Recording King Elite 85

$2,099.00 $1,599.00

Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930’s, our RK Elite 85 offers players classic vintage snap and handcrafted construction.

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About this banjo

Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930’s, our RK Elite 85 offers players classic vintage snap and handcrafted construction. Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim provide the fundamentals for traditional banjo tone. The highly-flamed maple resonator & neck and sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish result in a stunning banjo with excellent projection and beautiful aesthetics. With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Hearts & Flowers-style peghead and fretboard inlay, the Elite 85 combines historic banjo tradition with modern construction for a true top shelf instrument.

Banjo Specifications

MODEL: RK-ELITE-85
RESONATOR: HIGHLY FLAMED MAPLE
RIM: 3-PLY MAPLE
FLANGE: MASTERTONE-STYLE ONE-PIECE
HEAD: REMO FROSTED HEAD, 11″ HIGH CROWN
TONE RING: MASTERTONE-STYLE
TENSION HOOP: 24-HOOK BRASS NOTCHED; ROUND AMERICAN THREADED HOOKS AND NUTS
COORDINATOR ROD(S): DUAL 1930’S STYLE
NECK: HIGHLY FLAMED MAPLE
FRETBOARD: ROSEWOOD; BOUND
HARDWARE: NICKEL-PLATED
TAILPIECE: PRESTO-STYLE
BRIDGE: MAPLE / EBONY; 5/8″
NUT: BONE
FRET MARKERS: CUSTOM HEARTS & FLOWERS-STYLE M.O.P. INLAY
INLAY: CUSTOM HEARTS & FLOWERS-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: VINTAGE CHERRY BURST FINISH
CASE: INCLUDED VINTAGE HARDSHELL CASE

Bonuses When You Order From Banjo.com

  • 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.
  • Starter Pack – FREE
    We can send along with your banjo a free starter pack. This includes a strap, DVD, and tuner and picks.
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