Recording King Banjo RK R80

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Recording King RK R-80

This model was discontinued by the manufacturer IN 2015.

In 2015 Recording King discontinued the RK R80.

The Recording King RK36 is basically the same banjo without the extra design that replicated the old Gibson Recording King Banjos of the 1930's.

The RK R36 uses the same tone ring, 3 ply rim, one piece flange, tuning pegs, tailpiece, all hardware and has the mahogany neck and resonator like the RK 80. The only difference was in inlay and peghead design.

The RK 80 model was the original Recording King 5-string banjo model. It's design and look is based on the old Gibson Recording King Models from the 1930's. It featured the white binding, ornate peghead and unique design.

The Recording King RK75-Elite and RK76-Elite also uses the same tone ring, 3 ply rim, one piece flange, tuning pegs, tailpiece, hardware with mahogany neck and resonator like the RK 80. The RK R75-Elite and RK R76-Elite have some other features the RK 36 or RK 80 do not have.

Thanks, Ross Nickerson

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 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)
  • 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

What you get when you purchase a Recording King RK R-80
The Recording King RK R80 is an exceptional banjo for the price. offers professional set up with free US shipping, hard case, and other free items. We check each banjo carefully and play them all before they leave the shop. has been serving banjo players online for over 10 years. thanks, Ross Nickerson

The RK R80 comes with official Recording King Vintage Deluxe Hard Case
These hard shell banjo cases are exceptional. They have a perfect balance like the old Gibson hard shell banjo cases.The banjo fits in tight which is crucial for safety and there are padded wedges that keep the peg head from moving and perfectly protected. The top of the case is arched for even more protection.
This Deluxe Recording King hard shell banjo case pictured below is FREE with this model!

recording king hard shell banjo case

The RK-R80 Professional combines classic pre-war style features and desirable modern touches to create a great-sounding bluegrass banjo. The Professional features a mahogany resonator, mahogany neck, bound ebony fretboard, American Standard thread hardware, 20-hole tone ring and a 3-ply rim. The Professional features the traditional Recording King floral peghead and inlay and an authentic Mastertone-style flange.

Recording King Banjos
Ross Nickerson - Owner of -
Nashville, 2016

We are authorized dealers for Recording King Banjos and carry almost every model of Recording King Banjos offers professional set up on Recording King Banjos

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  • NO - Snuffy Smith Bridge
  • YES - Install Snuffy Smith Bridge $29
  • NO - Upgrade to LIFETIME Platinum
  • YES - Upgrade FREE Gold to LIFETIME PLATINUM $35
  • No Free Zero Glide Nut
  • Yes- Add Free Zero Glide Nut
  • Standard RK Deluxe Hard Case -FREE
  • Special Tweed Hardshell Case - FREE


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  • One-Piece Mahogany Resonator w/ Concentric Rings
  • One-Piece Mahogany Neck
  • Mastertone-Style Banjo Flange
  • Mastertone-Style Tone Ring When purchasing options, select the option, and click Add to Cart again
  • 3-Ply Maple Rim
  • Bound Ebony Fretboard
  • Dual Coordinator Rods
  • "Style 6" M.O.P. Floral Peghead & Fretboard Inlay
  • Presto-Style Tailpiece
  • Nickel-Plated Hardware
  • Remo Frosted Head
  • Notched Hoop
  • Natural Finish
  • Nut Width: 1-3/16"
  • Head Size: 11", medium crown (7/16" height)
  • Frets: 22
  • Total Length: 38"
  • Weight: 11.4 lbs
  • Includes Vintage Hardshell Case
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Aug 17, 2015
Comment for Recording King R 80
Ross, the R80 arrived Saturday in great condition as expected. breaking it in now but seems to be everything I thought it would be. Thanks.

Aug 17, 2015
Recording King R 80 customer review
Hi Ross, Received my banjo yesterday, it looks and plays super! I want to thank you for your help and advice. All of your expertise made this purchase a real pleasure.Thanks again,

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