Recording King RK-R75 The Elite

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Recording King RK-R75 - The Elite!
RK-75 Bluegrass Resonator Banjo

The RK-R75 Elite is all you'll ever need in a banjo and can't be beat in this price range. It's frankly not fair to the more expensive banjos to have a banjo you can purchase with this type of quality, look and TONE for this price. 

The RK 75 is a banjo that I would not hesitate to play professionally, take on the road and do it all with. If you get one of these you will never need to buy another one. (your spouse may be happy to hear that). It has a one piece flange, flathead tone ring, presto tailpiece, Flying eagle fingerboard inlay, the neck feels great and produces deep tone. The RK 75 has the cool mastertone-style Flying Eagle peghead design and inlay that Don Reno, Bill Emerson and JD Crowe popularized.

The 75 now features Recording King written in scroll writing on the headstock like the RK-76 instead of the name being embedded in the pearl block.
Big improvement I think.
Here it is pictured below, 12-2022.

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List of FREE Items for this Banjo

  • Professional Banjo Set up  ($50 value)
  • Free 5th String Free Capo Spikes ($25 value)
  •  Free Recording King CG-044JK Deluxe Arched Hard Shell Case
  • Free UNLIMITED Platinum Online Banjo Lesson Access ($129 value) - details below
  • Free US Shipping ($25 to $55 value)
  • $35 Alaska, Hawaii and International Shipping Credit
  • 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. is a full warranty authorized dealer for Recording King Banjos and we carry every model of Recording King Banjo and all other Recording King instruments as well.

Professional Banjo Set Ups
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Your Free UNLIMITED Platinum Membership includes exclusive Digital Access to view or download ALL of these Ross Nickerson Books, DVDs and Online lessons and more.

  • Fundamentals of 5-String Banjo - 52 Page Digital Banjo Book with Video and Audio,
  • 5 Ross Nickerson Online DVDs,
  • 7-Full Length E-Books with CD Tracks
  • 25 Bluegrass Songs with Video Demonstrations at 3-speeds
  • 14 Advanced Performance Videos with Tab and Two CD Tab Transcription Books
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  • Many other Lessons videos and Tabs

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 FREE Guardian CG-044J Hardshell Banjo Case

Recording King Deluxe hard shell banjo case


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RK R 75 Description
The RK R 75-Elite is our most traditional Pre-war style banjo. 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 the history's most revered instrument manufacturers.

Buying a Recording King Banjo at
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.

Ross Nickerson - Owner of

Nashville, 2016

Model:    RK-ELITE-75
Resonator:One-Piece Mahogany
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: One-Piece Slim Profile Mahogany
Fretboard: Bound Ebony
Hardware: Nickel-Plated
Tailpiece: Presto-Style
Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8"
Nut: Bone
Fret Markers: Custom Flying Eagle-Style M.O.P. Inlay
Inlay: Custom Flying Eagle-Style M.O.P. Inlay
Peghead: Double-Cut Recording King
Overlay: Ebony 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: Gloss


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Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00

Sep 10, 2022
Thanks Ross
Ross: Just wanted to thank you for all your help with the RK 75 banjo. Your insight and patience's with all the questions I had shows your true professionalism and commitment to your customers. You were spot on when you said this banjo will help me move along with my playing, sounds great and playability is fantastic, even for me.. This was my second banjo from you and don't think I could buy from anyone else that really looks out for what is best for the customer. Thanks again

Aug 21, 2022
Recording King RK-R75
I purchased this banjo about a year ago from ross. I wanted to give it some time to really feel out this banjo and give it an honest review. 1. Ross is great! easy to communicate with and very helpful. I've made several purchases since from him and it's always the same great service. 2. When I first received the banjo the packaging was perfect. The banjo was completely safe and ready to play after some simple tuning. 3. I tried a set GHS 150 strings per ross's advice and it was night and day different much better sounding, in my opinion. I've since went to GHS Sonny Osborne strings also nicks advice and I love them even more. Very balanced tone. 5. I went with the Snuffy Smith bridge and the zero glide nut. Very happy with both. I also purchased a Neary drum torque tool with the banjo and have settled on a setting of 8.0.Overall the banjo has a deep bassy mellow sound and is very melodic sounding up the neck. It's exactly the sound I wanted and love. 5 stars, I couldn't be happier with ross or the banjo!

Oct 17, 2020
So Happy Excellent Job
I am from Germany and can't tell how happy I am that I found this shop and this banjo. The customer service was extraordinary and the banjo sounds so great and looks awesome. I definitely found a banjo for life.

Oct 5, 2020
it’s fantastic
Wanted to let you know the Recording King 76 Elite came in this afternoon (Sept 29th)! I’ve only had a few minutes with it, but it’s fantastic and the set up is fantastic! Thanks so much for your help, it’s a great choice! More later, Ray

Aug 22, 2020
excellent tone and playability
Ross, The new Recording King 75 is great!! So we’ll set up and excellent tone and playability! it was a pleasure to work with you and Ed!!! - Ray Absher

Aug 18, 2020
Hi Ross,
Hi Ross, - Just a note to let you know I got my RK75 and have been playing it all day and love it! Also started reading the lesson book and it is a great refresher. Can’t wait to get to the DVDs. Thanks for everything. - Steve

Aug 16, 2020
Ive owned 4 banjos before I purchased the RK-75 from Ross. It is by far the finest banjo I've played. I'm not any kind of star player but I noticed the difference immediately. It's great looking and so easy to play. Ross makes sure you get what you want and need and the banjo arrives ready to go. I heartily recommend Ross and the RK -75.

Jun 25, 2020
RK 75
Absolutely love this banjo! Great communication and customer service from Ross throughout this process. I did my research online and hands down best price ... and all the extra add-ons were a total bonus. Would highly recommend this business to anyone in the market for a new banjo. All around great experience.

Jun 2, 2020
Hi Ross! Just wanted to let you know that I received my rk75 banjo this morning! I LOVE IT!!! Been playing it for several hours! Kerry G

Aug 7, 2019
Joseph Reece
Everything came in perfect condition. You were right - I love the banjo. Joseph Reece I especially appreciate the personal attention you gave to my order and the care you took to keep me updated. I have started with your fundamentals book and DVD and they are great.

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