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Recording King: RK-80A Archtop

Submitted by cotton eyed joe on 7/4/2008

Where Purchased: The Banjo Hut

Year Purchased: 2008
Price Paid: 1450 ($US)


Has the high lonesome sound I like, rings like a bell, plenty of volume all over the neck, I play Stanley style and it fits it to a T folks, I've played a bunch of Stanleytones and archtop Gibsons that cant compare!!!

Sound Rating: 10


My setup is different than alot of folks , I use a five star unfrosted white head and a long Kershner tailpiece with a Susan B. Anthony dollar under it, this makes this thing ring like no other!!!! Also I use an 11?16th bridge to load up the head more for a fuller tone. I crank down the head good and tight too- With all that bein said the factory setup was good too, Remo head and presto, good enough for most folks!

Setup Rating: 10


It really is a nice lookin banjer, the mahoghany wood is beautiful and the neck is superb, not fat at all like most production banjers, really easy to play!

Appearance Rating: 10


All the hardware is the best stuff I've ever seen, all the machining and tooling is awesome, the fit of the parts is awesome as well, everything is put together the way it should be

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Haven't had to yet but I'm sure their good folks

Customer Service: 10


The tailpiece is the only thing I upgraded, but thats because i like mine setup tighter than alot of other folks

Components Rating: 10

Overall Comments

This banjer is awesome, they really are tellin the truth when they say these are major brand slayers, I've played everything there is to play pretty much including Stanleytones and Gibsons, prewar and otherwise and these are right on top!!!

Overall Rating: 10

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