Recording King RK- R85 Elite - Maple Neck and Resonator - Limited Edition

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5.00/5 - 3 reviews

New product

The Recording King RK R85 limited edition Bright Cherry Red Maple model you may have heard about was replaced with the much better looking Flamed Maple RK R85. The banjo as far as components, tone, construction, specs, hardware, type of wood, all of that is identical with the two different colored versions except now the RK 85 has the flamed maple finish,

This is the new Flamed Maple RK R85 pictured below - Go to this page link for more details
Flamed Maple RK R85



List of FREE Items for this Banjo

  • Free Recording King Deluxe Arched Hard Case
  • Free Gold Member Lesson Access ($89 value)
  • Professional Banjo Set up ($25 value)
  • Free 5th String Free Capo Spikes ($24 value)
  • Free Zero Glide Nut ($75 Value)
  • Free US Shipping ($25 to $55 value)
  • $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
  • 5 Free Ross Nickerson Book/DVD/CDs ($99 value)
  • Free Electronic Tuner
  • Price Matching or Questions 1-866-322-6567

FREE ITEMS don't add to our normal discount price which is the lowest we are allowed to advertise by the manufacturer


RK 85 Demo Video
The Demo Video on this page is me playing the Bright Cherry Red RK 85 Limited Edition from a couple years ago. That model was discontinued. The Bright Red RK85 and this new Flamed Maple are the same banjo except the finish. The Flamed Maple version is staying in production. So, for video tone comparisons you can still use my video of the red RK85 to hear what these sound like,...just not what they look like. You would likely agree that they look awesome in flamed maple. They are the same structurally otherwise. 



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Recording King RK R85-Elite

This model is designed after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930's, the RK Elite 85 offers players classic vintage snap and handcrafted construction. Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim provide the fundamentals for traditional banjo tone. The highly-flamed maple resonator & neck and sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish result in a stunning banjo with excellent projection and beautiful aesthetics. With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Hearts & Flowers-style peghead and fretboard inlay, the Elite 85 combines historic banjo tradition with modern construction for a true top shelf instrument.

Buying a Recording King Banjo at BanjoTeacher.com
We want your business! We play banjo, know how to set up a banjo properly, have the ability to add custom options and we back up each sale with personalized, professional, knowledgeable service. We add an extra level of quality control that can't be matched by large chains or guitar shops that frankly don't have a clue about banjos. If you buy a Recording King straight off the net, what are you going to do if there is a high fret, a poorly cut nut or any number of possible small issues that cab become big issues when shipping across the country. Let us get it right for you, the first time! We care about banjo customers and it shows.

Read about set ups, quality control, warranties, shipping and other important info for Recording King Banjos at BanjoTeacher.

What you get FREE with the RK R85 at BanjoTeacher.com
Banoteacher.com ships the RK 85 Elite free with free hard case and at the great price. We also include 5 banjo instruction DVDs and Online Banjo access with a retail value of 189.00 FREE. When investing in a banjo like the Recording King R 85 our customer service serving banjo players online since 2003 is unmatched.

BanjoTeacher.com is an authorized dealer for Recording King Banjos and we carry every model of Recording King Banjo and all other Recording King instruments as well.

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Ross Nickerson - Owner of BanjoTeacher.com

Nashville, 2016

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$1,695.00

  • NO - Snuffy Smith Bridge
  • YES - Install Snuffy Smith Bridge $29
  • NO - Upgrade to LIFETIME Platinum
  • YES - Upgrade FREE Gold to PLATINUM $35
  • No Thanks - No Free Zero Glide Nut
  • Yes- Add Free Zero Glide Nut

