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.

1,650.00 INC. IRISH TAX (See Delivery Info if Outside EU)

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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