(NEW) Our best selling open back banjos are made in Boulder, CO by the good folks at OME. Continuing our obsession with these relatively new OME open back designs, this one is another WALNUT 12″ Minstrel model with all the great cluck, pop, clarity and warmth we have come to expect.
OME really has a hit on their hands with these new traditional “old timey” instruments – which have quickly become our best sellers. It is beautiful and sounds quite amazing. What great value. Every time one of these Minstrels arrives, we are reminded why we like the model so much (let us be honest and admit that it starts with the *scroll* headstock that looks so 1830) and we always ask ourselves “why didn’t we order three of these?” because invariably, they sell within 30 days and six to eight months go by before we get our hands on another one. Two of our favorite players/writers/singers/people, Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien, own and play this model but both play it twice as better than I will….
Some of the features include a shorter (25.5″) scale & wider nut plus a 12″ pot – walnut neck, S-shaped peghead with ebony overlay and truss rod cover, ebony fretboard, 1.34″ nut (approx 1-11/32″), S-shaped frailing scoop, small pearl dot inlays. 2-ply maple rim with rosewood cap and tortoise binding inside and out, no tone ring, Renaissance head, 14 brackets. aged brass hardware, aged nickel planetary gears with amber-color buttons, and wooden arm-rest!
Visually and tonally, they are immediate crowd pleasers! We have had trouble keeping these banjos in stock – with many selling prior to arrival, so stake your claim for this pretty thang before she gets away.
Congratulations to OME on their brilliant new take on an “timeless” design.
Thanks to our pal dan Levenson for the video here with one of our previously sold walnut Minstrels. Thanks Dan!
A hard case is included in the price, of course.
Serial # 6722
List Price: $ 2,375… AMW Price: $2,135