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. Gig Bag or Case Sold Seperately
High Grade / Curly Maple. Ebony Fingerboard and Peghead. Clareen designed Mother of Pearl Inlays. Schaller Geared Tuners. Ivoried Binding with Decorative trim (Purfling)
Maple. Clareen Arch Top Tone Ring. Clareen X-Flange. Clareen Notched Tension Band. Tensionator Tailpiece. Brass Nickel Plated Armrest
The Curly / Birds Eye Maple resonator is fitted top and bottom with ivoride binding.
Standard Scale 19 fret. 23 inches/585mm. Short Scale 17 fret. 21 inches/525mm. Standard Neck Width at Nut - 30mm . Clareen Banjos manufactures it's own Tone Rings and Tension Bands. All other Metalware is manufactured in Ireland where possible. The neck is fitted with two non adjustable Carbon Fibre Truss Rods for added strength. The Oyster is available in Tenor and 5-String. Open-Back option also available. All metal parts are of brass which have been nickel plated. The hooks are of mild steel which is also nickel plated. Suitable for all tuning styles.
Hi Fintan and Tom,
Delighted with my new Oyster which found its way to the far north of Scotland on Friday. I am like a child with a new toy at Christmas. I love the crisp tone it produces. Thanks for all the information and advice. It was a pleasure to deal with Clareen Banjos once again. Moran taing to you both.
Farquhar MacGregir, Keiss, By Wick, Great Britain
I have been playing the Oyster in a number of music sessions now and what a fabulous instrument it is. The comments from other musicians I play with have been very positive with remarks such as "the banjo sounds really good" , "it really does have a fantastic sound" , "it fits so well with the other instruments". For me it is a real joy to play and I am very happy with it. I am very glad that I choose to buy a banjo from you as you have certainly crafted a fine instrument.
All the very best and thanks again it was a real pleasure doing business with you.
Ron Newman, Wentworth Falls NSW , Australia
I am really loving my Oyster! The tone is wonderful. I am experimenting with different plectrums and I can't believe how responsive it is to subtle differences in plectrum thickness. Amazing instrument! Thanks so much for helping me choose the perfect model for my taste in tone.
Brian Baker, Maryland, United States
It plays like a dream.
I will see if I can send you a short sound-bite soon.
Thanks so much.
I am walking a bit taller today and my face muscles are a little sore from the smile that I’ve been wearing since yesterday.
George Kieffer , Olivette, MO 63132 USA, United States
Willie McSweeney here from Cobh just to say that I'm seriously happy with the Oyster I bought from you last month. I'm really enjoying playing it! Thanks again for help and attention you gave on the day!
Willie McSweeney, Cork, Ireland
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