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Dec 3, 2023 - 5:10:06 PM
7 posts since 11/15/2023

Hello, and thank you all in advance for your help!

I recently purchased a used AC-1, and the head is slightly stretched/tearing right next to the neck. I am looking to replace it, potentially with a renaissance head, but I am not sure which crown/collar height to buy. I cannot find the factory specifications for the remo that comes on the AC-1, so I don't know whether it is a low (3/8"), medium (7/16"), or high (1/2"). Does anyone know?

I'm also curious if anyone else has tried a renaissance on their AC-1 and if they like the sound (I am currently playing clawhammer on La Bella 17s and I really like the sound of the nylon).

Thank you!

Dec 3, 2023 - 7:33:43 PM

7 posts since 11/15/2023

And I think I may have answered my own question by making the measurements myself - it looks like the current head has a medium (7/16") crown.

As a follow-up, how would picking a high (1/2") crown affect the sound, if at all?

Dec 3, 2023 - 9:21:46 PM
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5516 posts since 5/29/2011

It wouldn't affect the sound but it will affect how high the tension hoop sits. A high crown head will let the tension hoop pull down further which might be a problem if it bottoms out in the neck notch.

Dec 4, 2023 - 3:29:08 AM
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259 posts since 12/7/2007

I replaced the original head on my AC-1 Traveler, with a low crown, fiberskyn head, and, to my untrained eye, it appears to be fit correctly. Not 100% sure that your AC-1 has the same (flat bar) tension hoop though. The Gold Tone website has a contact number listed, and via that, I’ve gotten answers/help with several questions. It might be worth giving them a call. (Hope this helps.)

Dec 4, 2023 - 4:26:14 AM
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7 posts since 11/15/2023

Thank you both for the helpful info!

Dec 4, 2023 - 4:42:32 AM
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324 posts since 6/5/2006

GoldTone's Specifications for the Acoustic Composite AC-1 says: "Head: 11" Remo LC Frosted" which means a Low Crown. A medium crown might also work.

Edited by - restreet on 12/04/2023 04:43:26

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