This Nechville Vintage model was custom made by Nechville for Ross Nickerson, owner of BanjoTeacher.com. It's a little different from their Helimount Vintage Model. This one has the Traditional Gibson Mastertone style design with a 3 Ply Maple Rim, Flat Head Tone Ring and a one piece flange. Its a great sounding Bluegrass Banjo that features the beautiful workmanship with amazing neck and fretboard feel that Nechville is known for. This model features the Vintage Neck block inlay at the 15th fret like some of the early Gibson Mastertones. The inlay is in the tradition of the bold Flying Eagle Inlay with the intricacy and quality you'd expect from a Nechville Banjo.
I am on my second model and am playing it regularly so this one is not for sale. This would be a custom order. It's really a unique Nechvile with the straight traditional flat head tone ring, 3 ply maple rim, and one piece flange pot. It also has the flux capacitor neck (which makes time travel possible) no, not really but it does make airplane travel much easier if you want to remove the neck and put it in a suitcase. The neck comes off with an allen wrench without even removing the resonator or head. Ingenious.
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I'm honored that Tom Nechville built a custom signature model for me to perform with and carry at my teaching website BanjoTeacher.com. It's a traditional design with a 3 ply maple rim and flathead tone ring. The neck is perfect, it plays amazing and I can't tell you how impressed I am with the tone. I'm seriously blown away with the tone, it really has a bark to it, lots of volume and the traditional sound I'm looking for. It also features the easily removable neck that Tom calls the "flux capacitor". It's an ingenious invention that makes traveling much easier. The neck can be removed safely and effectively without even taking the resonator off. Who else could engineer something so practical without sacrificing structural integrity or stability, and most importantly tone. This banjo really sounds great. Tom is know for his modern innovations and this Traditional Nechville has the look and sound traditional players are looking for but also the sleek looks, easy neck and stable construction that you'd expect from a Nechville Banjo.
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