(NEW) OME 11″ Open-Back 5-String Banjo, Tupelo Model, Mahogany with Varnish Finish – $1,995

(NEW) The OME TUPELO is the most basic Old-Time model from our friends at the OME Banjo Partnership in Boulder, Colorado. It features the shorter 25.5” scale, wider 1.34” nut width, and a 17 fret S-scoped fingerboard. The 2-ply solid maple rim is 9/16” thick and is capped with black ebonite and bound with simulated tortoise shell. The OME 12” maple Tone Rim construction combined with fewer brackets and wood rim-rod produce their “woodiest” Old-time banjo tone. The TUPELO is made with the same care and precision as other OME instruments, but might appeal to someone looking for maximum banjo-for-the-buck value and the woodiest tone.


  • Mahogany neck
  • 25.5” scale and 1.34” nut width
  • 17 Fret ebony fingerboard with S-scoop
  • Two-way adjustable truss rod
  • Rectangular peghead with rosewood overlay
  • Boat shaped ebony capped heel
  • Inlayed front and side position markers
  • Hardened Nickel-silver frets and bone string nut
  • Capo Spikes at 7th and 9th frets
  • OME Planetary tuners with amber knobs
  • Tung-oil varnish finish
  • 11” multi-ply maple OME Tone Rim with tortoise cap
  • Ebonite capped and simulated tortoise bound rim
  • 14 rim brackets and heavy notched tension hoop
  • Renaissance Head and Sweetone Tailpiece
  • Adjustable wood rim-rod & Trillium bridge
  • Satin varnish finish & Aged Brass hardware
  • Rosewood armrest


Serial #6809  (includes Superior brand h/s case)
AMW Price: $1,995