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Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930's, the Recording King RK-Elite offers players vintage sound and handcrafted construction. Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring, true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim and nitrocellulose lacquer finish put this banjo in a category by itself. With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Flying Eagle-style peghead and fretboard inlay, this banjo proudly carries forward the tradition of one of history's most revered instrument manufacturers.

Also available: the RK-Elite-76 with Hearts & Flowers inlay

Lifetime Warranty


  • One-Piece Mahogany Resonator
  • One-Piece Slim Profile Mahogany Neck
  • 3-Ply Maple Rim
  • Mastertone-Style Tone Ring
  • Mastertone-Style One-Piece Banjo Flange
  • Notched Brass 24-Hook Tension Hoop
  • Bound Rosewood Fretboard with 27 3/8" Scale
  • Bone Nut
  • Double-cut Recording King Peghead
  • Rosewood Peghead Overlay
  • Custom Flying Eagle-Style M.O.P. Peghead Inlay
  • 24 Hooks and Nuts With American Standard Threads
  • Dual 1930’s Style Coordinator Rods
  • Gotoh Planetary Tuners With Geared 5th Peg
  • RK Custom Flying Eagle-Style Fretboard Inlay
  • Presto-Style Tailpiece
  • Maple/Ebony 5/8” Bridge
  • Remo Frosted Head, 11” High Crown
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
  • Nickel-Plated Hardware
  • Includes Recording King Vintage Hardshell Case
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty



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