Recording King R-36

$1,399.00 $1,049.00

An oustanding value in a professional-level banjo, hard-shell case included! Banjo players have an option of a high-quality, great-sounding banjo with a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and flange.

Free Shipping on Orders Over $199


About this Banjo

The Recording King Madison RK-R36 is for every banjo player looking for a high-quality, great-sounding instrument that won’t break the bank. The RK-R36 is built with a Mastertone-style bell brass cast tone ring and one-piece flange just like our best-selling RK-R35, but with a select mahogany resonator and neck.

The 24-hook brass tension hoop allows the head to be adjusted to the perfect tension, and the nickel-plated hardware matches vintage Mastertone-style specs at a fraction of the price.

Banjo Specifications

Model: RK-R36

Resonator: Mahogany

Rim: 3-Ply Steam Bent Maple

Flange: Mastertone-Style One-Piece

Head: Remo Frosted Head, 11″ High Crown

Tone Ring: Mastertone-Style Bell Brass Cast

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

Coordinator Rods: Dual

Neck: Mahogany With Adjustable Truss Rod

Fretboard: Rosewood

Hardware: Nickel-Plated

Tailpiece: Presto-Style

Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8″

Nut: Bone

Fret Markers: Seagull Inlay

Inlay: Pearl

Peghead: Recording King Madison

Overlay: Black Peghead Overlay With Mother Of Pearl Inlay

Tuners: Planetary Tuning Machines

Binding: Resonator; Ivoroid

Scale Length: 26-1/4″

Armrest: Included

Finish: Brown Gloss

Case: Optional Vintage Hardshell Case

Bonuses When You Order From

  • 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.
  • Every Banjo Tested by a Banjo Expert Before Shipping
Weight 11.5 lbs
FREE Starter Pack

Bluegrass Starter Pack, Clawhammer Starter Pack, No Thanks

Railroad Spikes

Free 5th String Railroad Spike Installation, No Thanks


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