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Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo  Maple 

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The Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo offers players an unparalleled combination of quality, versatility and value. With a hand-finished ...Read More

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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.

FEATURES
  • 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
 
4.0

(based on 4 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

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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.

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      2.0

      Disappointed

      By John

      from undisclosed

      About Me Novice

      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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        5.0

        Great bluegrass tone

        By RJGtr

        from Jax, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        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.

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          (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          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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