crossfire electric banjos both for tone and appearance.

Head diameter: 11 inches

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"This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces it to Surrender" Banjo Head

$69.50

These custom heads are available with this very special design which is similar to the design on the banjo head Pete Seeger has performed with all around the world for many years.

The head is made of a smooth white mylar and printed in beautiful color by Remo's custom head designs.

The printing is designed so that the Deering logo is positioned under the tailpiece and the lettering can be read when played right handed.  On Left Handed banjos the Deering logo can be installed by the neck so that the lettering can be read when it is played.

The proceeds above our cost were going directly to Pete Seeger before he passed in gratitude for the many years of great folk music he has given to the world. They now go to The Pete Seeger family. Pete Seeger in no way or fashion, endorsed this banjo head. Greg Deering has taken it upon himself to do this project for the benefit of Pete Seeger with no strings attached.

Some of the organizations Pete Seeger supports are the Hudson River Clearwater Revival, which has made great headway cleaning up the water of the Hudson River, and  Sing Out Magazine.  Own a piece of this great folk movement toward building a better life together through music.

Head diameter: 11 inches

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