Have you ever been to Nechville?
I bet you didn’t know it’s located in Minnesota. Nechville, however, is not a Town but a wonderful toy store for the banjo enthusiast like me. Since 1989, Nechville has been manufacturing professional banjos for both the acoustic and electric banjo markets. There are a number of well known musicians who own and play a Nechville banjo, including two of my favorites; Bela Fleck and Alison Brown.
I recently purchased a custom made banjo from my friends Tom Nechville and his sales associate Al Price. The banjo I ordered was a custom made Nechville Meteor electric banjo. The custom options I selected for my banjo included a neck and body made out of a distinctive and exotic Cocobolo wood. The wood grain (as pictured in the neck and body) is from one piece of wood. Since I wanted a banjo that was unique and not some off the shelf model, I invested in a custom inlay pattern known as the Starizon pattern. The inlay on this banjo was a nice compliment to the premium wood selected for the neck. As for the dual pickup system, I added the active EMG81 magnetic pickup to the standard Piezo pickup system. While Nechville offers a unique option known as a tunneled 5th string, I guess I am a purist and am so use to the 5th string peg on the banjo that I elected not to add this option to the instrument.
The banjo took 90 days to produce and it was well worth the wait. Tom Nechville, Al Price and the Nechville craftsmen (Dave Hill and Jeremiah Lindstrom) did a wonderful job in communicating about the production and shipment of this banjo.
The Nechville Meteor Electric banjo makes a nice addition to my collection of banjos.