Podcast 149: Tom Nechville of Nechville Banjos

Minnesota’s Tom Nechville may very well be the closest thing the banjo world has to Leo Fender. For the last 30 years, he’s introduced revolutionary products like the Heli-Mount, the Cyclotronic Tone Ring and the Flux Capacitor to the world of the five-string banjo. On this week’s podcast, we talk to Nechville about his inventions, his banjos (acoustic and electric) and some of the challenges of building forward-thinking products for a market that largely leans towards the traditional. Even if you’re not a banjo player, you’ll enjoy hearing about how Nechville found his calling in the world of fretted instruments and some of the R&D that he goes through with his instruments.

This episode is sponsored by Retrofret Vintage Guitars, which has its own fair share of banjos, along with classic guitars, basses, mandolins and more.