Heli-Mount Design

A Revolutionary Idea

Heli-Mount frame

Nechville banjos are the only banjos in the world to use a simple two component head tightening system.

Imagine screwing a cap on a jar. This simple approach tightens the head with perfectly even tension.

The result: unprecedented musical body and depth. Plus it makes Nechville banjos much easier to setup and customize.

Hear Tom Nechville recall the Heli-Mount invention:

Customized Sound

Side View of Heli-Mount pot

Tailor your Nechville for a traditional sound or a modern one. Or somewhere in between. It’s up to you. Nechville makes a wider range of sound and style possible through our neck attachment system that allows the widest range of bridge heights and weights on any banjo and a perfectly tensioned head that tightens and loosens all at once. It’s easy to learn and unlocks an adaptable world of sound.

Then when you start feeling your back from hours of happy pickin, you can install either of our lightweight tone rings, bringing the banjo to the weight of a 12 string guitar and customizing the sound even further. It’s a quick and simple task. If needed, pop that bronze ring back in in minutes for that studio session or outdoor festival.

Reimagined Necks

The Nechville standard is a wider, more comfortable neck. Many of our models include a 7-12" compound radius, reducing fatigue and improving accuracy.

Combine that with wider, longer lasting frets and you have a banjo neck that feels and plays like an electric guitar.

The neck on this thing is literally faster than my custom shop Stratocaster." -Steve M. from Maryland

Nechville has the most comfortable playing neck in the industry and great customer service." -Paul S. from Lakeland, MN

It is hard to go back and play other banjos. This banjo will step up your drive to learn and excel on the instrument. I really think this is the best banjo on the planet." -Tony B. on Banjohangout.org

Do you have a great sounding banjo with a less than impressive neck? We can build you a neck that will make you excited to pick it up again. We use a custom machined part to integrate our neck connection technology and benefits with your existing pot. Be sure to upgrade it with our compound radius and tunneled 5th string. Learn more here. Contact us to verify compatibility.

Tone Rings

You've Got Options

Heli-Mount frame

All Heli-Mount models come standard with our Cyclotronic rim and ball bearing system.

This means you can swap out to our four ounce Timber-Tronic tone ring. Or our Nechville Pro 20 hole flathead ring. Or our popular Hybrid tone ring.

This system allows you to switch between our different tone rings in minutes, whatever the situation calls for.

They all fit- so it's easy to find the perfect combination of tone and weight for you.

Once installed, our lightweight options bring the total banjo weight down to eight pounds or less, saving your back while providing incredible sound.

Latest Praise

What Banjo Pickers Are Saying

Matt from Florida

Custom Comet

Just wanted to reach out with a huge thank you to you and the team. The comet is absolutely gorgeous and works quite well. It feels immensely satisfying to know this type of service exists and (when I can justify the cost) I will likely be reaching out to you guys again to talk about a similar custom midi-enabled model. Thank you again and know you have a satisfied customer!

Guy from Canada


The action on the neck is perfect, it's like i played that banjo for years.. The height of the bridge ⅝ is perfect.. For me anyway! The radius fingerboard Just wow again!! Really easy to play! Love it.. The banjo look wonderful, love the lighter stain color and the SOUND.. AMAZING!! Tom is a genius with that heli mount!! It was worth the wait for sure!! Gib*** banjo's company can be retired now.. You guy's will definitely take over the greatest banjo's manufacture in the world!!

Alex from Germany

Custom Tenor

the banjo is here! I played it for a few days now. And I love it! After getting used to a new instrument it feels and sounds amazing. You did a great job. I like the hybrid tone ring and the clear skin. It has a clear but also strong sound in the low tones. Especially moving up the frets on the high e-string is a pleasure while I used to struggle in this area on my Vega. And it is so beautifully light.

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