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Recording King: rk 35

Submitted by warpdrive on 4/23/2013

Where Purchased: guitar center

Year Purchased: 2013
Price Paid: 699.00 ($US)


the sound is equal to any of the custom banjo makers banjos that I have owned in the past, ect, rich and taylor, goldstar,

Sound Rating: 8


because I have a heavy hand and attack, I had to have the nut shimed to raise the action up at the nut, I also had the banjo spiked at the 7th and 9th frets, nothing else

Setup Rating: 5


the banjo presents itself well, when you pick it up, you can feel the quality and it has a matte finish, which I love, the neck is very fast, and it notes clean, clear and true, the response is fantastic!

Appearance Rating: 8


I have been playing as a professional off and on since 1977 this banjo is as road and gig worthy as any banjo I have owned!

Reliability Rating: 9

Customer Service

I know the reputation of recording king, they are great, I cant say the same for guitar center

Customer Service: 1


the fit and finish of the banjo, as good a new banjo as I have ever owned and maybe the best sounding, the hardware so far is great, look great, feels great

Components Rating: 8

Overall Comments

I quit trying to keep count of all the banjos ive ownd since 1974, I am way over 100. and this rk 35, especially for the price, is the most impressive new banjo, I have ever encounterd, I like it better than the upper models, I wish I had a dozen of them, good job greg rich, and thanks to john boulding for getting me hooked on it,

Overall Rating: 9

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