Nechville's Saturn resonator banjo was built with lightness and comfort in mind. It's the perfect instrument for folks who want a professional quality bluegrass banjo without the extra weight that comes with a traditional metal tone ring.
This Saturn weighs just 7.6 lbs, which is roughly 35% to 45% lighter than a standard tone ring banjo.
The Saturn's secret is the "Timber-Tronic" wooden tone ring, which provides great tone at a fraction of the weight. Read more about the Timber-Tronic tone ring here.
We're also big fans of the Saturn's sleek design. The matte black Heli-Mount frame and tortoise binding create an entirely unique look that is sure to turn heads at your next jam.
To top it all off, a compound radiused ebony fingerboard and wide frets make for buttery-smooth playability.
This model features a beautiful burl walnut resonator. It also has custom dot fingerboard inlays instead of the standard "Saturn and Stars" pattern typically found on this model.
Tonally, the Saturn is a bit more warm and woody than a traditional tone ring banjo, but it still has plenty of power, clarity, and projection.
The Saturn normally includes a gig big, but we upgraded this one to a hard case.
Learn more at the official Nechville Saturn product page.
Neck Wood: Walnut
Resonator Wood: Burled Walnut
Weight: 7.6 lbs
Neck Profile: 1.28" at nut
Bridge Spacing: J.D. Crowe
Scale Length: 26 3/8"
5th String: Standard
5th String Roller: N/A
Tuner Ratio: Saturn- 4:1
Tone Ring: Timbertronic
Finish: Nechville Clear
Truss Rod: 2-Way Stainless
Frets: Nickel, Radiused
Case: Premium Hard Case
String Gauge: .010", .012", .014", .022", .010"