Redesigned in 2019 to offer an alternative to the traditional style banjo, the new Oyster model offers you a lighter, more refined instrument, with our new innovative Teflon coated flange.

Taking our inspiration from our locality on the West Coast of Ireland the Oyster banjo is designed to not only look and play beautifully but also to have a bright, crisp tone. The Oyster is made of High Grade Curly Maple for the Neck, Pot and Resonator and with our new fresh-looking flange it offers a dynamic sound.

In conjunction with the Clareen Archtop Tone Ring, the Oyster allows every note to pop out of this banjo with precision and power, creating a top-professional instrument. 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

3,250.00 INC. IRISH TAX (See Delivery Info if Outside EU)

View Action Video



  • Clareen Archtop Brass Tone Ring
  • Curly 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
  • Clareen designed ‘Salmon of Knowledge’ Mother of Pearl Inlay
  • Teflon coated, light-weight Flange in ‘X’ style design
  • Schaller Geared Tuners
  • Exclusive Clareen Designed Tensionator Style Tailpiece


  • The high grade curly maple neck with detailed grain is re-enforced with two carbon fibre truss rods embedded inside. It’s organic shades are allowed to shine through and it is protected with several layers of lacquer
  • The Ebony Peghead is inlaid with the Model name and a Clareen designed ‘Salmon of Knowledge’. The fingerboard also in Ebony, accented with Ivoroid binding, has 4 small ‘Salmon of Knowledge’ in Mother of Pearl  on the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th fret. There is also a larger ‘Salmon of Knowledge’ in Mother of Pearl running between the 10thand 14th fret echoing the peghead design
  • The precision crafted Geared Tuners are sourced from Schaller in Germany and are made of brass and then nickel plated topped with White, Perloid buttons.


  • Birds Eye Curly Maple with it’s excellent quality grain is used for the resonator of the Oyster banjo. The result is a genuine, one-off effect showing both the lighter and darker tones of the wood. There is an Ivoroid binding around the edge of the resonator on both edges. It is protected with several layers of lacquer.


  • Clareen Banjos manufactures all of it’s tone rings by hand in our workshop in Galway, Ireland. The Clareen Archtop tone ring offers a sweet rounded tone
  • Our new Teflon coated, lightweight flange with it’s ‘X’ style design fits around the pot in one solid piece, creating a smooth, continuous finish
  • Clareen Notched Tension Band with 24 mild steel tension hooks which are nickel plated
  • We use an exclusively made Clareen designed Tensionator Tailpiece which is nickel plated. It has 5 “pillars” which can accommodate both ball end and loop end strings and offers exceptional stability for your strings
  • Brass Nickel Plated Armrest
  • We use a smooth black or white banjo head with the Clareen logo for the Oyster. 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 14”
  • Approximately Weight: 4.5kg approximately


  • Includes 3 year Guarantee, 2 additional sets of strings and a selection of Plectrums
  • The Oyster 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 styles
  • 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