We're excited about the return of ODE banjos. They offer a similar construction style to OME’s banjos but they're simpler cosmetically and so less expensive. So what’s the connection between the two brands? Chuck Ogsbury, of course. He started building the first ODE banjos in the early '60s, back when he was just a college kid. He later sold that company to Baldwin, and a few years later he got back in the banjo game with OME.
This current iteration of the venerable brand is a product of the second generation of the Ogsbury family, as Chuck's son Zen is the main guy behind ODE. This Magician model features a 12-inch head, a cherry neck, and an ebony fingerboard with a generous frailing scoop past the 17th fret. The slightly aged brass hardware and lightly stained maple neck and shell give it a warm and woody look, and the amber knobs on the tuners continue the theme. With a 25 1/2" string scale it's very playable and there's no lack of volume when you want and/or need it. Pretty cool that this Magician represents over 60 years of Ogsbury family banjo-making!
Planetary Geared Tuners with Amber Knobs
Multi-ply Curly Maple Tone-rim