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Nechville: Phantom

Submitted by Banjo Island on 6/26/2007

Where Purchased: Tenncorn Music, Cornwall

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


The banjo lacks that brash "in-your-face" tone common in bluegrass, in favour of a subtler unique tone I've not heard on another banjo. Difficult to describe, other that to say that it gets noticed (in a good way)

Sound Rating: 10


I bought it 2 months ago, and haven't felt the need to change anything. The unique design of the Nechville, however fills me with the confidence that I could easily change things around and experient if I felt like it

Setup Rating: 10


This banjo sold itself to me almost entirely on looks. I wasn't after a new banjo, but bought it anyway. It's a simple modern design with the non-inlaid fretboard, tunnelled 5th string, contemporary headstock design, and the contrast of the wood combined with the black metalwork make this banjo a work of art as much as an instrument. Truly gorgeous to behold!

Appearance Rating: 10


Feels like it'll last forever.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Met Tom Nechville at a festival and he was an absolutely top bloke. Very friendly and helpful, and gave my banjo the onceover, tweaked a few things, and decided it was perfectly set up to begin with.

Customer Service: 10


The frets seem rather soft and already show some wear, but this banjo has been played an awful lot in its short life.
I miss having Keith Tuners on the 2nd and 3rd, but wouldn't want to put some of this banjo as that would look too weird.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This banjo is stunning. It seems to commands a lot of attention from other banjo players, which may suit some more that others. I was initially worried that the plain neck, displaced 5th string tuner, and radius may take some getting used to in terms of playing the thing, but haven't found that to be the case. The neck is sligtly wider that on other banjos I've played, which gives my big hands quite a stretch for thumbing the 5th string, and that could be a consideration for others.

Overall Rating: 10

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