Recording King RK-R35

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Recording King RK-R35 Banjo - 5-String Bluegrass Resonator Banjo from Recording King

Official name "The Madison" RK-R35

Notes from Ross Nickerson
The Recording King RK 35 is an awesome affordable 5-string banjo that is great to learn on. It's a perfect banjo to lay back and pick on the porch and keep for years and years to come. They are excellent quality and a safe purchase with our top notch professional set ups, free US shipping, low prices and free banjo instructional items.

Recording King RK 35 Pro Banjo
with Maple Neck and Resonator

The Recording King RK35 or called by it's full name "The Madison RK-R35 gives banjo players on any level the option of a high-quality, great-sounding banjo with a classic Mastertone-Style. He has a one piece flange, flathead tone ring, presto tailpiece, classic fingerboard inlay, easy to play neck and the best tone by a long shot in it's price range.

Please don't hesitate to call me if you have questions about the RK R 35. I can also describe the different Recording King models in more detail if needed and offer guidance based on your specific needs and circumstances. That's what I do and I'm glad to help. I'm can give the best deals on the phone too. 1-866-322-6567 is my direct line. Thanks, Ross Nickerson, founder of

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  • Free Guardian Deluxe Hard Shell Banjo Case
  • Free Gold Member Lesson Access ($89 value)
  • Professional Banjo Set up  ($25 value)
  • Free 5th String Free Capo Spikes ($24 value)
  •  Free US Shipping ($30 to $55 value)
  •  Ross Nickerson Book/DVD/CD ($29.95 value)
  •  $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
  •  Best Price Guarantee - Call us if you find a better one

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

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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Comments from a customer before receiving his RK 35

Ross, I am glad to hear that my new Recording King RK 35 is on it's way. I am 61 years old and am looking forward to my new Banjo more than my first Lionel Train Set, when I was about 8. You and your Company are extremely pleasant to deal with. So far, your Company is the best out there. Not only are you an excellent Banjo player, but you have a sincere pledge in helping people. Thanks again Sir. I appreciate you helping me select the right Banjo for my needs. Your the best! Kim Barnes Maryland


"Dan received his banjo today and is so happy with it! Thank you ! Alice"
Note from Ross: see. even spouses can like banjos

Call us with questions or for unadvertised special prices anytime
10AM to 10PM at 1-866-322-6567 or contact-us

More details


  • NO - Zero Glide Nut
  • YES - Install Zero Glide Nut $75
  • NO - Snuffy Smith Bridge
  • YES - Install Snuffy Smith Bridge $29
  • NO - Upgrade to LIFETIME Platinum
  • YES - Upgrade FREE Gold to LIFETIME PLATINUM $35
  • No - Do Not Add Free Beginner Package
  • Yes - Add Free Beginner Package

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Recording King RK R35 SPECS
Mastertone-style Bell Brass Cast Tone Ring
Mastertone-style One-piece Banjo Flange
Maple Resonator
Maple Neck with Adjustable Truss Rod
3-Ply Steam Bent Maple Rim
24 Hook Brass Tension Hoop
Rosewood Fretboard
Seagull Fretboard Inlay
Bone Nut
Recording King Compound Angle Peghead
Black Peghead Overlay with Mother of Pearl Inlay
American Threaded Hooks and Nuts
Dual Coordinator Rods
Planetary Tuners
Presto-Style Tailpiece
Maple/Ebony 5/8" Bridge
Remo Frosted Head, 11" High Crown
Hand-Rubbed Brown Satin Finish
Nickel-Plated Hardware
Limited Lifetime Warranty

Comments from a customer before receiving his RK 35
Ross, I am glad to hear that my new Recording King RK 35 is on it's way. I am 61 years old and am looking forward to my new Banjo more than my first Lionel Train Set, when I was about 8. You and your Company are extremely pleasant to deal with. So far, your Company is the best out there. Not only are you an excellent Banjo player, but you have a sincere pledge in helping people. Thanks again Sir. I appreciate you helping me select the right Banjo for my needs. Your the best! Kim Barnes Maryland

Same Customer after receiving the RK R 35
Received my new Recording King RK 35 from your Company. Well packaged and the Banjo is flawless. WOW!, what a clear crisp sound. You did an excellent job in setting up this Banjo. The notes are much clearer than my old one. The notes really "pop" out at you. I took a chance on purchasing this Banjo without first playing it, but I could not be happier. Thanks again for your time and expertise in helping me select the right Banjo for my needs. This one is a keeper Sincerely, Kim Barnes 

I hope you liked the video.Buying a Recording King Banjo at
We are professionals! 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 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 little issues that 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. Thanks,Ross Nickerson


Ross Nickerson - Owner of
Nashville, 2016

RK R 35 Description and Specs
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. is an authorized dealer for Recording King Banjos and carry every model of Recording King Banjo and all other Recording King instruments as well.

