The beautiful Clareen Elite offers a mixture of both new and old styles, with stunning genuine Mother of Pearl Inlay along with the new innovative Teflon coated Flange.

This banjo offers you a lighter, sleeker instrument with the traditional Irish tenor banjo feel. The result is a banjo with a bright, crisp tone with clear note distinction and sustain. Using Hand-picked, top-quality Birds Eye Maple for the Neck and Resonator results in a naturally beautiful, warm instrument.

In conjunction with the Clareen Archtop Tone Ring, the Elite allows every note to pop out of this banjo with precision and power. The Clareen designed black Teflon coated flange is lighter in weight and offers a sleek design when married with the mirrored black banjo head.

Note, a case is an additional cost but a discount is applied when purchased with a banjo

3,800.00 INC. IRISH TAX (See Delivery Info if Outside EU)

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  • Clareen Archtop Brass Tone Ring
  • Top Quality Birds Eye Maple Neck, Pot and Resonator
  • Carbon Fibre Non-adjustable Truss Rods embedded in Neck
  • Ebony finger board and Peghead
  • Decorative Trim (Purfling) on Neck and Pot
  • Clareen designed, hand-cut Mother of Pearl Inlay
  • Teflon coated, light-weight Flange
  • Bevelled Tension Band
  • Engraved Armrest
  • Schaller Geared Tuners
  • Exclusive Clareen Designed Tensionator Style Tailpiece


  • The high grade birds eye maple neck with detailed grain is re-enforced with two carbon fibre truss rods embedded inside. It’s natural colour is allowed to shine through but it is protected with several layers of lacquer
  • The Ebony Peghead is inlaid with the Model name and a large hand cut Mother of Pearl pattern blossoming from the centre of the peghead. The fingerboard also in Ebony, accented with Ivoroid binding and decorative purfling, is adorned with individual, ornate patterns at the 1st,3rd,5th,7th,10th,12th,15th, 17th& 19th frets
  • The precision crafted Geared Tuners are sourced from Schaller in Germany and are made of brass and then nickel plated topped with Black, Perloid buttons.


  • Birds Eye Maple with attractive grain is used for the resonator of the Elite banjo offering a unique look to each banjo. There is an Ivoroid binding around the edge of the resonator on both edges along with a black and white trim. It is protected with several layers of lacquer to form a smooth surface


  • Clareen Banjos manufactures all of it’s tone rings by hand in our workshop in Galway, Ireland. The High Grade Clareen Archtop tone ring offers a brighter, clear tone
  • The Violin grade Maple used on the pot/rim is embedded with a decorative trim to compliment the neck
  • Our new Teflon coated, lightweight flange fits around the pot in one solid piece, creating a smooth, continuous finish
  • The Clareen Notched Tension Band with 24 mild steel round tension hooks which are nickel plated includes Bevelled edges for an distinctive look
  • We use an exclusively made Clareen designed Tensionator Tailpiece which is nickel plated. It has 4 “pillars” which can accommodate both ball end and loop end strings and offers exceptional stability for your strings
  • Brass Nickel Plated Armrest is engraved in an eye-catching pattern
  • We use a smooth black or white banjo head with the Clareen logo for the Elite. This can be changed if requested


  • Neck width at the nut: 30mm
  • Scale Length, Nut to Bridge: 19 fret – 23 inches, 585mm; 17 fret – 21 inches, 525mm
  • Resonator Diameter: 355mm / 14″
  • Overall Instrument Length: 870mm / 34 1/4″
  • Approximately Weight: 4.5Kg approximately


  • Includes 3-year Guarantee, 2 additional sets of strings and a selection of Plectrums
  • The Elite is available in both Standard and Short scale
  • Please specify if you require a 19 fret (standard scale) or 17 fret (short scale) neck
  • The Open-back option is also available
  • Suitable for all tuning levels
  • Please specify if you require left-handed version
  • Note, a case is an additional cost but a discount is applied when purchased with a banjo