This gorgeous Nextar banjo, that Tom Nechville made custom for me, is a UNIQUELY IDEAL PERFORMING ARTIST'S INSTRUMENT. One of the most frustrating aspects of playing banjo in a band is the difficult, time-consuming challenge of re-tuning a "floating bridge" instrument to a new capo position (while the rest of the band waits...). Even with a well-behaved capo, the traditional use of model railroad ties for the 5th string capo REQUIRES that this string be re-tuned, a process that can throw out the tuning of other strings as well due to even slight change of pressure on the bridge. THIS BANJO COMPLETELY SOLVES THE CAPO RETUNING PROBLEM, as is proven by the un-edited MP3 sample I have posted on my Banjo Hangout page that demonstrates several 3-5 second key changes up the neck with perfect intonation--without touching any tuning pegs.
First and foremost, THIS BANJO HAS EXCEPTIONAL SOUND QUALITY: many seasoned banjo players have told me this Nextar is the best-sounding Nechville they've ever heard: by far. Nechville's are often regarded as having a more mellow sound with less sustain than many high-end and historic banjos. The following design features were used to achieve a harmonically rich, full sound with lots of sustain that brings this banjo into the arena of the greats:
*Rim is made of Lignum Vitae, the hardest known wood, constructed the old block style way. This eliminates the need for the metal flat-ring normally installed in Nechvilles between the rim and ball bearings. This results in better harmonic coupling of tone ring to rim (less boundary loss) and more sustain.
*A skirt-less arch top tone ring was custom-machined for exceptional tone range and projection. THIS ARCH TOP HAS A VERY FULL SOUND, like a high-end flat top, with more harmonic ring and great sustain: so don't be put off by expecting the often "thin" sound of many arch tops.
*Alternating ceramic and stainless steel bearings are exposed below the tone ring, creating an additional sound path that adds to projection and a richer low end unlike typical arch tops.
Here is a list of other notable features on this one-of-a-kind banjo:
*Tunneled 5th string and sliding 5th capo allow 3-5 second key changes without re-tuning; and you'll enjoy a faster-playing neck without the fifth string tuning peg and model railroad ties in the way of fingering. Note: according to the Nechville web site, the sliding 5th string capo option is no longer available (probably due to its difficulty in manufacture), making this banjo very rare.
*Custom 2-tone pot with silver ribs over black background.
*Beautiful walnut burl resonator and headstock; neck is curly maple for best sustain.
*Schaller D-tuners installed.
*Two custom black strap buttons installed (no extra holes drilled) for easy strap attachment and removal.
*Custom headstock design and (at the time) non-standard inlay for easier fret identification on this fast compound-radius neck.
*Heli-mount design allows for uniquely quick and perfectly even tightening of the head, so you can easily keep this banjo sounding its best.
*Includes a new Superior hardshell case, Helimount tools and radius capo.
I have collected too many banjos over the years, and am now playing only bass in a band, not banjo. So this Nechville deserves a home with a performing artist who can benefit from its unique performance capabilities. I'm 70 years old, so hanging onto a more traditionally "bright" arch top works for my tired ears!
I hope a performing banjo player will take advantage of this rare banjo, offered at an amazingly low price for a banjo with these features in mint condition (I paid well over $6000 and spent many months as these features were evolved).
United States, Duvall, WA
Buyer pays shipping and insurance. Recommend USPS. Will ship in case with outer cushion box over it.
Escrow.com (50/50 Fee Split), Paypal
Payment Option Notes:
Buyer pays 3% PayPal fee.
Returns not accepted.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Mint Condition
'AC Fairbanks (Cole)' 4 min
'Dobro tune books' 2 hrs
'TB-250 rim' 2 hrs