Our Beginner Banjo Package includes a Comprehensive 64 page Beginner Banjo Book with a two hour beginner banjo DVD and two audio CDs. You also receive a set of banjo picks, a clip-on chromatic banjo tuner, a spare set of banjo strings and a banjo strap
Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00

If you have any questions please call us anytime 1-866-322-6567 or email us 

Recording King R R35 Video by Ross Nickerson

Mar 18, 2021
I love it!
I received my new RK-R35 on Tuesday. I love it! So different from this old Kay banjo I started on. The sound is amazing! Thank you so much! Dianna

Jun 6, 2020
Truly an outstanding banjo
Received my recording King RK 35. Truly an outstanding banjo oh, I love it. Thank you all for the great service and sending it to me quickly. Setup is great wouldn't change a thing. This banjo is probably the closest thing to the old Gibson mastertone that I have seen. Can't wait to Play It Again. Thanks again and I will look forward to doing business with you all in the future.

May 17, 2020
WOW ! The tone, the feel, the awesome sounds
I received my RK-35 yesterday. First word that comes to mind in describing it is “WOW !”. The tone, the feel, the awesome sounds that come from it , and I am still a beginner . The set up is apparently perfect as I can’t imagine a banjo sounding better . This is my third banjo in nine months and will be the last one that I can see me ever needing. Unfortunately two days ago I had to get seven stitches in my left middle fingertip so I can’t play it like I would like for a little while . So I am focusing even more on my right hand (re: your Banjo Encyclopedia ) . The book is helping me to overcome some bad habits from my first eight months learning without your the best instruction. The book is great. It’s obvious that a lot of thought and effort went into its creation. I practice each day from the book for at least an hour and usually more . With the RK-35 I know that practice time will only increase! I plan to soon return to your DVDs and work them in to my practice schedule. Playing by Ear is one of them. Thank you , Ross for a great deal on the banjo and especially for the quality of your instruction . It was a real pleasure to speak with you on the phone . May God bless you and yours! Jim

Apr 11, 2020
Excellent Banjo. Thank you
This is my first time to order a banjo from Mr. Nickerson/ I am very happy with the excellent customer service, as well the professional setup that was done on my banjo. I ordered a Recording King R35, with Zero Nut Glide and Snuffy Smith bridge installed. Perfect setup. Banjo was tuned, all set ready to play. I want to thank Mr. Nickerson and Ed (the luthier) for shipping a top-quality banjo to me. I am very happy with my purchase and I am definitely looking at getting another banjo from this online store. If you are on the market for a banjo, you really need to check out Thank you again and be safe.

Feb 1, 2020
Beautiful instrument
Hi Ross - Received my Recording King R35 banjo safely today, no problems. Beautiful instrument, very well made and case is really nice. I'm ready to begin my journey into the Banjo World now! Thanks for everything! Regards, Doug Bland

Jun 12, 2019
God Bless you and your staff.
Thanks Ross received my Banjo in good shape last night, I am practicing this morning and its going well. Thank you for everything. God Bless you and your staff.

Feb 25, 2019
action is great and sounds great
Hey Ross, I got the banjo yesterday. I am really impressed - beautiful, well built, action is great and sounds great. Really attractive and very nice case as well. I played it for maybe two hours last night. Thanks a lot!

Aug 5, 2018
thank you for your help on this banjo. this r-35 is just awesome!-tim

May 23, 2018
Received the rk-35 today
Hello Ross, Just wanted to say I received the rk-35 today and am very impressed with both the instrument and the care taken to package it. I knew from reading reviews and watching videos that the tone was pretty good, but was very surprised hearing it in person. Fretting is very easy (even more so than some of my guitars). It looks like instead of scales, I’ll be practicing rolls for the immediate future! I do have one question for you and that is How do I go about activating my platinum membership? thanks again, Ed
Hi Ed, I will had Kathy resend the instructions for activating the Platinum Membership. Let me know if you received them ok. Thanks again, Ross Nickerson

Oct 13, 2017
what a gorgeous banjo
Hi Ross, The RK-35 has arrived, and what a gorgeous banjo it is! Thank you very much for getting this banjo to me with all you’ve been through in Florida recently. I’ve just tuned it up and played of couple of my recent lessons on it, and wow, does it ever sound different than the Goodtime. Incredible. Richer and clearer is how my novice banjo ear would describe it.

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