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patrickjcrum

United States
4 posts
since 6/14/16

07/17/2017 05:53:02 Reply with Quote

Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but here I am. 

Finally picked up a banjo to learn on, Found this at GC http://www.guitarcenter.com/Recording-King/RKO-3S-Open-Back-Banjo.gc Seems like a really nice Banjo, and the guy that set it up for me was a banjo player and seemed to do a really good job. So far, in my very novice opinion, it seems like a really nice instrument, very easy to play on and sounds great. I spent the weekend camping and playing with it around the campfire. Weird thing is I can't find any info on it on the Recording King Website. Now I just need to get going on my playing! :)

 

FlyinEagle

United States
120 posts since 2/16/17

07/17/2017 06:12:23 View FlyinEagle's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

It's this, a Dirty 30's open back.  Not sure why but I guess Guitar Center has it's own designation for it, or maybe RK made a change and it's a slightly older model.

http://www.recordingking.com/banjos/rkoh05

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patrickjcrum

United States
4 posts since 6/14/16

07/17/2017 11:02:37 Reply with Quote

I suspected that it was possible a "GC exclusive" (Such as Gretsch likes to do) but it is available through other sellers with the same moniker. The only difference I can see between it and the "dirty Thirty"is the tailpiece. 

But it seems to be a nice player and I am enjoying it regardless!

Thanks for the info!

Pat

 

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Old Hickory

United States
8137 posts since 6/2/08

07/17/2017 11:24:55View Old Hickory's MP3 Archive View Old Hickory's Classified Ads View Old Hickory's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by patrickjcrum
The only difference I can see between it and the "dirty Thirty"is the tailpiece.  

12 tension hooks instead of 16.

This model is also available at MusiciansFriend, which is under the same corporate parent as Guitar Center, as well as Amazon and Woodwind & Brasswind. 

Clearly a new de-featured model giving Recording King something at the $200 bottom of the market price point.  Your experience would indicate that it's not merely a banjo-shaped object typically available at this price.


Edited by - Old Hickory on 07/17/2017 11:25:50

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OldiebutNewbie

United States
27 posts since 5/22/16

07/17/2017 14:08:18 View OldiebutNewbie's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Congrats and good luck with the new banjo. RK has a model to fill your needs no matter how far you journey down the road to banjo addiction


Edited by - OldiebutNewbie on 07/17/2017 14:09:50

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patrickjcrum

United States
4 posts since 6/14/16

07/20/2017 12:52:37 Reply with Quote

Totally loving it still. Not being very experienced, it does seem to be well made and sounds really nice. I play a lot of other stringed instruments, so I feel like I know if something is a POS or not. For less than $200 (They gave me a military discount :) ) it is better than any others I saw in that range.

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FlyinEagle

United States
120 posts since 2/16/17

07/20/2017 12:55:29 View FlyinEagle's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

That is the deal with the RKs.  They are a lot more banjo than what you pay for. 

You made a great choice!
 

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The Old Timer

United States
9990 posts since 10/30/08

07/20/2017 12:57:08View The Old Timer's MP3 Archive View The Old Timer's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

If it feels and sounds good and makes you want to play, it's good!

Congrats, and enjoy.

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