This 5-string Megatone Flathead was designed by Chuck Ogsbury while trekking around the Everest region in Nepal. Chuck was inspired to design and build a 55th anniversary banjo as a benchmark since he first started building banjos in 1960. The designs used on this instrument are based on traditional Buddhist artwork that Chuck was continually seeing on temples, monasteries, lodges, and even carved into countless granite boulders found along many of the mountain trails he went on.
The final result is the OME “Lotus” which features select curly maple and ebony woods; Megatone Flathead tone ring; hand-carved and hand-dyed heel, peghead and resonator; hand-engraved gold-plated hardware, and intricate abalone and mother-of pearl shell inlays.
The intertwining lines of the “Eternal Knot” inlay in the peghead is said to symbolize how everything in life is connected. The 1st and 12th fret inlays and the resonator carving represent the “Lotus” flower which symbolizes enlightenment, beauty, and clarity; and the 5th fret inlay depicts the traditional OM symbol.
A One-of-a-Kind beauty. Priced at $10,000.
Presentation grade highly figured maple tone woods
22 fret, 26.25” scale & 1.28” nut width
Megatone HG50 Flathead tone ring
Ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard, peghead, rim, & resonator
Peghead, & fingerboard inlayed with original Tibetan artwork
Hand carved and hand dyed heel, backstrap, & resonator
Profusely hand engraved gold plated metal parts