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Recording King  california rk-12 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by jamie_t123 (see all reviews from this person) on 12/19/2007

Where Purchased: e-bay store-new

Year Purchased: 2007
Price Paid: 500 ($US)


Changed out the bridge and brought the action up to 3/32. sounds nice now. play clawhammer style...but heard it scruggs style and it sounded nice too..

Sound Rating: 8


bit on the low side and the neck was twisted out of joint..both easy fixes

Setup Rating: 8


Really an eyecatcher. get's a lot of compliments and folks wanting to try it out. poly is a bit thick looking, but it will outlive the roach kingdom after nuclear war. Pretty wood, the walnut is different and nice looking.

Appearance Rating: 9


No worries here either. did not have to swap anything out. I play in a band so this gets a fair amount of road time and play time...not worried about it crapping out on me...just bring my basic tools/spares like I do for anything I play.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

never contacted, did the set up work myself...they have a great website tho....warranty seems fair. Doubt I'll ever need it..

Customer Service: 8


the tuners work, will probably swap out in a year or so for grovers. Rest looks and works just fine thank you. Does have the rolled brass tone ring by the way...

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

Nice banjo at a great price. Had been playing another brand for years, but very glad I bought this and finsih is nice, sounds great, have some pride of ownership with it...we've become friends! It it were stolen, I would harvest the organs of the thief, sell them, and buy another one...probably go with the deluxe next time just because...

Overall Rating: 9

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