We normally have at least twenty Nechville Banjo in the shop or on order, including open back and resonator banjos. We even have an exclusive "Turtle Hill" Nechville Phantom model. Before buying, contact us to get a quote; you'll probably save money! Please feel free to call us if you have any questions about Nechville banjos.
The Phantom series features a tunneled fifth string and is available is a variety of neck woods, inlays and bindings.
The Galaxy series of Phantoms features our popular Galaxy inlay.
The Photon is a Phantom all its own with a more traditional look: sleek inlay, white binding, and a nickel-plated Corona frame.
The perfect combination of wood, binding, and inlay combined with a pro 20 hole tone ring.
Beautiful and lightweight, the Athena has a sweet bell-like tone and is narrower than other Nechvilles.
Time-honored style meets new technology. The Classic is the best of both worlds.
Flex-tone attaches a Nechville neck to a "traditional" pot using our Flux Capacitor, but that's not the only Nechville technology it's holding.
Containing all of the features of our pro Heli-Mount line, the Orion adds premium wood appointments and a great classic aesthetic.
The Saturn is understated and packs a punch. It weighs less than eight pounds and is a joy to play with its radiused fingerboard.
A traditionally styled banjo packed with technical advancements, the Vintage incorporates modern technology with time tested style.
Like the Saturn and Athena, the Zeus is also extremely lightweight. It has more accurate 90 degree tuners and produces a lively sound from its maple neck.
Part of the Atlas series, the Atlantis looks like an old relic. It has a Fiberskyn head, binding, full scoop, and nice antiqued bronze.
The Atlas is our old time openback. It is extremely lightweight, is a joy to play, and has plenty of options to make it your own.
The Moonshine is our modern openback. Machined from a giant tube of high grade aluminum, it carries all the Heli-Mount advantages.
Enda PRO Tenor
These tenors are built in collaboration with Enda of We Banjo 3. They have all the features to create great sounding Irish music with style and comfort.
The Comet is the working musician's electric banjo. It allows for many different live and recording situations with its solid body and dual humbucker setup. Its radiused ebony fingerboard and comfortable neck makes it really fun to play.
Ready to plug into your DAW or GR-55 and have some fun? The Cosmos is an electric banjo with synth capabilities. The Cosmos has both 13 pin and 1/4 inch outputs and RMC piezo synth pickups, so you can get a great sound with the gear you already have.
The Meteor makes plugging in a breeze, and features a dual-source pickup system. Its piezo pickup allows you to blend acoustic sound into its electric banjo setup. It's also very light and easy to carry around.
The Universal has full synth capabilities as well as the Meteor's 6 inch head for those that like the Meteor aesthetic. Like the Cosmos, the inlay and body color are fully customizable.
It all began with Tom Nechville's dream: a better banjo. He would spend more time tweaking and setting up the instrument than actually playing it. He believed in a better way. Then it hit him: he would create a banjo that held even tension all the way around the head- with a mason jar like tightening system.
This became the patented Heli-Mount frame, which allows easy, quick and simple adjustments. The Heli-Mount frame has been the staple of Nechville's product line for over 30 years. The sound of a perfectly tensioned banjo head is remarkable: rich, deep, and sweet. The time spent changing the head transformed from an all afternoon event to a two minute spin.
Since that time in the late 1980s, Tom has made many other improvements to the banjo. These include an adjustable and removable neck connection that negates the need for coordinator rods. Also a compensated bridge, wooden armrest and radiused fingerboard. These are modern conveniences not traditionally found on the instrument. The result is cleaner sound and much easy adjustment.
Tightening or loosening the Heli-Mount banjo head is accomplished by turning a single threaded tensioning ring which fits inside the Heli-Mount frame.
Adjustments are made by rotating two Heli-Mount tensioning wrenches that plug into the back side of the tensioning ring. Nechville's revolutionary one-piece cast metal Heli-Mount banjo frame replaces over seventy miscellaneous pieces of hardware used in the construction of conventional hook-and-nut style banjos.
While regular banjos do not have effective neck angle adjustments, Nechville necks are easily adjusted for low or high bridges, without the need to remove the resonator. This is without any stress to the heel of the neck and tone components (tone ring, rim and head) of the banjo.
A solid connection between the neck and the body of the banjo is crucial to the sound of a banjo. A regular hook style banjo has a narrow heel and only connected in two relatively small areas, the Nechville neck heel is wider and intimately mated to the body of the instrument for a more solid feel. This translates into a banjo that stays in tune, can be played harder without overdriving it, and has plenty of sustain.
Nechville's Cyclotronic (ball bearing) system is standard on all of our Heli-Mount models and has several benefits.
The system is a set of bearings and a bearing race that interface between the tone ring (wood or metal) and the wood rim. It keeps the tone ring stationary while the head is tightened. The result is a more pleasing harmonic sustain and a seamless interface that allows sound to be spread to our three ply maple ring.