Nechville - Athena - Professional Lighter Weight Banjo

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Nechville Athena Lightweight Wood Rim Banjo

As beautiful and elegant as its mythical namesake, the Athena is substantially lighter light in weight but with no loss of tone. It is sonically bold and dripping with tone.

The radiused neck is sleek and comfortable. Being slightly narrower than most of our necks, it is easy to get your hand around no matter the length of your fingers. The inspiring Heart Blossom inlay sparkles in abalone and pearl, with a story of friendship and love. The perfect finish on the walnut neck and resonator highlights work of the highest quality, and as efficiently light as it is, you'll enjoy playing it for hours.

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase Free Professional Set Up
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase Free 5th String Capo Spikes Installed
  • Best beginner Banjo Book Five Ross Nickerson DVDs
  • Free Banjo Lessons Online with Banjo Purchase Free LIFETIME Platinum Lesson Site Access
  • Free Banjo Case and Gig Bags with Banjo Purchase Free Hard Shell Nechville Banjo Case
  • Free US Banjo Shipping Free US Banjo Shipping
  • Shipping a Banjo Overseas from the US $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
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Nechville Banjos Set Up

  • All Nechville Banjos purchased are delivered to you professionally set up and ready to play.
  • 5th string Capo Spikes at the 7th 9th and 10th frets are installed FREE on any Nechville model purchased at It's always OK to request capo spikes installed at different frets too.
  • Hard shell Case and Shipping is complimentary on all Nechville Banjos

Athena Features

  • Premium Seasoned Black Walnut Neck and Resonator
  • Natural Clear Gloss Finish
  • Durable Black Eclipse Heli-Mount Frame
  • 7-12" Compound Radius Comfortable Neck Profile
  • Deluxe Black Binding with Decorative White Stripe
  • Heart Blossom Inlay
  • Premium Right Angle High Ratio Tuning Machines
  • Timbr-Tronic Exotic Wood Cap Tone Ring Plus Nechville's exclusive Cyclotronic Rolling Rim Pot System with Lightweight Tone Spheres
  • 3 Ply Maple Rim
  • Hard Shell Case, with Adjustment Tools and Manual
  • Renaissance HeadFree with this Banjo

Free with the Nechville Athena Banjo
This banjo includes 5 Ross Nickerson DVDs, Free LIFETIME Platinum Lesson Site Access, TKL Professional Hard Shell Banjo Case, Free Professional Set-up, Free 5th String Capo Installation and Free US Shipping. It's OK to make substitutions for free items or receive credit for any free items offered too.

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Upon striking your first notes, you'll be surprised by the lively, full bodied notes that emerge. This is the sound more banjos should have – rich, saturated, powerful tone. It is as if the banjo doesn't know its lighter than it is. But you will be happy every time you pick it up, and your back will be happy too.

The Nechville in-line tailpiece is adjustable three different ways, and remember that this is a Heli-Mount. It is quickly customizable for any style or custom setup.
Now you know why Nechville Heli-mounts are described as stable and versatile yet simple and elegantly beautiful.

Heli-Mount Features Include:

  • Patented Heli-Mount Frame
  • Adjustable Radiused Neck Attachment
  • Stainless Steel Two Way Truss Rod
  • Extra Wide, Long Lasting Frets
  • Nechville's Supreme Quality Finish
  • GHS Strings: .010, .012, .014, .022, .010
  • Remo Medium Crown Head
  • Side Position Dots
  • Nechville In-Line Tailpiece
  • Nechville Enterprise Bridge
  • Detailed Owner's Manual (Also Available for Download)
  • Heli-Mount and Allen Wrenches,
  • Lifetime Warranty

Oct 15, 2021
Nechville Athena
I just received my Nechville Athena from (Ross Nickerson). The banjo is truly awesome! Came in with no high or low frets, neck bow at 0.008" and action a tad high at 0.080" which I opted to bring down to 0.070" by adjusting the neck pivot at the heel. The Nechville neck pivot system operates just as smoothly and easily as advertised and this was a 5 minute adjustment including the time it took for me to read the instructions. This banjo just rings and sustains like crazy without having harsh harmonics and still maintains a plucky sound. Head tension is great. So nice to get an instrument that doesn't require a lot of re-work! It turns out that the neck does have a bit of colored abalone inlay so it seems slightly more embellished than a stock unit (maybe not but the inlay really sets the neck off). I've got 5 other banjos: 2 Gold Tone acoustics, one Gold Tone electric, one Bishline Clermont and a Nechville Athena maple custom. They are all great. The tone, weight and volume vary but all can produce an authentic banjo sound. The Nechvilles excel in many areas including ease of adjustment, variety of adjustments, compensated bridge and a very modern appearance including the wooden hand guard. Most of my banjo's were bought from Ross and he was able to get me the instruments I wanted on time at a fair price. Happy customer here!

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