ODE Banjos was originally founded in 1960 by Chuck Ogsbury in Boulder, Colorado with the vision to design and build quality, soulful banjos that were both exceptional and affordable. Since then, Chuck has designed and overseen the building of several thousand ODE and OME banjos in an endless variety of models and styles.
As of 2021, after not being made for nearly 40 years, Chuck’s son, Zen Ogsbury and his partner, Zoe Hatch, are once again building the iconic ODE instruments in the original ODE shop with Chuck’s guidance. 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. Click here to see our current ODE Banjos.