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Recording King  #037 Banjo Reviews

Submitted by PaulKirby (see all reviews from this person) on 8/4/2009

Where Purchased: BHO Classifieds

Year Purchased: 09
Price Paid: 1200 ($US) (bought USED)


Great sound. It's been set up by Charlie Cushman and has a Kateyz bridge. It's a typical maple: bright and ringing, great mid-range, nice growly 4th string. I did some studio work with this banjo right after I got it, and was really surprised at the variety of sound I could find. This banjo really talks as well as sings. I was at Charlie Cushman's house playing a couple of his pre-war flatheads and he left the room to answer the door. When he was gone I picked up my Scout and kept playing. When he got back in the room he said 'Hell, I thought you were playing one of mine!'

Sound Rating: 9


Charlie Cushman picked number 26 as one of two to be shown at IBMA 08. It was already a good banjo, but with Charlie's set up it is really excellent. Easy playing, sounds true everywhere on the neck.

Setup Rating: 9


Beautiful banjo, figured maple neck and resonator with a reddish sunburst. The fit and finish are excellent. I swapped out the truss rod cover because that was the only part of the banjo I wasn't wild about. The RK banjos have a polyurethene finish, which is very durable and looks great, but is not necessarily to everyone's taste.

Appearance Rating: 9


Good hardware. I put on Keith tuners when I got it, and the holes were not quite big enough, but that was easy enough to fix. This banjo plays in tune well, and gives me no worries.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I haven't dealt with the company, other than to deal with RKs set up man for this model, Charlie Cushman, and he has been excellent.

Customer Service: 9


It's really all good. I didn't like the truss rod cover, but that's a question of taste.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I love this banjo. It sounds great: good projection, interesting sound at every volume level, it's a joy to play, feels great, looks great. I have played a Gibson RB-250 for over a year now, and this banjo just has it beat. I don't use 10s in a review, so 9 is my highest rating, and this banjo gets my highest rating.


Overall Rating: 9

Submitted by earlhound3 (see all reviews from this person) on 7/21/2009

Where Purchased: music store CA

Year Purchased: 2009
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter


Sounded better than my old one out of box. Had a 4th sting vibrating.
Took to Charlie Cushman for set-up (WOW) came to life
Loud, bright, Clear Sounds amazing

Sound Rating: not rated


See above did nothing to it myself.

Setup Rating: 10


Great appearance for the price, nice inlay and colorful blended resonator

Appearance Rating: 8


This may be my last Banjo, unless I inherit one.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

No warranty bought used. no problem thought great piece of work

Customer Service: not rated


For a pro, maybe some tweeks, for myself just minor tuning and changes

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I recomment this banjo to anyone looking to upgrade, or for that mater someone profesional looking for back-up.
If stolen my heart has gone with it don't know if I could ever replace it.
Blows my old one out of the water.

Overall Rating: 10

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