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MF MD HG Ask Our Gearheads 07-08-14

Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo Maple 

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  • 5-string banjo
  • Maple body wood
  • Remo frosted head top
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      The sounds of the South rediscovered in this Recording King Madison banjo.

      The Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo offers 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 Recording King Madison is a serious banjo.

      Add professional appointments like dual coordinator rods, planetary tuners, nickel-plated hardware and a Remo head, and the RK-R35 Madiosn banjo probably beats anything on the market at the same price.

      The banjo's tube-and-plate flange gives the Madison a classic sound, and offers players the option to remove the resonator for open-back playing styles. The Recording King Madison banjo is also available in an open-back model with 24 shoes for precision tuning and classic open-back sound. Case sold separately.


      • 5-string banjo
      • Maple body wood
      • Remo frosted head top
      • 26-1/4" scale
      • Dual coordinator rod neck joint
      • Maple neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Thin C-shape neck
      • 22 frets
      • 1-1/5" nut width
      • Maple/ebony bridge
      • Planetary tuners
      • Nickel hardware
      • Polyurethane finish
      • Case sold separately
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      Recording KingRK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo

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      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


      great sound, a little rough condition

      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.

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