Guitar banjos have been around for over a century and the concept is simple: put a guitar neck on a banjo shell, tune it like a guitar, and you're done. The tonal result, however, often sends guitar lovers running for the exits, or at least reaching for earplugs. Most guitar banjos have a shrill clatter that sounds like neither a banjo or a guitar, and while they're great for playing on the street they are rarely used if a regular guitar can be heard.
This Ome version is a lot more musical than the typical guitar banjo and so is suitable for settings where raw volume and cutting power aren't the only consideration. Note that this Ome Juniper has a 12-inch head, and that the bridge is almost in the center of that large head, not down by the tailpiece. This gives a tone with more bass and trims the shrillness from the trebles. Oh it's still loud, but only if you need it to be. You can get a convincing banjo tone when picking single-string melodies or fills, and a delightfully full "comp chord" sound when you need to play back-up. The fingerboard has a nice radius and the 24 3/8" string scale makes it very playable.