This is a B-stock Recording King bought in 2017 on eBay from seller Zephyr-Surplus. He's a well-known broker of RK seconds. Like most of his instruments, this RK-35 came to me brand-new. It has slight cosmetic and functional issues that I'll describe here, but in short, it looks good and plays very well.
Cosmetically, the grain in the neck has some odd dark spots. That's pretty much it.
Functionally, the frets are not fully dressed back to the binding, so there is a little overhang on the fret ends that you can feel when you play. It's not bad - I've had banjos where the fingerboard shrank and the frets cracked the binding, but there's no sign of any of that here. When you slide up and down the neck, you can feel the fret edges, and if you pull the first or fifth string off the side of the neck it will hang up on the fret ends in a few spots. It affects the playability a bit, but it's an easy fix with a fret file or probably a $50 job at a luthier. It's minor enough that I never had the work done, but it's there.
Regarding play wear, there's a little bit of fret wear on the first few frets. I tried to get it in one of the pictures but it didn't really show up, and it doesn't affect playing or sound. There's some playing grime on the bass side of the tone ring and hoop, shown in the pictures, but that's easily cleaned. The plating has no pitting and the wood finish has no scratches, dents or other marks. There's the usual play wear on the head. The RK-35 has a matte finish but the back of the neck has gotten shiny from playing.
This is a good sounding RK. I typically buy a low-priced Mastertone-style banjo once every three or four years to show my beginner students the next step up, and this RK was my most recent purchase. I replace the banjo partly to keep up with current models and partly to get the experience that my beginners will have when they shop for their next banjo. The pandemic has meant I haven’t had much opportunity to use this banjo in the past year, so it has less wear than it otherwise would have.
With new RK-35s selling for around $1000 and used ones listed for not much less, this is a pretty good price for a lightly used one with minor issues. I paid $500 new for this banjo without a case, and will include a hardshell case with the purchase. If the ad stays up long enough, I’ll post pictures of the case that will go with the banjo.
Sorry to have left this detail out of the description - the strap is not included in this purchase.
Pictures and a sound sample video are posted in the more info URL.
United States, Winchester, MA, 01890
Buyer pays actual shipping cost. No handling or other fees.
Payment Option Notes:
At this price, I'll take PayPal but will ask the buyer to split their commission.
Returns accepted. Buyer must contact seller within 7 days to arrange return. Refund will be given as Money Back. Buyer pays return shipping.
Condition of Item(s):
Used - Excellent Condition
More Info URL:
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