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Sep 27, 2022 - 12:14:03 PM
3 posts since 9/9/2022

Starting to learn the Scruggs style and looking for a learner. Should I get a Fender FB58 or for about $250 more get a Recording King RK35. Both have cases. I just got an Open Back Vance which I love for the CH/OT style but trying to learn all I can before it's too late. After playing blues guitar for 20+ years I found the Mandolin and started learning that and the Banjo now let me go. Thanks!

Sep 27, 2022 - 12:21:18 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)


26485 posts since 6/25/2005

Get the RK. It is a professional quality banjo. Take care of it and you would never need another.

Sep 27, 2022 - 12:37 PM
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4659 posts since 5/29/2011

I agree with Bill. The Recording King banjos are more consistent in quality than Fender imports and are good enough to last a lifetime. And I am usually not as impressed with Recording King as a lot of people.

Sep 27, 2022 - 12:41:47 PM
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1092 posts since 12/12/2005

RK all the way. You will like it, just my opinion.

Sep 27, 2022 - 1:48:55 PM


New Zealand

11632 posts since 6/29/2003

I think there is a big difference in weight between the two. I had a 35 once and boy was it heavy.

Sep 27, 2022 - 2:24:51 PM
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10234 posts since 1/22/2003

Originally posted by banjonz

I think there is a big difference in weight between the two. I had a 35 once and boy was it heavy.

Just like a typical bluegrass banjo…

Sep 27, 2022 - 3:00:35 PM

13697 posts since 6/2/2008

The FB58 is heavy, too. When I tried them in stores I found the Chinese made Fenders, Washburns and other generic banjos very heavy.

Sep 27, 2022 - 3:09:17 PM
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1227 posts since 1/26/2011

I’ve owned both. Get the Recording King.

Sep 28, 2022 - 5:24:07 AM

1838 posts since 9/10/2003

RK-35 hands down. Great banjos when they're set up right with a quality after market bridge on it ! I've owned 4 of them down through the years.smiley


Sep 28, 2022 - 6:29:28 AM

8166 posts since 9/5/2006

RK-35,,, very good banjos

Sep 28, 2022 - 6:56:55 AM

594 posts since 6/2/2011

iPhone both my fender was the Korean me. I actually like the sound of the fender very well but it was heavier than the RK. After I sold a used Banjos I found a Mr. Fender more than their recording thing.

Sep 29, 2022 - 8:18:16 AM

4031 posts since 9/21/2009

The RK-35 is well worth the difference in price IMO.

Sep 29, 2022 - 4:13:59 PM

1328 posts since 11/9/2012

The Recording King, under Greg Rich, has a really good reputation for quality. I own 3 Recording King banjos and one Gibson currently. The RK-35's pot sounds pretty much the same as my older American made 88 Gibson RB250. Of all my banjos I have only managed to break my Gibson, so far, 'which also broke my head on my body. lol -Recording Kings are just as tough as Gibson classics (not so much my head).

Many years ago I made a BHO post about Fender banjos, as I really liked their looks when I first seen them in the local instrument store. I bet almost EVERY BHO member here advised me to NOT buy the Fender banjo, and most everybody here advised me to get a Recording King if quality and price were the main factors. I have never regretted buying this brand. But I do understand the desire for Americans to want to own American made banjos, I just refuse to pay thousands of $$ more for an American made banjo. (I do like American cars though! - lol) Indeed, someday I would like to buy another Gibson Mastertone, but I really have to believe it is a legit for real Gibson and not one of the numerous Mastertone counterfeits out there.

Edited by - Toothless in Kentucky on 09/29/2022 16:20:04

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