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.
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
Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8″
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
Scale Length: 27-3/8″
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Case: Optional Vintage Hardshell Case
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FREE PROFESSIONAL SETUP
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*FREE RAILROAD SPIKES
Also know as the 5th string capo, we recommend installing spikes on the 7th & 9th frets. This is a free service we include for all 5-string banjo purchases.
FREE STARTER PACK
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Prior to being shipped, we carefully inspect and test every banjo. If you have any issues with your banjo, call us and and we will help.
*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.