Clifford Essex Paragon!


Clifford Essex Paragon!

In February 1936 the firm became a private limited company and the title changed to "Clifford Essex & Son Ltd.

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Latest Activity: Jul 11

Clifford Essex Paragon Links ~ 18!

My Own Paragon with it's Rosewood Head Plate & Fingerboard!

From - Banjos around the World!

1 Paragon Pot
2 Paragon Club
3 Essex History
4 Clifford Essex
5 Findajo Paragon
6 Paragon Artist 1!
7 Paragon Artist 2!
8 Paragon De Luxe 1!
9 Paragon De Luxe 2!
10 Trevor Ling's Paragon
11 Alan Hopkin's Paragon
12 Stevie Dunn's Paragon
13 Kevin Casey's Paragon
14 Richard Vose's Paragon
15 Dick Glasgow's Paragon
16 Derek Kindler's Paragon
17 Mick O'Connor's Paragon
18 Vincent Purcell's Paragon
19 Paragon Photos on Google
20 Gerry O'Connor's Paragon
21 Gerry Robinson's Paragon
21 Donal McCarthy's Paragon
22 Harmon De Boer's Paragon
23 Paragon Top Tension Tenor!
24 John Carty's Paragon Artist
25 Paragon New Era Plectrum Banjo!

John Carty playing his Paragon.

************************************************** Other YouTubes which feature a Clifford Essex Paragon Banjo 1: Alan Hopkins
2: Mick O'Connor
3: Barney McKenna
4: Barney McKenna
5: Barney McKenna
6: Barney McKenna's Banjo Band

YouTubes which feature a Clifford Essex Concert Grand Banjo
1: Brian McGrath
2: Brian McGrath Do you know of any others?
John Walsh & his Paragon!

Great shots of a Paragon in action here in these next two videos, played by Alan Hopkins.


The Clifford Essex stand at the Federation Rally!
Central Hall, Westminster, London on the 19th September 1931.
"It was whilst trying out a new “Paragon” banjo at this stand (in later years Bill expressed his deepest sympathy for anybody who owned one !) that the 16 year old met his hero Joe Morley for the first time. On finishing Morley’s own solo “A Banjo Frolic” Bill was approached by Joe who said “Well done son, very clean picking”

William J. Ball - Classic Banjo

Gerry O'Connor's No 5!

See also ~ A Little Paragon History!

Discussion Forum

Warning the US customs may seize your musical instrument

Started by Mick O'Tool. Last reply by Alan Hopkins Jul 6. 1 Reply

Hi,I am traveling to Ireland in a few weeks with my 1920 CE Paragon Tenor Banjo. Does anyone know if it has any ivory in the banjo? WHY, I just came across new US customs regulations on endangered…Continue

Evolution of the Paragon Tone Ring System: Info, Images, & Measurements

Started by David Locky. Last reply by David Locky Dec 17, 2012. 1 Reply

Greetings All, The tone ring - tone tube set up of the Clifford Essex Paragon banjos appears to be a part of a unique family of banjo tone ring systems, with variations, that include various Lange…Continue

My Paragon with Three Heads!

Started by Dick Glasgow. Last reply by Dick Glasgow Mar 10, 2012. 26 Replies

Here are 3 videos of me playing the same tunes on my Paragon Banjo, with three different heads.The tunes are the Jig: Biddy…Continue

Neck lamination

Started by Harry Faulkner. Last reply by Alan Hopkins Nov 9, 2011. 5 Replies

I'm just sitting here admiring mine and other Paragons on the net when I've noticed there are a few different neck lamination styles, on the instrument. Mine is a thin sandwich of dark/light/dark…Continue

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Comment by Tommy Power on July 11, 2014 at 2:49pm

Hi James,

I'm selling a Paragon with Replica Neck if youre interested?



Comment by james on May 20, 2014 at 10:07pm
Hi lads, sorry to bring this back from the dead but does anyone know of a tasty original paragon for sale in ireland preferably ? Big ask ino but i want to try my luck ! :) thsnks !
Comment by Alan Hopkins on February 6, 2014 at 12:12am
Meant to say....."put in a carbon fibre rod in the neck"
Comment by Alan Hopkins on February 6, 2014 at 12:09am
Hi Mick, The next thing to consider is how bad the twist is. If it's only slight a luthier may be able to level the fretboard without the fretboard looking too obviously of uneven thickness. I'd recommend having a luthier look at it as soon as possible before it gets too bad. He may be able to straighten it and put in a carbon fibre neck to prevent further twisting.
Comment by Mick O'Tool on February 5, 2014 at 9:45pm

Thanks Alan, it's a twist and it was not under any abnormal conditions.


Thanks again.

Comment by Alan Hopkins on February 5, 2014 at 6:29pm
Hi Mick, Firstly, just confirm that it is definitely a twist and not a bow. A bow can be fixed, a twist is much more problematic. Neck damage is usually a result of many years in an attic with the strings left at tension. If it was fine when you bought it it's very unusual to have it go wonky if it's not been exposed to extreme temperatures.
Comment by Mick O'Tool on February 5, 2014 at 3:39pm

Hi, I bought a Clifford Essex Paragon Tenor Banjo 19 Fret over a year ago. The plate on the dowel stick is marked CLIFFORD ESSEX & CO. 15a.Grafton Street, London so I believe it’s an early one. When I bought the banjo the neck was in great condition but now it is starting to twist. It is playable at the moment but if this continues I am in trouble. Can anyone let me know how to fix this problem?

Thank you.

Comment by Mick O'Tool on December 7, 2013 at 3:10pm
Comment by Dick Glasgow on April 18, 2013 at 9:35am

I see that member Harry Faulkner is thinking of selling his CE Paragon!



Comment by Bob Denton on January 4, 2013 at 10:33pm

I don't know if earlier ones were better than later. You can get an idea of the year by the plastic tag on the dowel stick. depending on the official name and address of Clifford Essex, you can get a good idea of the year.

I looked for one last year when I thought the USPS had lost mine on it's way to Ireland and I could not find any for sale. I have mine insure for $6000 and it may be possible to fine one for less. Don't hold your breath.




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Discussion Forum

My Paragon with Three Heads!

Started by Dick Glasgow. Last reply by Dick Glasgow Mar 10, 2012. 26 Replies

Neck lamination

Started by Harry Faulkner. Last reply by Alan Hopkins Nov 9, 2011. 5 Replies

Stevie Dunne's Paragon on NI TV!

Started by Dick Glasgow Nov 2, 2010. 0 Replies

Paragon Serial Numbers

Started by Alan Hopkins Jul 27, 2010. 0 Replies

Rosewood Paragon

Started by Alan Hopkins. Last reply by Dick Glasgow May 8, 2010. 4 Replies

Paragon Artist & De Luxe?

Started by Dick Glasgow. Last reply by John Boyd May 5, 2010. 9 Replies

A little Paragon History!

Started by Dick Glasgow Apr 26, 2010. 0 Replies

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