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❌SOLD❌ Nechville Zeus Banjo Flame Maple, 2011


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The Nechville Zeus Banjo is near top of the line for Nechville banjos, indicated by its use of the name of the Ruler of the (Greek) Gods. A Curly Maple version of the Walnut Nechville Saturn banjo, these excellent banjos are fairly uncommon.

Like the Saturn, the Nechville Zeus banjo features a 3-Ply Maple Rim that is steam bent, then spun by hand, and the Timber-Tronic Tone Ring that is considerably lighter than a bronze ring. It has a Maple (Walnut on the Saturn) neck and resonator for a great balanced sound, with the Maple handpicked for stability. The neck has a radiused fingerboard with 7-12″ compound radius for playability and comfort, and Mother of Pearl Saturn and stars inlays. It is all covered in the Nechville Clearcoat Finish that won’t crack like traditional lacquer.

This Nechville Zeus banjo dates to September of 2011 and is in overall very good condition with only minor wear. It plays well and cleanly, and the use of guitar-style tuners makes fast, precise and accurate tuning a snap.

The original hard shell case is included.

More From The Builder on the Nechville Zeus Banjo Flame Maple

“As you pick up the Zeus, you’ll realize why Tom Nechville named this banjo after the king of gods. Players really seem to love the lighter weight of this banjo, as well as its smooth-feeling neck profile, radiused fingerboard and avante garde peghead profile. The beveled wooden armrest feels smooth on your forearm, the neck shape makes chording easier, providing clean, distinct and full bodied musical notes. You hear a woody, penetrating clarity with none of the sonic interference that is ever present in other traditional banjos.

The Nechville inline tailpiece is adjustable three different ways, and the Helimount pot assembly is customizable for any style or setup. The Exotic Wood Open Architecture Tone ring delivers incredible punch and volume from every note played on the Zeus. As a matter of fact, you can customize the response of your banjo simply by installing a different ratio of nylon or metal ball bearings! Tom starts with a 50:50 mix of nylon and steel balls … add a higher ratio of steel for a noticeably brighter and tighter bass … go to more nylon balls for a fatter mellower tone!”

Nechville Zeus Specifications:

  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Resonator Wood Saturn: Walnut
  • Zeus: Curly Maple
  • Approx. Weight: 7.7 lbs
  • Neck Profile: 1.28″ at nut
  • Scale Length: 26 3/8″
  • Binding: Black
  • 5th String: Standard
  • 5th String Roller: N/A
  • Tuner Ratio: 14:1, 4:1 for 5th string
  • Peghead: Nextar
  • Tone Ring: Timbertronic
  • Radiused: Yes
  • Inlay: Saturn and Stars
  • Head: Renaissance
  • Finish: Medium Brown
  • Truss Rod: 2-Way Stainless
  • Frets: Nickel
  • String Gauges: .010″, .012″, .014″, .022″, .010″

Price: $2,850.00 CAD
  • Model: Zeus
  • Year: 2011
  • Finish Gloss Brown Stain
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1109-1145, built during September 2011 in Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 02/09/2022

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 7.568lbs 3.44kg
  • Scale Length: 26.25in 667mm
  • Nut Width: 1.311in 33.32mm
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