Recording King RK-R35 Madison 5-String Resonator Banjo

$1,399.00 $899.99

The Recording King RK-R35 Madison 5-String Resonator Banjo offers durability, a high level of sound quality, and playability. This professionally set up banjo along with our free package of extras gives you everything you need to be successful at playing banjo. This banjo is the economical bluegrass banjo player’s dream come true.

Package Contents

1 RK-R35 banjo, 1 Guardian hard shell case, your choice of instruction packages worth $100 (see details below).

Quality Assurance

This banjo has a complete set-up performed here at Banjo Compass. In addition, the banjo comes with a hard shell case that will protect the instrument for decades. After set-up the banjo is inspected for perfect function and will arrive ready to play out of the box.

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Choose from one of the following packages to be included free with your RK-R35 Banjo. You can also contact us to customize the products up to a $100 retail value.

Backup Package: Rhythm & Backup 101 ($29.95), Backup Licks & Rolls ($29.95), Classic Banjo Backup ($29.95), Bluegrass Fakebook ($19.95)

Easy Songs Package: Easy Banjo Songs 1 ($29.95), Easy Banjo Songs 2 ($29.95), Easy Gospel Songs ($29.95), Banjo Songs Book ($19.95)

Improvisation Package: Banjo Improv 1 ($29.95), Banjo Improv 2 ($29.95), Pentatonic Improv ($29.95), Up the Neck Improv ($29.95)

The Madison RK-R35 gives banjo players the option of a high-quality, great-sounding banjo with a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and flange.

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 the best-selling RK-R80. It has a maple neck with an adjustable two-way truss rod and a comfortable rosewood 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. We build it with a Mastertone-style bell brass cast tone ring and a Mastertone-style one-piece flange. The Madison peghead and fretboard feature our 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 Madison Deluxe comes standard with an authentic Remo head.

Model: RK-R35
Resonator: Maple
Rim: 3-Ply Steam Bent Maple
Flange: Mastertone-style One-piece
Head: Remo Frosted Head, 11″ High Crown
Tone Ring: Mastertone-style Bell Brass Cast
Tension Hoop: 24 Bracket Notched; Round American Threaded Hooks and Nuts
Coordinator Rod(s): Dual
Neck: Maple with Adjustable Truss Rod
Fretboard: Rosewood
Hardware: Nickel-Plated
Tailpiece: Presto-Style
Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8″
Nut: Bone
Fret Markers: Seagull Inlay
Inlay: Seagull
Peghead: Recording King Madison
Overlay: Black Peghead Overlay with Mother of Pearl Inlay
Tuners: Planetary Ivory Button
Binding: Resonator; Ivoroid
Scale Length: 26-1/4″
Armrest: Included
Finish: Hand-Rubbed Brown Satin Matte
Case: Guardian hard shell case

After years of playing the banjo and having helped over 200,000 banjo players learn to play, I decided it made sense to offer a few select banjos for sale through Banjo Compass. Having sold thousands of banjos through music stores in my career I can help you to have a positive experience from someone you are familiar with.

Banjo Players that stick with the banjo almost universally want a step up instrument that will give them the sound of professionals. A revolution in production and design has emerged that has not only led to the existence of more options for the beginner but also a better price point to acquire the instruments.

The Recording King RK-R35 has become without question the most sought after “Step Up” banjo over the last severals years and there is little confusion as to why. The tone of this banjo is truly phenomenal and has brought the “pre war” banjo sound into a price range that so many musicians can afford. This banjo has the bang and pop that a professional banjo offers while still providing a smooth tone that is easy on the ears.

– Geoff Hohwald