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Oct 1, 2020 - 11:47:53 AM
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12 posts since 6/20/2007

Would it be appropriate to mount a clear Head on my Gibson gold RB250 or remove some of the Cache?

Oct 1, 2020 - 12:06:53 PM

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It wouldn't hurt to mount a clear head on it. The only thing I really disliked about using a clear head was the way it scratched up so badly. That may have been due to unrefined picking technique but it sure became an eyesore after a while.

Oct 1, 2020 - 12:09:04 PM

514 posts since 2/6/2018

Ultimately, it's your banjo and how you like it to sound - so the decision is all yours. I had a clear head on my banjo once....for my tastes....it was too dull and missing the punch and crispness of a traditional frosted head. But again, that's me. If you like it, by all means, have at it.

Oct 1, 2020 - 12:34:35 PM
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Originally posted by Culloden

It wouldn't hurt to mount a clear head on it. The only thing I really disliked about using a clear head was the way it scratched up so badly. That may have been due to unrefined picking technique but it sure became an eyesore after a while.


Thanks, I noticed ths  wear on another Banjo and did not care for the scratched appearance either. I believe I'll stick with the sweet tone i now have. Thanks for the Feedback. I have a fairly old head with a pretty heavy coating and the wear line from the supporting fingers has put a wear strip into it about4 inches long.The rest of the head is fine, so I'm good to go, thanks for the feed back. Pete

Oct 1, 2020 - 12:37:30 PM

12 posts since 6/20/2007

Thanks Guys, appreciate the advice.

Oct 1, 2020 - 12:40:23 PM

12 posts since 6/20/2007

quote:
Originally posted by MoJoBanjo

Ultimately, it's your banjo and how you like it to sound - so the decision is all yours. I had a clear head on my banjo once....for my tastes....it was too dull and missing the punch and crispness of a traditional frosted head. But again, that's me. If you like it, by all means, have at it.


Thanks for the advice. I'm going with the one i have for now, Pete

Oct 1, 2020 - 12:48:21 PM

514 posts since 2/6/2018

Best of luck, Pete. Make sure you have good head tension and it sounds like what you have has plenty of tread left to carry you many miles.
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Originally posted by MoJoBanjo

Ultimately, it's your banjo and how you like it to sound - so the decision is all yours. I had a clear head on my banjo once....for my tastes....it was too dull and missing the punch and crispness of a traditional frosted head. But again, that's me. If you like it, by all means, have at it.


Thanks for the advice. I'm going with the one i have for now, Pete


Oct 1, 2020 - 3:34:14 PM
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banjonz

New Zealand

11021 posts since 6/29/2003

Some folk like the 'worn' look of their top frosted heads. Its sort of a 'badge of honour'. I personally don't like clear heads. They look tacky because many come with cheap Asian banjos attached. Also I dislike the tone I get from them. Just my 2c worth.

Oct 1, 2020 - 7:16:50 PM
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1445 posts since 4/13/2017

I love that worn strip. Even the brand new banjos I build, I really want to see that there haha

Oct 2, 2020 - 6:51:21 PM
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Lew H

USA

2563 posts since 3/10/2008

I'll add a sort anecdote here. I have an open back banjo with a clear head. I switched to that when my frosted head ripped, and the only head available in my small town was a clear one. After some time, I bought one of the tunes made for guitar sound holes (some resonator banjo pickers mount them on the flange), and placed it inside the pot. I can see it through the head. My wife jokes that she put the clear head on the banjo so that I would get dressed before starting to pick in the morning.

Oct 3, 2020 - 12:42:58 AM

TechD

USA

91 posts since 5/9/2008

quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I personally don't like clear heads. They look tacky because many come with cheap Asian banjos attached.

Also I dislike the tone I get from them. Just my 2c worth.


My "cheap Asian banjo", a '70's Ibanez Artist, came with a frosted head, but I quickly replaced it with a clear head.  I've always liked the brighter sound it helps create.  With the addition of a Tennessee Twenty tone ring, it sounds great.  

 

That's my $0.02

Oct 3, 2020 - 12:32:42 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11021 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by TechD
quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I personally don't like clear heads. They look tacky because many come with cheap Asian banjos attached.

Also I dislike the tone I get from them. Just my 2c worth.


My "cheap Asian banjo", a '70's Ibanez Artist, came with a frosted head, but I quickly replaced it with a clear head.  I've always liked the brighter sound it helps create.  With the addition of a Tennessee Twenty tone ring, it sounds great.  

 

That's my $0.02


I have owned two 70's Ibanez Artists and don't consider them in the same class as the 'cheapy' Asian ones. It all boils down to the preference of sound one likes.

Oct 3, 2020 - 5:48:04 PM

TechD

USA

91 posts since 5/9/2008

quote:
Originally posted by banjonz
quote:
Originally posted by TechD
quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I personally don't like clear heads. They look tacky because many come with cheap Asian banjos attached.

Also I dislike the tone I get from them. Just my 2c worth.


My "cheap Asian banjo", a '70's Ibanez Artist, came with a frosted head, but I quickly replaced it with a clear head.  I've always liked the brighter sound it helps create.  With the addition of a Tennessee Twenty tone ring, it sounds great.  

 

That's my $0.02


I have owned two 70's Ibanez Artists and don't consider them in the same class as the 'cheapy' Asian ones. It all boils down to the preference of sound one likes.


I don't consider it a "cheap Asian banjo" either.  It was a joke.  I've had mine since 1997 and will never let it go.  

I actually had a very expensive, custom built banjo, made by Larry Cohea, but I sold that one to some guy visiting from Germany for $4,500, and kept the Artist for myself. cheeky  

My banjo instructor referred to my Artist as a "Beach Banjo".  A term I never appreciated.  

Oct 3, 2020 - 6:48:43 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11021 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by TechD
quote:
Originally posted by banjonz
quote:
Originally posted by TechD
quote:
Originally posted by banjonz

I personally don't like clear heads. They look tacky because many come with cheap Asian banjos attached.

Also I dislike the tone I get from them. Just my 2c worth.


My "cheap Asian banjo", a '70's Ibanez Artist, came with a frosted head, but I quickly replaced it with a clear head.  I've always liked the brighter sound it helps create.  With the addition of a Tennessee Twenty tone ring, it sounds great.  

 

That's my $0.02


I have owned two 70's Ibanez Artists and don't consider them in the same class as the 'cheapy' Asian ones. It all boils down to the preference of sound one likes.


I don't consider it a "cheap Asian banjo" either.  It was a joke.  I've had mine since 1997 and will never let it go.  

I actually had a very expensive, custom built banjo, made by Larry Cohea, but I sold that one to some guy visiting from Germany for $4,500, and kept the Artist for myself. cheeky  

My banjo instructor referred to my Artist as a "Beach Banjo".  A term I never appreciated.  


I can understand that. I have always though many of the 70 Japanese banjos (Ibanez included) were excellent instruments for the money. I have played quite a number and some were not good at all.

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