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May 22, 2020 - 9:41:44 PM
89 posts since 12/11/2011

I would like to get a new banjo head to replace the broken one on my 2007 Gibson ESS banjo. Please let me know if anyone has a new one for sale or where I can get an exact replacement.


May 23, 2020 - 6:04 AM

beegee

USA

21610 posts since 7/6/2005

You probably will not find an identical Remo head. I am currently using American Made Banjo "pre-EPA" formula heads, which I find very satisfactory.

May 23, 2020 - 6:43:44 AM
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RioStat

USA

5181 posts since 10/12/2009

Your head is just a basic, standard 11", top frosted, high crown (possibly medium crown) Remo, available at a thousand different websites ( try Smakula, First Quality, Elderly Instruments, to name a few)

As Bob says, you probably wont find an "identical" head, as Remo seems to change their logo, and frosting formulations every now and then.

https://sullivanbanjo.com/collections/heads/products/remo-top-frosted-banjo-head?variant=19775532292

May 23, 2020 - 7:42:35 AM
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3012 posts since 5/29/2011

Since you are in Great Falls Montana, try Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments in Missoula.

http://gregboyd.com

Edited by - Culloden on 05/23/2020 07:44:24

May 23, 2020 - 8:52:16 AM
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Lew H

USA

2479 posts since 3/10/2008

If that spot is simply worn off frosting and not an actual hole through the head, just keep it. It a badge of your dedication to the banjo--a wonderful symbol!

May 23, 2020 - 1:58:37 PM

89 posts since 12/11/2011

Thanks, my banjo head is completely broken so I need to replace it.

I found a Remo that is top frosted, but does say Weatherking. I hope that is ok.

May 23, 2020 - 6:18:14 PM

12813 posts since 10/30/2008

Weatherking is an older brand name for Remo. You're good.

May 23, 2020 - 7:32:53 PM

HarleyQ

USA

3099 posts since 1/31/2005

Make sure it's not a "low" crown.

May 24, 2020 - 11:40:29 AM

89 posts since 12/11/2011

I meant the head does not say Weatherking.

May 24, 2020 - 11:44:11 AM

2486 posts since 4/16/2003

You want a medium-crown head. A low-crown head will leave the tension hoop "too high up".

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