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Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo Maple

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The Recording King Madison RK-R35 is built around a 3-ply steam bent maple rim, from the exact same construction and materials used in their best-sel...Click To Read More About This Product

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The sounds of the South rediscovered in this Recording King Madison banjo.

The Recording King Madison RK-R35 is built around a 3-ply steam bent maple rim, from the exact same construction and materials used in their best-selling RK-R80. It has a maple neck with an adjustable two-way truss rod and a comfortable padauk fretboard. With a 24-hook brass tension hoop, players can adjust the head tension as precisely as on any world-class banjo. The planetary tuners, geared 5th peg and dual coordinator rods are effective professional components, and add an authentic feel to these impressive banjos.

The Madison RK-R35 has a maple resonator with a hand-rubbed brown matte finish. Recording King builds it with a Mastertone-style bell brass cast tone ring and a Mastertone-style one-piece flange. The Madison peghead and fretboard feature Recording King's Seagull inlay, for a banjo that looks as classic as it sounds.

The American threaded nickel-plated hook and nut hardware, as well as the true presto-style tailpiece and armrest are the same as featured on the popular RK-Scout. Like the other Madison banjos, the RK-R35 comes standard with an authentic Remo head.

FEATURES
  • Maple resonator
  • 3-ply steam bent maple
  • Mastertone-style one-piece flange
  • Remo frosted head top
  • 11 in. high crown
  • Mastertone-style bell brass cast
  • 24 bracket notched
  • Round American threaded hooks and nuts
  • Dual coordinator rod
  • Maple neck with adjustable rod
  • Padauk fretboard
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Presto-style tailpiece
  • Maple/ebony bridge
  • Bone nut
  • Seagull inlay fretmarkers
  • Seagull inlay
  • Recording King Madison peghead
  • Black peghead overlay with mother-of-pearl inlay
  • Planetary ivory button tuners
  • Resonator ivoroid binding
  • 26-1/4 in.
  • Armrest
  • Hand-rubbed brown satin matte finish
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Recording KingRK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great sound, a little rough condition

By Gene Coughlin

from ny

Comments about Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo:

the wood is real nice and the tone also. get a banjo strap because they are surprisingly heavy
The RK has a real nice tone even for someone like myself who new at playing (42 yrs playing guitar, just learning the banjo) the research ive read about the banjo was spot on
quality. I was disappointed about the condition the banjo came in. the head stock has a little dimple on it which must have been over looked before shipping cause the box was fine. also the screws that hold the the resonator are not straight. I've heard that could be a problem but being inexperienced I'm not sure. at this point I'm going on the playability and sound which both are good. I would recommend the banjo but might want to walk into a local store nest time and pick it myself instead of letting someone pick and send it for me. (this isn't a review of musicians friends, I didnt contact musicians friends yet so I'm not sure what they would do in this situation anyway, got this as a 50th birthday gift the other day and havent had the time to call etc etc. and I probably dont have the patience or time to box, repack, ship etc etc. hence the fact I would probably go local next time)
if the dimple and screws are a by product of a factory made non American then I got what I was warned about. when you go on there web page it says the word American often and theres a email address to contact but there is no reference where its made or where I'm contacting.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bluegrass tone

By RJ the drummer

from Jacksonville FL

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Strong
  • Tone Ring

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo:

    The RK-35 is a great value in a banjo with all the standard bluegrass banjo ingredients. It is modeled on the Gibon Mastertone, but is simpler in ornamentation. It plays and sounds like a banjo costing much more. I'm a guitar player who plays banjo as second instrument and this is a big step up from the Dean I started with. The hardware is good, the dual coordinator rods make getting the neck angle right easy. The range of sounds is classic bluegrass. perfect for what i wanted.

    I also own a Recording King resonator and these are great very playable and good soundng instruments at a very nice price. Highly recommended.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No Better Bluegrass Banjo for The Price!

    By Mercible

    from Kissimmee, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Heavy
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo:

        For the price, you will not find a better banjo. As with any banjo, setup is critical. Find a shop that specializes in banjo setup and repair and have them set this up for you the first time. Once set up properly, this banjo plays and sounds as good as any bluegrass banjo out there. Loud and Clear!!! Bell brass tone ring makes all the difference, and also the reason it is so heavy. Most pro-level bluegrass banjos are ver heavy. This one is modeled after the Gibson Mastertone, which is the primary banjo for most of the pro banjo pickers you hear. If you don't want to lay down $1500 or more for a used Gibson, this is an excelent substitute in all ways. The inlays and headstock aren't as ornamental, but this instrument has it where it counts... in the playability and tone.

         
        5.0

        This will last you a lifetime.

        By Spencer Williamson

        from Twin falls idaho

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo:

          Its my second banjo, and the finish on its amazing. Its pretty loud especially playing with other acoustic instruments.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Disappointed

          By John

          from Pensacola FL

          About Me Novice

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poor quality control.

          Best Uses

            Comments about Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo:

            First let me say that I did not purchase the RK-R35 through Musician's Friend. I have purchased other products from Musician's Friend and have been very pleased. This is just a general observation of the quality of the RK-R35.
            The first RK-R35 I received had to be returned due to significant problems with the quality of the instrument (chipped finish, scratches, etc.).
            The new one I received (again, not from Musician's Friend) has an issue with the frets. Fret #22 interferes with fret #21 on strings 1 & 2.
            OK, I am not an experienced banjo player. This is my first banjo. I intentionally wanted something better than a "starter" banjo.
            I expected a much better product. It does sound good, but the problems outweigh the sound. I will get the banjo to a luthier to see if it can be repaired.
            I have seen the RK-R20 at a local music shop; hands-down the finish is much nicer than the RK-R35.
            Next time, it's Deering for me.

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