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Nechville: Phantom

Submitted by pschulte on 8/2/2011

Where Purchased:

Year Purchased: 2004
Price Paid: Don't Remember historic exchange rates / currency converter


My style of playing has evolved from driving bluegrass to a mix of bluegrass, folk, and old time. And I'm getting tired of hauling two banjo's around for different styles of music. I presented the challenge to Tom Nechville and he quickly adjusted the heli mount system to just the right sound. Now I only need one banjo to meet all my needs.

Sound Rating: 10


The sound was perfect for my style of play in 2004. My style of play has shifted, but with a few adjustments, it still sounds perfect. Suggestion: Try removing your resonator to vary the sound and finding a balance for different styles of music and better interaction with other players. The banjo does not have to be the loudest instrument in the jam.

Setup Rating: 10


I get lots of comments about the beauty of the instrument, especially about the burried 5th string. Once you get used to it, you never want to go back.

Appearance Rating: 10


I've been playing my Nechville since 2004 and will never go back to a banjo with all the traditional parts and problems.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Everyone at Nechville did a great job of making me feel welcome. They even make great coffee.

Customer Service: 10


Tom only uses top quality parts and leverages new technology whenever possible to make the "machines" more reliable when traveling and playing.

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

I am very impressed with what Tom and his team have created. A beautiful, dependable, great sounding instrument. He has the most comfortable playing neck in the industry and great customer service. Paul S. - Lakeland MN

Overall Rating: 10

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