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Recording King RK-R35 Madison Tone Ring Banjo Maple 

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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.

  • 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

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Great sound: bright, loud, and full


from TX

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  • Clear Tone Not Muddy


  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Scruggs Style

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

Great sounding banjo for Scruggs style playing. The action is very low, but no fret buzz. The head was too tight when it arrived, but loosing it slightly improved the sound dramatically. Compared to the (much cheaper) Fender FB55, this sounds considerably cleaner and slightly louder.

Sounds great all the way up the neck. No noticeable intonation problems. The tuners … I don't love them, but they work. It feels nice to play, though, and sounds great.

This might go without saying for those looking for a quality resonator banjo, but this is a HEAVY banjo. Makes me think I should play an open back instead.

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