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Nechville Billy Failing Vintage Eclipse

Nechville Billy Failing Vintage Eclipse

Regular price $6,200.00
Regular price $6,673.00 Sale price $6,200.00
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Billy Failing is tearing it up with the diverse music of Billy Strings. In addition to his enormous talent, one of Billy’s secret weapons is his versatile Vintage Eclipse banjo.
Billy credits his Nechville for giving him a sound that works as well for hard driving Bluegrass, slow ballads, rocking blues or creative original pieces.
Nechville is celebrating the successes of Billy Strings Band music with the announcement of a 6 -piece limited edition run of replicas of Billy Failing’s Vintage Eclipse Banjo.
"This model's playability, sustain and clairity inspires experimentation of new modern sounds, while it's dynamic range allows the instrument to respond to a full range of musicality, from soft tones to agressive bluegrass picking. as someone who needs an instrument that does it all - I feel this instrument fits the bill" - Billy Failing of Billy Strings
The iconic “Flying Eagle” inlay combines with Nechville’s beautifully durable and versatile black Eclipse Heli-Mount frame for a classic 30’s look with a modern twist. 
With a slightly wider and carefully shaped neck for easy playability, Nechville’s compound radius fingerboard is slim in the hand but powerful in sound. Premium curly Maple delivers both beauty and solidness that translates into lots of musical tone. The tall bridge is carefully crafted to maintain brilliance for Bluegrass while leaving sustain for more sonorous and jazzy sounds.
Feature Spec
Neck Wood Curly Maple
Resonator Wood Curly Maple
Approx. Weight 10.6 lbs
Neck Profile 1.28" at nut
Bridge Spacing J.D. Crowe
Scale Length 26 3/8"
Binding Black White Black
5th String Standard
5th String Roller N/A
Tuner Ratio 4:1
Peghead Vintage 
Tone Ring Pro 20 Hole Pre War Alloy
Radiused Yes
Inlay Flying Eagle
Head White
Finish Nechville Clear
Stain Medium Brown Burst
Truss Rod 2-Way Stainless
Frets Nickel
Case Premium Hard Shell
String Gauge .010", .012", .014", .022", .010"

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About Banjos West

Banjos West was established by Tom Nechville in 2020 when he found his home and retail shop in beautiful Sisters, Oregon.

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About Nechville Musical Products

Nechville Musical Products was founded in the late 80s by Tom Nechville. They are renowned for their innovations, namely Tom's Heli-Mount design, which makes their adjustments easiest and quicker than all other banjos. Nechvilles often combine a multitude of appointments to the Heli-Mount frame, like our 7-12" compound radiused fingerboard, tunneled 5th string, In-line tailpiece, Enterprise compensated bridge, Comfort Bevel armrest, and more.

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