Posted by nechville on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I am planning a video explaining the exact difference between 3 different kinds of Resonator banjos.
1. The standard "Mastertone" Design
2. Nechville's Flex-Tone banjo
3. Nechville's Heli-mount
I believe that you can never go overboard in explaining how things work. Even if you already understand all this, Hearing it again can inspire fresh ideas of your own and give you a better grasp on the subject.
Here is an excerpt.
Traditional Pot Test vs Flux mounted neck.
Bluegrass and traditional banjo music was built upon the cherished Mastertone design from the 20’s and 30’s. For decades, players endured the sometimes finicky aspects of banjo maintenance in search of the sparky sound of Scruggs and the Bluegrass masters. While Gibson is no longer making banjos, the unchanged design has been copied by countless banjo builders and remains popular to the present, seen in the hands of all the great masters from Earl to Bela. Speaking in their favor, they can be set up and adjusted to achieve different effects, they are generally loud and bright sounding with a bit of a sizzle to the tone. The iconic sound reminds us of the backroads and hills of Appalachia, and is great for the most traditional sound. Here is a typical good sounding example of a traditional old Mastertone. Tom picks out a short familiar BLUEGRASSY melody and briefly confirms the tone he was expecting. You may have a beauty somewhat similar to this with the sound and feel you love; If so, it’s hard to beat that. But if you are looking for something a little different or customized to your particular musical taste or playing style, technicians here at Nechville can help you with setup, repair and parts to get your banjo where you want it. Our main goal is to provide the optimal value in musical instruments. So especially for you lovers of the tradition, we not only have made the Traditional pot design affordably available from Nechville, we have introduced some major improvements that increase the value and utility of the Bluegrass banjo without disturbing its traditional essence. Edit Cut
I have learned over 40 years as a player and builder that the key to presenting the best banjo music from then and now is to have the perfect control interface for your preferred tone, in other words, a neck which gives you perfect control over the tone that you like best. Nechville is expert at building necks with ergonomic comfort and adjustability to your own preferences. The big news is that we can actually install such a neck on your own banjo body. Any Nechville neck can plug on to any old pot with the Flux Capacitor. CUT EDIT show flux A Flux-attached Nechville neck doubles the area of connection over older banjos. It seems like a good idea.
Let’s do a Nechville Flux Capacitor Neck exchange on this banjo and see if it will result in any tonal difference? (show fast motion clips of me taking apart and assembling the flux-ified banjo So here we have the same exact body but with a flux mounted Nechville Neck. (Play same song -the tone is slightly fuller and more Heli-mount like. Repeat first example followed once again by new neck.) The main benefit of the Flux mount to is to give a wide range of neck angle adjustment to facilitate low-action playing, even with a tall bridge. You also gain the advantage of being able to quickly remove the neck for travel or for use with a different body. The enhancement to tone is subtle, but noticeable to the player.
Have Tom demonstrate the process of taking the neck off as this is said, leading to next section.
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