Recording King RK-R20 Songster

5.00/5 - 14 reviews

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Recording King RK-R20 "Songster" Beginner Banjo

Brand New Improved Designed with all the top quality and tone you'd expect from Recording King Banjos.

The new RK-R20 features the same tailpiece, armrest, head brackets, tuning pegs and other parts as their more expensive brothers, the RK-R35 and RK-R36, for half the price.

The Recording King Songster RK R20 comes shipped FREE in the US and completely set up ready to play. The RK 20 is an excellent beginning banjo with resonator to learn bluegrass on and an amazing value. Thanks, Ross Nickerson

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Recording King RK-R20 Songster Resonator Banjo

  • Mahogany Resonator & Neck
  • Mahogany Gloss Finish
  • Planetary Tuners
  • Classic Hearts & Flowers Inlay
  • Rolled Tone Ring
  • 26-1/4” Scale Length
  • Multi-Ply Rim

The Recording King Songster shows its roots with time-honored components that give a nod to bluegrass history right down to the original RK hex-stamped flange design. The mahogany resonator and neck combine with the rolled tone ring and classy gloss finish for true banjo tone and vintage bluegrass authenticity players won’t often find at this price. With its sharp attack and minimal sustain, this banjo is a great resonator bluegrass banjo model. 

The Songster resonator banjo is the perfect high-quality entry-level banjo for a beginner, or any player looking to step up. Packed with historic banjo vibe, and built in the same workshops as the RK top-line Madison and Elite banjos, the RK-R20 punches well above its price class in sound and style.

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Flange:RK Hexagon, Nickel-Plated
Head:REMO Head, Coated, Medium Crown
Tone Ring:Rolled
Tension Hoop:24 Bracket Notched
Coordinator Rod(s):Single
Fretboard:22 frets
Hardware:Nickel Plated
Bridge:Maple / Ebony
Fret Markers:Hearts and Flowers
Inlay:Hearts and Flowers
Binding:Ivory Color
Scale Length:26-1/4"
Armrest:Matertone Style

Nut Width: 1-3/16"
Total Length: 39"
Weight: 10.45 lbs

Jul 15, 2020
Great RK20 Banjo and great service!
Hi Ross, First, thank you for guiding us through our first banjo purchase. We spent hours researching and it wasn't until I spoke with you that things started to make sense. Your suggestions and experience were invaluable and we could not be more please with our RK20! This is a beautiful instrument and the quality and appearance are better than described. Everything was delivered as promised and in perfect condition, ready to play! You have earned a continuing customer! Best wishes, Sean M

Apr 4, 2020
My RK20 banjo
Hi Ross! I hope you are well, and weathering this viral storm we are facing! I just wanted you to know that the banjo you sent me arrived in perfect condition, and nearly in tune. the instrument is beautiful, and well made. a much better buy than those offered in local stores. I have been learning and playing, from the beginning of my stay at home, shut down, and I have to tell you, it has helped my sanity, and for what it's worth, my music is improving rapidly. I hope you and your staff stay well during these horrid times, Please be safe!Sincerely,Rich Rau
Thanks Rich, your feedback means a lot to me especially the part about your progress. That's what it's all about. Happy Picking! Thanks again, Ross Nickerson

Apr 2, 2020
RK 20
Ross, received my RK 20 and just wanted to say the pictures do not do justice to this Banjo. This is an instrument that I will be proud to display in my home and play to any that are willing to listen as I learn. Again thank you for the emails and conversations along the way as I was trying to decide which one to purchase, your guidance along with watching your YouTube videos put me at ease knowing I had come to the right person to start me on my journey. Again Thank You!!!

Feb 26, 2020
Recording King RK20
Ross the banjo arrived setup and ready to play. Looks awesome and sounds great! I shopped around for a while before deciding on the Recording King and couldn't be happier with my choice. Thanks for all your help during the process!

Feb 15, 2020
My RK20
Hi Russ, just wanted you to know that I received my banjo in pristine condition, set up, and ready to play. You and your staff are wonderful. You have lifelong customer here.

Jan 1, 2020
The Rk20 banjo is just beautiful.
Hi Ross. Happy new year! I just wanted to thank you again for your help . The Rk20 banjo is just beautiful. I was really impressed. The fit and finish looked great for a beginner banjo. Even the case is very nice. My daughter was thrilled. In no time at all she was playing with a big smile. Thanks again, Art Monk

Dec 31, 2019
Thanks you for your honesty
The banjo and supplies came today. I want to thank you for your guidance, honesty, and patience in helping me start my journey. I will start tomorrow. Have a Happy New Year.Lonny Warshaw

Dec 16, 2019
It is gorgeous both in tone and looks
Hi Ross, Just wanted to let you know I received my banjo this morning (several days ahead of when the shipping info predicted!). Thank you so much for the setup, I’m so excited that it came out of the case ready to play. It is gorgeous both in tone and looks, a really beautiful instrument.

Feb 25, 2019
Very pleased with the sound and tone of this banjo
Ross, Thought I'd let you know the RK20 arrived Thursday in fine shape. I'm very pleased with the sound and tone of this banjo.... I play better than I knew. You have a lifelong customer for sure. By the way, I'll be starting at the very beginning with your on-line and media lessons, as I think that will probably help with some bad habits I've picked up. You'll probably hear more from me as I work through them. Kathy, I received the "Blazing the West" last Tuesday. About three business days to get here, that sounds pretty good for all the way out here to Arizona. Thanks again, and may God Bless you both, John O,

Feb 6, 2019
couldn’t be happier
Thank you for my order! It arrived this week and I couldn’t be happier with it! Your professionalism and care of the produce are most appreciated! Best, Buzz

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