This Special is the original of the Clareen Banjo range and the most popular. The Clareen Special is an excellent Tenor banjo with a crisp, clear tone. The two-piece neck of well-selected maple has a contrasting mahogany centre strip for stability and appearance. All the wood is finished in its natural colour as is the resonator and maple rim.

1,595.00 inc. tax

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  • Clareen Special Brass Tone Ring
  • Maple Neck, Pot and Resonator
  • Carbon Fibre Non-adjustable Truss Rods embedded in Neck
  • Rosewood Finger Board and Peghead
  • Unique Harp or Shamrock Inlay on Finger Board and Peghead
  • Schaller Geared Tuners
  • Waverly Style Tailpiece


  • The maple neck is separated at the back by a strip of mahogany offering a unique appearance and extra stability. The neck is also re-enforced with two carbon fibre truss rods embedded inside. The neck is then protected with several layers of lacquer.
  • The Rosewood Peghead is inlaid with the Model name and a Shamrock or Harp. The Rosewood fingerboard is inlaid at the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 10th, 15th& 17th frets with a Mother of Pearl dot marker and tasteful Harps or Shamrocks at the 5th and 12th frets to echo the peghead.
  • 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.


  • Well selected Maple is used for the resonator of the Special. It’s natural hue is allowed to shine through but it is protected with several layers of lacquer. There is a dark Tortoise binding around the edge of the resonator


  • Clareen Banjos manufactures all of it’s tone rings by hand in our workshop in Galway, Ireland. The Special Brass tone ring in an archtop style, offers a crisp, bright tone allowing your banjo to be heard alongside other instruments
  • Clareen Grooved Tension Band with mild steel tension hooks which are nickel plated
  • We use an excellent quality Waverly Style Tailpiece which is nickel plated. It has 5 “pillars” which can accommodate both ball end and loop end strings
  • Brass Nickel Plated Armrest
  • We use a smooth white banjo head with the Clareen logo for the Special. 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:335mm/ 13 1/8”
  • Overall Instrument Length:865mm/ 34”
  • Approximately Weight:3.8kg approximately


  • Includes 3 year Guarantee, 2 additional sets of strings and a selection of Plectrums
  • Please specify if you require a 19 fret (standard scale) or 17 fret (short scale) neck
  • The Special is available in both Tenor (4 String) and 5 String
  • The Open-back option is also available
  • The Special can also be made in Mahogany
  • Suitable for all tuning levels
  • Please specify if you require left-handed version
  • Banjo case or Gig Bag sold separately