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Specifications & Features

  • MODEL: RK-ELITE-85
  • RESONATOR: HIGHLY FLAMED MAPLE
  • RIM: 3-PLY MAPLE
  • FLANGE: MASTERTONE-STYLE ONE-PIECE
  • HEAD: REMO FROSTED HEAD, 11" HIGH CROWN
  • TONE RING: MASTERTONE-STYLE
  • TENSION HOOP: 24-HOOK BRASS NOTCHED; ROUND AMERICAN THREADED HOOKS AND NUTS
  • COORDINATOR ROD(S): DUAL 1930’S STYLE
  • NECK: HIGHLY FLAMED MAPLE
  • FRETBOARD: ROSEWOOD; BOUND
  • HARDWARE: NICKEL-PLATED
  • TAILPIECE: PRESTO-STYLE
  • BRIDGE: MAPLE / EBONY; 5/8"
  • NUT: BONE
  • FRET MARKERS: CUSTOM HEARTS & FLOWERS-STYLE M.O.P. INLAY
  • INLAY: CUSTOM HEARTS & FLOWERS-STYLE M.O.P. INLAY
  • PEGHEAD: DOUBLE-CUT RECORDING KING
  • OVERLAY: ROSEWOOD PEGHEAD OVERLAY WITH MOTHER OF PEARL INLAY TUNERS: GOTOH PLANETARY
  • TUNERS WITH GEARED 5TH PEG
  • BINDING: IVOROID
  • SCALE LENGTH: 27-3/8"
  • ARMREST: INCLUDED
  • FINISH: FLAMED MAPLE
  • CASE: INCLUDED VINTAGE HARDHSELL CASE

Aug 5, 2018
5
(5/5
Rk-85 Elite
Dear Ross, banjo came yesterday in great shape. Love the finish on the Curley maple. Sounds very good vs my Mastertone. Cannot believe what they can do for less. Will have to check out Recording King guitars. Thanks for your attention on the order.
 

Feb 13, 2017
5
(5/5
Best instrument I have ever owned
Having played the violin for about 25 years and dabbling in guitar, mandolin, and the piano, I am no stranger to music and a good instrument. I started playing the banjo about 4 months ago after purchasing my first banjo which I thought was pretty decent. Starting to get into slides and hammer-ons, and hammer-offs, I realized the banjo I owned would not be sufficient to meet the demands of my new head-over-heels obsession. I tried a few banjos at the local music shop, including the Gold Tone OB250 and realized the banjo I had at home was a toy. I called Ross on my way home from the music shop and went over the different options and decided on the Recording King Elite 85. I had some concerns about the longer scale length, but Ross assured me it was hardly noticeable, and he was correct. I ordered it with the snuffy smith bridge and zero glide nut.I've had the banjo for a few days now and I am completely blown away. I find myself practicing a whole lot more with this banjo because it is such a pleasure to play. To get the full effect of tone, I went into the stairwell which has high ceilings and the sound could bounce off the walls, which was a transcendental experience. Every note on this instrument is amazing. In class, I learned that playing a B on the G string would always be sharp which is why that is often a started with a slide up to mask the intrinsic nature of that note on a Banjo. My teacher then followed up saying that banjos in the 4-5K range can play that note in tune. This banjo can play that note in tune; just a mere 2 vibrations/sec above a perfect B.I really can't say enough good things about how awesome this banjo or the service I received from banjoteacher.com. I will leave you with a recording I made with my old banjo vs new banjo. This was done using the backing track from the member's section of this site.With the RK 85 - <a href="http://rivalitsolutions.com/audio/CrippleCreek-wRK85.mp3" target="_blank" >http://rivalitsolutions.com/audio/CrippleCreek-wRK85.mp3</a> With the SX Banjo - <a href="http://rivalitsolutions.com/audio/CrippleCreek.mp3" target="_blank" >http://rivalitsolutions.com/audio/CrippleCreek.mp3</a>I just started working on Blackberry Blossom but oh my, does this RK85 SING! <a href="http://rivalitsolutions.com/audio/BlackberryBlossom.mp3" target="_blank" >http://rivalitsolutions.com/audio/BlackberryBlossom.mp3</a>
 

Jan 21, 2017
5
(5/5
Recording King 85 Elite
Got the R 85 yesterday and it is one of the best I have ever played. The response tine of the notes is almost immediate when your playing fast tunes like Foggy Mtn Brkdn. The workmanship is very good as well.The banjo was almost in tune right out of the box. Very impressive instrument I must say. Ty. Dave
 
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