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Ode 12" Magician


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Scale Length: 25.69"
Nut Width: 1.31"
Neck Wood: Cherry
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Peghead Overlay: Ebony
Peghead Inlay: Buffalo nickel with Ode logotype on back
Fret Markers: 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, and 15th frets
Nut Material: Bone
Spikes: 7th and 9th frets
Tuners: Nickel-plated planetary with amber buttons
Finish: Hand-rubbed tung oil
Rim Size: 12"
Rim Wood: Flamed maple
Tonering: None
Brackets: 26
Tailpiece: Aged brass no-knot
Head: Renaissance
Armrest: Select hardwood
Case: Superior hard-shell case
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The Ode Magician is a storied moniker in the lineage of Ode's open-back banjos - a model with decades of history behind it, dating back to some of the first models the Ogsbury family built. With that sort of a chip on its shoulder, it's a real joy to confirm to our customers that the new Ode Magicians live up to the hype and continue Mr Ogsbury's tradition of excellent clawhammer banjos geared at the intermediate to advanced players. This Ode compares favorably to some of our favorite Colorado openbacks, with a bright and crisp sound thanks to its cherry neck and flamed maple pot. A full frailing scoop makes this a perfect tool for playing fiddle tunes, and the lightweight pot ensures the tone stays bright, punchy, and capable of cutting through the sound of an old-time stringband. Simply put, we love this banjo and are excited to see what's next from Ode. Included in the price is a Superior hard-shell case to help keep this instrument properly protected.

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