Recording King RK-R35 Banjo with Free Hardshell Case

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Recording King RK-R35 Banjo

Maple 5-string Pro Bluegrass Banjo with Resonator "The Madison"

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 the classic 1930's Gibson  Mastertone-Style. The 35 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.

FREE Professional Set Up on RK R35
We professionally set your banjo up including, setting the banjo head tension, setting the strings for easy to play low action, make sure the coordinator rods are adjusted correctly and play the banjo to make sure its going to play right when it arrives to you. Our banjo set up and inspection adds another level of quality control before you receive the banjo, this way we are both sure. All banjos are shipped insured and we know how to pack banjos so they arrive safely.

Read about set ups, quality control, warranties, shipping and other important info for Recording King Banjos at BanjoTeacher.

New Head Stock Design on RK-R35
Recording King RK-35 New Headstock without block
Recording King has redesigned the headstock on the RK-35 with scroll writing instead of The Recording King written inside a solid block. This is much preferred and looks way better. All new and future RK-35's are like this. You can ignore any previous pictures or videos that have the headstock the old way. If for some reason you like the old way, those are no longer available.

RK-35 Description and Specs
The Recording King Madison RK-R35 is built around a 3-ply steam bent maple rim, from the exact same rim construction and materials used in the best-selling RK-R75. 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's maple resonator has 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 is an authorized dealer for Recording King Banjos and carry every model of Recording King Banjo and all other Recording King instruments as well.

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.

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 can make the best deals on the phone too. 1-866-322-6567 is my direct line. Thanks, Ross Nickerson, owner of

Ross Nickerson - Owner of

Nashville, 2016

List of FREE Items Included with this Banjo

  • Professional Banjo Set up  ($50 value)
  • Free Guardian CG-020-J Hard Shell Case -$149 Value
  • Free UNLIMITED PLATINUM Online Banjo Lesson Member Access ($129 value) - More details below
  • Free 5th String Free Capo Spikes ($25 value)
  •  Free US Shipping ($30 to $55 value)
  •  $35 Alaska, Hawaii and International Shipping Credit
  •  Best Price Guarantee - Call us if you find a better deal

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

FREE CG-20-J Hard Shell Case with the RK-R-36 includes the Guardian CG-20J Deluxe Hard Case
FREE - $149 Value

Guardian CG-20-J Banjo 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 is the same case that comes standard with the more expensive RK R75 or RK R76.
This Deluxe Recording King hard shell banjo case pictured below for only $39 more. 
recording king hard shell banjo case

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 52 page Digital Banjo Book with Video and Audio
  • 5 full length 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
  • Banjo Chords and Chord Forms Video Lesson
  • 48 archived Monthly Lesson Videos
  • Member Discounts on Instruction Books and DVDs
  • Many other Lessons videos and Tabs

Some of the Online Banjo DVDs, E-Books and Online Lessons you can access Free

"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 RK-35 arriving 2nd week of June.

We have RK-36RK-75 and RK-76 ready to ship now

More details


  • NO - Snuffy Smith Bridge
  • YES - Install Snuffy Smith Bridge $29
  • No - Free Guardian CG-20J Case is OK
  • Yes - Substitute Guardian CG-044J Deluxe HardShell Case -$39
  • No - Do Not Add Free Beginner Package
  • Yes - Add Ross Nickerson 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


Ross Nickerson - Owner of
Nashville, 2016

You can add a Beginner Banjo Package Deal - FREE
Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00 Beginner Banjo Package Deal includes

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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

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 

Recording King R R35 Video by Ross Nickerson

Dec 24, 2023
Very pleased
Ross. I got the RK35 banjo. All I can say is wow. Very pleased.. Everything arrived and in great shape. Thank you very much. I look forward to learning from the membership. Thanks again. Greg

Oct 8, 2022
The banjo was set up perfect
Ross, I received my rk35 yesterday and I am very happy with the banjo. The action height was exactly as I requested and the banjo was set up perfect. Thank you for the easy communication and answering my questions throughout the whole process. My first blind purchase and it came to my house ready to play! Thanks, Adrian Harrison

Sep 11, 2021
THANK YOU! for your amazing help on my recent banjo purchase
Hi Ross, I can't say THANK YOU! enough for your amazing help on my recent banjo purchase (Recording King RK-R35-BR). I almost couldn't believe it when you called me back and spent a half hour on the phone with me to get my order right (added pickup, zero glide nut, and Snuffy Smith bridge). Also, I truly appreciate the educational materials you provide. With your help I hope to become a better banjo player. I'm already telling my banjo playing friends about When it comes to banjos, it's hard to walk into a music store and find much of anything in stock, much less anyone who can help with banjo purchases or service. It's so good to know that you are out there and available to help. God bless you! Sincerely, Craig Balden (Palm Harbor, Florida)

Sep 7, 2021
I absolutely love it!
Ross, My new Recording King R-KR35 banjo was delivered yesterday afternoon. I absolutely love it! The construction is solid and the color looks great. The sound and tone are incredibly rich compared to my starter banjo Respectfully, Scott Certainm Dayton, OH

Aug 12, 2021
Incredible service and outstanding product
I received my RK-35 a couple days of go (SUVURHQOR), it's absolutely beautiful and sounds great. Ross, thanks for taking this beginners call and helping me decide on what exactly I wanted. To do the couple of upgrades recommended and ship it in the time that you did just screams outstanding service. Commitment to a satisfied customer was so evident in the way that it was carefully packed and shipped. I look forward to learning a new skill on a great instrument with the help of your platinum membership support. If there is any advice that I have to share, particularly for a novice, trust these fine folks to answer your questions and share their wisdom with you - you will be glad you did, I am! Thanks Jim H.

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

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