Recording King Elite 75

$2,099.00 $1,599.00

Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930’s, the Recording King RK-Elite offers players vintage sound and handcrafted construction. Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring, true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim and nitrocellulose lacquer finish put this banjo in a category by itself.

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About this Banjo

Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930’s, the Recording King RK-Elite offers players vintage sound and handcrafted construction. Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring, true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim and nitrocellulose lacquer finish put this banjo in a category by itself. With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Flying Eagle-style peghead and fretboard inlay, this banjo proudly carries forward the tradition of one of history’s most revered instrument manufacturers.

Banjo Specifications

Model: RK-Elite-75

Resonator: One-Piece Mahogany

Rim: 3-Ply Maple

Flange: Mastertone-Style One-Piece

Head: Remo Frosted Head, 11″ High Crown

Tone Ring: Mastertone-Style

Tension Hoop: 24 Bracket Notched; Round American Threaded Hooks And Nuts

Coordinator Rods: Dual 1930’S Style

Neck: One-Piece Slim Profile Mahogany

Fretboard: Rosewood; Bound

Hardware: Nickel-Plated

Tailpiece: Presto-Style

Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8″

Nut: Bone

Fret Markers: Custom Flying Eagle-Style M.O.P. Inlay

Inlay: Custom Flying Eagle-Style M.O.P. Inlay

Peghead: Double-Cut Recording King

Overlay: Rosewood Peghead Overlay With Mother Of Pearl Inlay

Tuners: Gotoh Planetary Tuners With Geared 5Th Peg

Binding: Ivoroid

Scale Length: 27-3/8″

Armrest: Included

Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Case: Optional Vintage Hardshell Case

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  • 5th String Railroad Spike Capos – FREE
    We can add these as a free service when you purchase a banjo from us. When you add this banjo to your cart just select that you want the capos. What is this? When you use a standard capo on your banjo fretboard, fretting strings 1 through 4, you’ll need to capo the 5th string separately. The 5th string starts at the 5th fret. If your standard capo is on the 2nd fret, you also need to capo the 5th string two frets higher, at the 7th fret. We recommend installing railroad spike capos on frets 7 and 9 (A and B). We install them on the fretboard just under the 5th string, an idea that was developed and used by Earl Scruggs himself. We use them, and so do most of the professional players we know. When you’re playing, you don’t really notice the spikes because they’re out of the way, but they’re always there when you need them. Simply slide the 5th string under the spike. When you’re done, slide it out.
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Weight 11.5 lbs
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