Ome Banjos are built in Boulder, Colorado, where Chuck Ogsbury has been involved in building banjos since 1960, founding Ode, and later, the Ome Banjo Company. Fifty-plus years of company history reads like the history of acoustic music itself. Responding to trends with his own designs, Chuck developed lines of banjos to appeal to bluegrass, oldtime and jazz players. Chuck is as much an inspired designer as builder with a passion for banjos. He continues to bring his depth of experience and vision to Ome’s offerings.
We’re carrying Ome’s Old-Time line of banjos, inspired by vintage models, especially Ashborn banjos of the mid to late 1800s. You might describe these openback models as sounding deeply woody and looking “elegantly primitive.”
Ode Banjos, after not being made for nearly 40 years, are once again being built in the original ODE shop by Chuck’s son, Zen Ogsbury and his partner, Zoe Hatch. These magical banjos, although simple, and lightweight, have exceptional tone, playability, quality, and beauty.
The new ODEs are now available in two models: the Sundance and the Magician. They are also available in two styles: 5-string open-backs, and tenor open-backs, all offered with 11”, 12” and 13” pots. All ODEs are hand-made in the mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado with the finest materials and workmanship. They come complete with a heavy padded gig-bag, and limited lifetime warranty.