RK-ELITE-85 Recording King Flamed Maple Resonator Banjo



  • Highly Flamed Maple Resonator & Neck
  • 20 Hole Bell Brass Tone Ring
  • Bound Ebony Fretboard
  • 27-3/8” Scale Length
  • Deluxe Hardshell Case
The RK-ELITE-85 is a pro-level banjo with classic design appointments and a longer scale for extra punch and volume. The highly-flamed maple resonator & neck make for a stunning banjo with excellent projection and beautiful aesthetics.
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Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930's, our RK Elite 85 offers players classic vintage snap and handcrafted construction.

Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim provide the fundamentals for traditional banjo tone.

The highly-flamed maple resonator & neck and sunburst finish result in a stunning banjo with excellent projection and beautiful aesthetics.

With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Hearts & Flowers-style peghead and fretboard inlay, the Elite 85 combines historic banjo tradition with modern construction for a true top shelf instrument.

Model: RK-ELITE-85
Resonator: Highly Flamed Maple
Rim: 3-Ply Maple
Flange: Mastertone-Style One-Piece
Head: Remo Frosted Head, 11" High Crown
Tone Ring: Mastertone-Style
Tension Hoop: 24-Hook Brass Notched; Round American Threaded Hooks and Nuts
Coordinator Rod(s): Dual 1930’s Style
Neck: Highly Flamed Maple
Fretboard: Bound Ebony
Hardware: Nickel-Plated
Tailpiece: Presto-Style
Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8"
Nut: Bone
Fret Markers: Custom Hearts & Flowers-Style M.O.P. Inlay
Inlay: Custom Hearts & Flowers-Style M.O.P. Inlay
Peghead: Double-Cut Recording King
Overlay: Ebony Peghead Overlay with Mother of Pearl Inlay
Tuners: Gotoh Planetary Tuners With Geared 5th Peg
Binding: Ivoroid
Scale Length: 27-3/8"
Armrest: Included
Finish: Vintage Cherryburts Finish
Case: Included Vintage Hardhsell Case

Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930's, our RK Elite 85 offers players classic vintage snap and handcrafted construction.

Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim provide the fundamentals for traditional banjo tone.

The highly-flamed maple resonator & neck and sunburst finish result in a stunning banjo with excellent projection and beautiful aesthetics.

With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Hearts & Flowers-style peghead and fretboard inlay, the Elite 85 combines historic banjo tradition with modern construction for a true top shelf instrument.

Model: RK-ELITE-85
Resonator: Highly Flamed Maple
Rim: 3-Ply Maple
Flange: Mastertone-Style One-Piece
Head: Remo Frosted Head, 11" High Crown
Tone Ring: Mastertone-Style
Tension Hoop: 24-Hook Brass Notched; Round American Threaded Hooks and Nuts
Coordinator Rod(s): Dual 1930’s Style
Neck: Highly Flamed Maple
Fretboard: Bound Ebony
Hardware: Nickel-Plated
Tailpiece: Presto-Style
Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8"
Nut: Bone
Fret Markers: Custom Hearts & Flowers-Style M.O.P. Inlay
Inlay: Custom Hearts & Flowers-Style M.O.P. Inlay
Peghead: Double-Cut Recording King
Overlay: Ebony Peghead Overlay with Mother of Pearl Inlay
Tuners: Gotoh Planetary Tuners With Geared 5th Peg
Binding: Ivoroid
Scale Length: 27-3/8"
Armrest: Included
Finish: Vintage Cherryburts Finish
Case: Included Vintage Hardhsell Case
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