Recording King RK-R76 The Elite

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Recording King RK-R76 Elite

RK-76 Bluegrass Resonator Banjo with Hearts and Flowers Inlay

The Recording King RK76 banjo is a top of the line professional banjo at a price you can afford. ships the RK 76 Elite Free in the US with deluxe Guardian hardshell banjo case and with the best deal.
When investing in a banjo like the Recording King, our set up and customer service serving banjo players online since 2003 is unmatched.

Recording King RK 76
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 Hearts & Flowers-style peghead and fretboard inlay, this banjo proudly carries forward the tradition of one of history's most revered instrument manufacturers.

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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)
  • $30 Intl. AK, HI 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.

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
  • 100 "Must Know" Essential Banjo Licks
  • Dueling Banjos note for note transcription, Eagles "Take it Easy" Tab Transcription, Ross Nickerson Stairway to Heaven Tab
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  • 48 archived Monthly Lesson Videos
  • Member Discounts on Instruction Books and DVDs
  • Many other Lessons videos and Tabs

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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 caN become big issues when shipping across the country. Let us get it right for you, the first time! We care about our banjo customers and it shows in our work and service. 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
Read about our Recording King Professional Banjo set-ups, quality control, warranties, shipping and other important info for Recording King Banjos at
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Video - Ross Nickerson Recording King RK-75 Elite and 76 Elite Banjo Video
The demo video on this page I am playing the RK 75. The 75 and 76 are exactly the same banjo. The only difference is the RK R76 has the scrolled writing on the peghead and hearts and flowers inlay, same as Earl Scruggs's Gibson Mastertone. The RK 75 is a replica of the old Gibson Flying Eagle Inlay Pattern and has the Recording King written in a block on the Peghead.

Kerri Zeller- Recording King RK 76 Elite - Hi Ross! Your educational videos have been so incredibly insightful -- filling in a lot of missing areas for me. Even though I'm still learning, I gave myself permission to update my profile with my beautiful banjo. I have a healthy obsession with my new instrument....can't thank you enough!

The Guardian CG-044J hardshell banjo case that comes with the Elite 76 is awesome. They fit tight, have a perfectly balanced and well padded handle like the old Gibson cases and an arched top.

Recording King Deluxe hard shell banjo case

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Model:    RK-ELITE-76
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 Hearts & Flowers-Style M.O.P. Peghead Inlay
Inlay: RK Custom Hearts & Flowers Fretboard 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 Beginner Banjo Package Deal includes


Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00

Sep 10, 2022
Totally satisfied!!
Hi Ross, I got the Elite 76 in UPS today here at work! Man, what a banjo!!! I'm loving the 76, I'm glad that you steered me this way. I'm looking forward to the DVD lessons and book that you sent with the package too!! I believe that will help me greatly in continuing my beginning banjo studies. Thank Ross for all my banjo questions and this wonderful Elite 76!! The set up and action is perfect and the sound is amazing!! Totally satisfied!! Bryan Weaver Jacksboro, TN

Aug 17, 2022
Thank You
Ross,I received my RK R-76 Elite 9 days ago. I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your company's focus on delivering value to the customer.The banjo arrived well-packed and set up perfectly - head tension, bridge placement, action, and it was in tune right out of the case! With the platinum membership access to learning material and discounts, I'm glad I found your website before I made this purchase. I doubt that I will shop anywhere else for anything banjo related. It might be a couple of years before I spend close to $2,000 on another banjo, but ya'll have earned my loyalty.The RK R-76 Elite is everything that I was hoping it would be; the sound and playability are amazing. I took it to a jam last night and it holds its own against any banjo out there. It is a great value and I’m so happy with my purchase!

Oct 10, 2020
Great Banjo, Great Company
I spent months checking out banjos online. I live in a remote area and did not have access to quality banjos to try in person. The only banjos I could find resembled something of a Playschool toy banjo. The RK 76 is a top shelf banjo. Ross Nickerson allayed my fears and I’m glad I went with this choice. Top notch sound and top notch construction make Recording King the top quality instrument in this price range.

Jun 8, 2020
Thanks again for the level of attention and care
Hi Ross, Just got my Banjo. Everything looks fantastic. Can't wait to start practicing this Weekend. Thanks again for the level of attention and care you gave from the beginning of this experience. Robert Beebe

Apr 1, 2020
RK76 review
Hi Ross, I received the RK76 I had ordered, today. It came in perfect condition, it was even in tune right out of the box. I must say it was even more beautiful than I expected. The inlay is spectacular. The woodgrain on the resonater is very rich and velvety. The cosmetics aside, the tone is amazing. The action is great all the way up the neck. I wanted to thank you for the personal attention, including a phone call to resolve a problem with my original order. The upgrade is really worth the money and I couldn't be happier with this banjo. Your advice was invaluable. Now I get to spend our next few months of captivity learning to play. Great way to spend the time. Thanks. Robert Starko

Mar 18, 2020
impressed by your attention to your customer
Ross, just a note to let you know I received my Recording King RK76 today and your setup and shipping was great. I took it out of the case, very little tuning adjustment and played Foggy Mountain Breakdown immediately. I am so impressed by your attention to your customer. Thank you so much for our discussions helping me to make my decision.

Sep 4, 2019
My purchase of a Rk 76 Elite
Hi Ross. Just want to let you know how much I love my RK 76. The Banjo sounds and plays great, and looks cool also! Thank you for the time you spent with me on the phone also. As a result I have the banjo I wanted, set up the way I wanted it ! My banjo arrived in Excellant condition And after tuning it was completely playable right out the case. I have had it almost 2 weeks now and as it settles it sound better and better to me everyday. The experience of buying from Banjo was also Excellant I was keep informed by email as to when it shipped etc. I can’t say enough good things about my Rk76 and Banjo If anybody reading this is thinking of purchasing a banjo give Ross a call. You won’t disappointed !

Feb 10, 2019
My new RK R-76
Just wanted to say Thank You for the great customer service that your team provided during my recent purchase of the RK R-76. I had the zero glide nut and a shubb standard 5th string capo installed. The fit and finish along with the playability are outstanding. I have ordered several banjo related items in the past, but this has been the largest purchase to date. Thanks again and keep up the good work your FIVE STAR company is providing. Take Care!John Coble North Myrtle Beach, SC

Sep 1, 2018
Thanks for your personal attention
Wanted to let you know I received my beautiful new banjo, and am delighted with it! And it sounds magnificent, too! Thanks for your personal attention in helping me make this investment
You are very welcome. I saw that you ordered a metronome. That's awesome. A metronome is your single biggest ally in banjo practice and improvement. If you first learn to count out loud with it, without playing, it takes very little time to get the hang of it. Then, when you do play along, play very simply, even just picking one string over and over with each click until you lock in and get on the horse. After that, without looking at tab, slowly build in rolls, left hand exercises and songs you know from there. Stick with it. It will make a significant impact.

Mar 28, 2018
I could not be happier
Ross, Just wanted to let you know that I received the RK Elite 76 with the zero glide nut and the Snuffy Smith bridge and I could not be happier. The banjo and the setup was spot on, it sounds amazing. The banjo is better than the player right now but it is a joy to play. The customer service that you provide is second to none, I was really impressed when I called and you answered the phone. Good customer is hard to find these days but you succeed in that as well. Thank you for a very pleasurable experience, I will come to you for all of my banjo needs and will definitely recommend you to others. 5 stars all the way around. Thanks again, Paul Holstine

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