About this Banjo
The Recording King Madison banjos offer players an unparalleled combination of quality, versatility and value. With a hand-finished satin Maple resonator, a maple neck with adjustable truss rod and a true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim, the Madison RK-R25 starts with a great foundation for a serious banjo.
Add professional appointments like dual coordinator rods, planetary tuners, nickel-plated hardware and a Remo head, and you have a banjo that beats anything on the market at the same price. The tube-and-plate flange gives the Madison a classic sound, and offers players the option to remove the resonator for open-back styles. The Madison is also available as an open-back model (RK-O25) with 24 shoes for precision tuning and a vintage old-time sound.
Rim: 3-Ply Steam Bent Maple
Flange: Tube And Plate Style 2-Piece
Head: Remo Frosted Head, 11” High Crown
Tone Ring: None
Tension Hoop: 24 Bracket Notched; American Threaded Hooks And Nuts
Coordinator Rods: Dual
Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8″
Fret Markers: Fan Inlay
Inlay: Mothers Of Pearl
Peghead: Black Overlay With Fan Inlay
Binding: Resonator; Ivoroid
Scale Length: 26-1/4″
Finish: Hand-Rubbed Brown Satin
Case: Optional 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.
- Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack – FREE
We can send along with your banjo a Bluegrass or Clawhammer Starter Pack for free. This includes a strap, DVD, and tuner and picks.
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