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One thing you notice from the start is that Chuck Ogsbury is eminently likeable. He is sincere about his instruments, sincere about his love for the banjo, sincere about wanting to make the best banjo that can be made. Throughout his career as a banjo maker, Chuck has never considered quantity as the ultimate goal. Instead, Ogsbury believes in quality. He is ever searching for the "right" tone, which as banjoists know, is a quest rather like trying to find the right star or the right person.Ogsbury has had a double life as an instrument maker. He first came on the musical instrument scene by making the ODE banjo, one of the favorite instruments of the folk revival era. In his first life as a maker, Chuck produced around 1,900 ODE banjos, ranging from basic aluminum pot long-necks to fancy bluegrass models. As Chuck states, many people remeber or own ODEs he made in Boulder and like them.Yet, true to his notions of an ever-evolving quality for which he constantly strives for in his instruments, Chuck thinks that the OMEs, the banjos of his second life as a maker, are so much better. One thing is sure: just as he was not able to leave the Boulder area for long, neither was he able to leave the manufacturing of banjos.
I started out playing guitar, two or three years earlier than the banjo, but I didn’t get very far. A poor teacher and a poor guitar ended my first attempt. That was when I lived in Kentucky. As a boy, I’d grown up around bluegrass but it wasn’t until later, when I moved to Colorado in 1956, that I really got into playing music. In this lifetime there were two things that inspired me to build banjos, besides playing. First, I grew up intrigued by building with metal and wood. My mother was in the antique business in Kentucky and I would go looking for treasures of the past with her. In the process, I became interested in antique firearms to the extent that by the time I turned 14, I was a professional gun trader. It was during those years in the trading business that I fell in love with the use of wood and metal as an art form and began learning vintage design techniques with those materials.
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