Functional design, comfort and playability make Nechvilles stand
apart. and that’s why we are so popular with experienced players
who usually already own nice regular banjos. Many have heard
about Nechville, but they get more interesting the closer you
Originating in the mid 1980s, Nechville Musical
Products has blossomed into a world leader of banjo innovation and
design. As a fully integrated manufacturer of several styles of
banjos, Nechville holds patents on Helical mounted or Heli-mount banjos.
Nechville is also responsible for the newest trend in banjos
known as Flex-Tones. This gives traditionally made hook and
nut style banjo bodies a chance to live on, mounted to an adjustable
Nechville neck via the patented “Flux Capacitor” neck
connection. Nechville has not only advanced the modern banjo, but
introduced new improvements to the Bluegrass, Old-time and
Traditional worlds. FLUX-Mounted necks have given openback and
traditional bluegrass players infinitely more control over their set
up and playing style while adding the benefit of portability. With
Nechville’s neck system, the action is easily adjustable and the
neck pops off for easy packing and travel.
Every component of the banjo has been evaluated and optimized
for top performance by Nechville. For example, The Enterprise
Bridge is uniquely shaped, weighted and measured for repeatable
in-tune performance. TheNechville Inline
Tailpiece offers more efficient string vector pull with fewer
parts and no need for fasteners. Nechville re-engineered the armrest
for beveled comfort in gorgeous figured woods. Nechville necks are
optimized for glitch free performance with perfect conical radius
fingerboard and perfectly dressed frets. The many conveniences and
sound freeing aspects of “Heli-mount-ing ” the tone ring and
head as opposed to a banjo held together with 80 or more extra parts
are truly “revolutionary” to anyone familiar with the old, heavy,
standard banjos. Nechville’s Top-of-the-line offers his own patented
“Capo-bility” system. A complete built-in capo that is always
there and goes to every fret including the zero fret without
Nechville designed accessories are also available such as the all
new dual pickup, three control, banjo amplification system called
the Crescendo Acoustic Harness. The Nechville factory is now
equipped with state-of -the-art turning and machining facilities for
producing the world’s best precision tone rings. Distributor
and builder inquiries are invited. Straps, caps, shirts, capos,
expert service and parts, as well as Tom’s book, The
Dynamics of Banjo Sound are all a part of Nechville’s
offerings. If you are a collector of Gibsons or some other
traditional name banjo, you may also want to inquire with Tom about
his Vintage Collection.
Nechville fulfills the needs of all performers from the grass roots
all the way to top entertainers with their high quality, thought-out
and trouble-free designs. Steve Martin continues to expand the
profile of the banjo with his custom Nechville Orion resonator
banjo. New solutions developed by Nechville originally for Bela
Fleck, Alison Brown and the Dixie Chicks have helped open
doors to banjo popularity. Nechville has custom designed
banjos for the hit Broadway musical, “Once”. The Meteor Electric Banjo continues
to project the banjo’s sound into millions of ears through top
country groups like Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban,
Springsteen’s band, Zac Brown, The Hollies, Big & Rich and others.
Nechville started in Tom’s home garage shop in the 1980′s. Early
prototypes of the Heli-mount banjo were introduced in Nashville in
1989 and sales began slowly in the 90′s. Tom moved into an
office/shop headquarters converted from a 1930′s farmhouse in 2001.
The location served them well for a few years until the city
purchased the Nechville building due to street widening in 2005,
paving the way for an expansion into a more productive
factory/warehouse and office.
The current home of Nechville Musical Products is a 13,000 sq foot
industrial / office / retail building located at 9700 Humboldt Ave.
S., Bloomington, MN 55431.
The latest Nechville expansion was the acquisition of Woodhaven
Industries, The nation’s top tone ring producer. Now NMP is geared
for OEM Tone ring production giving Nechville a firm vertical
integration in the growing banjo market.
The goal of Nechville Musical Products is to
innovate to meet the changing needs of modern musicians. Reducing
nearly seventy parts of a traditional banjo to two has
benefited thousands of Heli-Mount players with time saving and
purer banjo sound. Tom’s electric banjos and pickups continue to
find solutions and feed the evolution of the banjo. Nechville is
eager to build the instrument you’ve been dreaming about.
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9700 Humboldt Ave. South, Bloomington, MN 55431