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Recording King Bluegrass Series RK-R20 Songster Banjo  Natural 

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With its sharp attack and minimal sustain, the Bluegrass Series RK-R20 Songster Banjo is a great beginning resonator model. The banjo features an inl...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great beginning resonator model.

With its sharp attack and minimal sustain, the Bluegrass Series RK-R20 Songster Banjo is a great beginning resonator model. The banjo features an inlaid mother-of-pearl peghead inlay and heart-shaped position markers, plus a rolled brass, hoop tone ring, planetary tuners, and a bound rosewood fretboard. Case sold separately.

  • Laminated Maple Rim
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Mahogany Veneer Resonator
  • 1-Piece Nickel-Plated Flange
  • 24 Brackets
  • Rolled Brass Tone Ring
  • Single Coordinator Rods
  • Bound Rosewood Fretboard
  • M.O.P. Floral Fretboard Inlay
  • M.O.P. Vine Peghead Inlay
  • Rosewood Peghead Overlay
  • 4-Ply Ivoroid Heel Cap
  • Kershner Tailpiece
  • Nickel-Plated Hardware
  • REMO Fiberskyn Head
  • Notched Hoop
  • Nut Width: 1-3/16"
  • Head Size: 11", 7/16" height
  • Frets: 22
  • Total Length: 39"
  • Weight: 10.45 lb.
  • Case sold separately

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Nice Banjo

By Ed

from NH

About Me Novice

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  • Good Tone
  • Long Life


    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Recording King Bluegrass Series RK-R20 Songster Banjo:

    I bought this from MF in 2010 for under four hundred big ones. It still feels, sounds and plays great. I had never played Banjo prior to this purchase (only guitar and bass). I have had no problems at all with it and LOVE it.


    I think this is a great banjo.

    By electric mike

    from Maine

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    • Good Tone


    • no cons that I can see

    Best Uses

    • playing

    Comments about Recording King Bluegrass Series RK-R20 Songster Banjo:

    Here's the story. I'm a strings guy. I play stringed instruments. I've had a few banjos. My favorite was an old worn-out Silvertone. It was woody and warm. It broke. I decided that rather than repair it I wanted to upgrade. I wanted something with better tuners and of course prettier. I kept buying and returning banjos to local music shops. Sure they were all prettier but not one sounded good to me. They were all tinny and brash. Now some players like tinny and brash. It is a banjo after-all. That's when I started learning about tone rings and stuff. What I determined was I wanted a wood rim. I found this banjo on musicians friend with a factory reconditioned special attached. It had a wood rim with brass tone ring. I decided to give it a shot. It arrived quickly and seemed to be perfect. I may be able to detect a factory repair but I can't be sure. I never mess with stock strings, I always upgrade to my preferred strings and in this case I wanted to try a compensated bridge so I upgraded this as well. What I have is a banjo that is much louder than my old Silvertone with the same tone. Woody, warm and absolutely beautiful. Couldn't be happier at this price. You can spend a lot of money on a banjo. This is basically an entry level price. And did I mention beautiful?

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