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Recording King RK-R20: RK-R20

Submitted by chkland724 on 2/19/2019

Where Purchased: Hatfield Music

Year Purchased: 2019
Price Paid: $425 ($US)


This is a nice, crisp sounding banjo. I think it sounds good all the way up the neck. Nice sustain.

Sound Rating: 8


Nicely set up. All I had to do was tune it. Action was a little higher than I am used to, but I like it.

Setup Rating: 8


This is a very nice looking instrument. Inlay is nice and peghead is ornate and impressive.Looks like a more expensive banjo.

Appearance Rating: 8


All components seem high quality. The banjo hold tune very well.

Reliability Rating: 8

Customer Service

Haven't needed it yet. Hope I don't.

Customer Service: 8


Everything looks good.

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

This is considered a beginning banjo. I have been playing for a little over 4 years and it suits me just fine so I would consider it a nice intermediate instrument as well. All in all a good banjo at a good price.

Overall Rating: 8

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by chkland724 on 4/11/2017

Where Purchased: Mike

Overall Comments

Very few products can be considered perfect. Duct tape and Bic lighters come to mind. Now there is Mike's Mute. This little gem does not do what a mute should not do. It does not fall off or buzz your strings or move your bridge or throw your banjo out of tune. All it does is stay where you put it and mute your banjo. Simple. Perfect. Thanks, Mike.

Overall Rating: 10

Gold Tone: BG-150F

Submitted by chkland724 on 4/8/2017

Where Purchased:

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: 696.75 ($US)


Sounds great. Lots of volume and a very crisp tone.

Sound Rating: 9


setup by Goldtone.

Setup Rating: 10


Really nice looking banjo. Love ther inlays and the finish. The engraved armrest and tailpiece give added look of quality.

Appearance Rating: 10


Hardware is very nice and seems that it will hold up well.

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

Lifetime warrenty from Goldtone is great.

Customer Service: 9


Everything looks well made and well constructed

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

I bought this banjo as an upgrade from my Washburn B-9 and there is a world of difference. I know I will be happy with this banjo for a long time.

Overall Rating: 9


Submitted by chkland724 on 4/8/2017

Overall Comments

I ordered a Gold Tone BG150F from Ross over the phone on Monday. The banjo came Friday which is good service. Ross is one of the good guys. Very easy to deal with and as mentioned the service is great. I cannot imagine anything a banjo player could need or want that Ross does not have. Ten  BIG stars.

Overall Rating: 10

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