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Oct 20, 2021 - 1:42:53 PM
2265 posts since 10/12/2004

Are they still being made? I have a friend who has one of the earlier gold plated 5 string reso models he’s considering selling.

Oct 20, 2021 - 1:44:31 PM

KCJones

USA

1522 posts since 8/30/2012

Is it one of the US-made models or a high end import model?

Oct 20, 2021 - 4:20:54 PM

2265 posts since 10/12/2004

I do not know, have not seen it yet.

Oct 20, 2021 - 5:09:29 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25392 posts since 6/25/2005

RK seems to be a victim of the great supply-chain pileup.

Oct 20, 2021 - 5:25:45 PM

2265 posts since 10/12/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

RK seems to be a victim of the great supply-chain pileup.


?

Oct 20, 2021 - 7:56 PM

12417 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Stevespickn
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

RK seems to be a victim of the great supply-chain pileup.


?


Quick web search shows various RK models in stock at Banjo.com, Banjoteacher.com and MusiciansFriend.com.

Recording King banjos are still being made, but it's been several years now since the company pared down its lineup.

In professional grade bluegrass/resonator banjos, which it seems you're looking at, they have two lines: the entry level (but gig-worthy) Madison series RK-R35 and 36 with 26-1/4 inch scale length, multi-piece necks and other economies; and the RK-Elite series, 75 and 76, with 27-3/8 inch scale length, one-piece neck (not counting ears), Gotoh tuners, real mother of pearl inlays and generally higher aesthetics. The tone ring, rim and pot hardware in Madison and Elite series are the same.

I don't think they make a gold plated banjo any more. So the banjo you're looking at is not only early, but discontinued. My guess is it's closer in quality to the current Elite series, but its scale length is probably 26-1/4 inches and it might not have Gotoh tuners. It will have a more conventional/traditional neck (one piece with hand stop) than the Madison series.

If you're looking for suggestions of what to pay, I'd say $800 would be a great price. But the gap between the $1150 RK-35/36 and $1750 Elite has opened up a price point for a used banjo that's higher up than the Madison but not worth as much as a new Elite. This means a seller might ask $1200 or so.

Oct 21, 2021 - 7:11:51 AM
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beegee

USA

22510 posts since 7/6/2005

I recently sold an RK gold-plated banjo for $800

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