For the last 30 years, banjo designer Tom Nechville has pushed the limits of the 5-string template to maximize its sound, playability, and overall potential. With the Classic Deluxe model, Nechville combines his 21st century innovations with the timeless style of a traditional bluegrass banjo.
This Classic Deluxe starts with Nechville's Heli-Mount design and Cyclotronic system. The Heli-Mount revolutionizes banjo setups by allowing for even, uniform tension adjustment of the head. Adjusting with the Heli-Mount is not only fast, but it’s extremely accurate so there's no need for endless tapping and back-and-forth guesswork. The Cyclotronic system facilitates the easy setup of the Heli-Mount by using brass ball bearings as the rim/tone ring interface.
On top of that, Nechville offers by far the most effective neck adjustment on banjos. Unlike traditional banjos which use alignment rods, the Nechville Quick-Cam Neck Connection uses a simple hex-key adjustment on the neck heel to adjust the neck angle and action. When you add a radius fingerboard for improved playability and a compensated saddle for proper intonation, there’s no question the Nechville banjo is a superior instrument for 21st Century banjo pickers.
This Nechville Classic Deluxe (#2849) features a gorgeous Curly Maple resonator, matching Curly Maple neck, an upgraded Cocobolo fingerboard, Renaissance Head, and Nechville's new Hybrid Wood/Brass tone ring. The Hybrid is Nechville's newest design, and it looks like the familiar all-wood Timber-Tronic ring with a soft metal hoop on the edge that comes into contact with the head. This adds a familiar metallic chime and just enough mass to increase the depth of sound.
Overall, this Classic Deluxe is a professional-level bluegrass banjo that can cut and push a string band through fast-paced numbers. Nevertheless, it has more depth than you'd expect. Thanks to the Hybrid tone ring, it has a warmer, more resonant quality and tons of subtlety that allows you to explore wider landscapes than traditional bluegrass. Nevertheless, it's got that drive when you need it. Plus, it is dressed to the nines—just what you want from a proper bluegrass banjo—and like every Nechville, it is designed to keep up with your playing, no matter where you need it to go.
This Nechville Classic Deluxe comes with 5th string spikes at the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th frets. It includes all of the necessary tools for setup adjustment and a hardshell case.