Recording King R-80

$1,999.00 $1,499.00

Designed by Greg Rich, this bluegrass banjo features classic pre-war styling, recalling the most supremely crafted banjos from the Golden Age of musical instruments. Now available in left- and right-handed models. The RK-R80 offers a pre-war (WWII) sound at an affordable price.

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About this Banjo

The RK-R80 Professional combines classic pre-war style features and desirable modern touches to create a great-sounding bluegrass banjo. The Professional features a mahogany resonator, mahogany neck, bound ebony fretboard, American Standard thread hardware, 20-hole tone ring and a 3-ply rim.

The Professional features the traditional Recording King floral peghead and inlay and an authentic Mastertone-style flange.

Banjo Specifications

Model: Rk-R80

Resonator: One-Piece Mahogany With Concentric Rings

Rim: 3-Ply Maple

Flange: Mastertone-Style

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

Neck: One-Piece Mahogany

Fretboard: Ebony; Bound

Hardware: Nickel-Plated

Tailpiece: Presto-Style

Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8″

Nut: Bone, 1-3/16″ Width

Fret Markers: Style 6″ M.O.P. Floral Inlay

Inlay: Style 6″ M.O.P. Floral 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: 26-1/4″

Armrest: Included

Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

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
Railroad Spikes

Free 5th String Railroad Spike Installation, No Thanks

FREE Starter Pack

Bluegrass Starter Pack, Clawhammer Starter Pack, No Thanks


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