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The original Banjo of the Clareen Banjos range and the most popular. The Clareen Special is an excellent Tenor banjo with a crisp 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. Gig Bag or  Case Sold Seperately


Maple. Rosewood Fingerboard and Peghead. Clareen Shamrock / Harp & Dot Mother of Pear Inlay. Schaller Geared Tuners.


Maple. Clareen Special Tone Ring . Clareen Grooved Tension Band. Waverly Style Tailpiece. Brass Nickel Plated Armrest


Maple with Tortoise 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 Carbon Fibre Truss Rod for added strength. The Special 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.

Thanks to Tom and Fintan for their friendly and honest advice on selecting a suitable banjo for me. Fintan's prompt and informative responses to my countless e-mails, and Toms impressive demo of the "Special" and quick lesson in the show room made my choice of choosing a Clareen a lot easier. I wasn't expecting to be asked to play a little duet with Tom with my new purchase, so make sure you have a well rehearsed tune ready because this man can play!!!! 15 Sep 2018
Dermot Mullen, Dublin, Ireland
Thanks Tom/Fintan for helping me to choose my banjo upgrade this week. My new Clareen Special is a beautiful piece of work and my playing sounds better already! I look forward to years of enjoyment and improvement. 20/04/17
Padraig, Athlone, Ireland
Banjo acheté en septembre 2014, il me donne entière satisfaction et se bonifie avec le temps. la maison clareen est sérieuse et elle est á l'écoute de ces clients encore merci ! Banjo bought in September 2014, it gives me satisfaction and improves with time. Clareen House is serious and she is listening to their clients thanks again!
Vaillandet Patrick, St Avé 56890, France
I'm joyful to have the clareen special!! The sound is awsome, good action and keeps in tune very well!! Tom and Fintan are always ready to help and answer any question Thank you very very much!!!!
Alessandro, Cesena, Italy
I was recently surprised by my husband with an upgrade to the Special banjo from the Clarenbridge. Although I was happy with that banjo the Special is wonderful. The sound is much different and even the feel of it, at least to me. Tom, you are de best at what you do and I thank you for making such a wonderful instrument for my enjoyment.
Annette Mullen, Follansbee, United States
Dear Mr.Tom Cussen: I received The banjo yesterday. I'm satisfied with a very wonderful musical instrument. Thank you very much. Kind regards, Naonori
Naonori Osada, Toyoka, Japan, Japan
Have just taken delivery of the open back 17 fret model and it's an absolute joy. Beautifully made. The tone is crisp and sweet with lots of sustain and it has a nice easy action. The advice and service received from Clareen was honest, helpful and friendly. Even my banjo playing skills are bound to improve. Not only does the wonderful tone make me sound better, but more to the point it will make me want to pick it up and practice!
Jan Russell, Edinburgh, Great Britain

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