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.
The Nechville Saturn may be the world's lightest professional-level resonator banjo (this one weighs in at 7 lbs 12.8 oz). Thanks to its Timbr-Tronic wood tone ring, the Saturn achieves a great bluegrass sound at a fraction of the weight of a traditional resonator banjo with a heavy bronze tone ring. The Timbr-Tronic only weighs about four ounces, so it is roughly four pounds lighter than a standard Bronze tone ring. While the wood tone ring definitely helps deliver more warmth and richness, it doesn't necessarily affect the sound the way you might think. There's a unique timbre in the highs suitable for driving bluegrass or dixieland jazz (and everything in between).
The Saturn also features many of Nechville's innovative modern banjo designs. If you haven't experienced what is possible with Nechville's innovations, you're missing out. The Saturn 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. Plus, the Saturn features a slick in-line tailpiece, a comfort-beveled armrest, and a Walnut resonator, which yields a balanced, warm sound.
This Nechville Saturn (serial #2756) comes with 5th string spikes installed at the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th frets. Nechville's innovative designs allow you push banjo setup to a new level, and as a result, this Saturn is a banjo that will push your playing to a new level as well. Access Gig Bag Included.