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Recording King

Handcrafted acoustic guitars made from solid tonewoods and featuring beautiful inlay detailing and options for all players. The hallmarks of American design are at your fingertips. BANJOS: Legendary craftsmanship and amazing features, Recording King banjos are simply the best banjos money can buy. Bluegrass and open back models have genuine pre-war replica parts and are championed by leading professionals. Get that classic sound with a Recording King instrument.

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Guardian Hardshell Banjo Case - Bluegrass Cases & Gig Bags
Guardian Hardshell Banjo Case - Bluegrass Cases & Gig Bags
Combines all the necessary elements for a high-quality, reliable case that provides excellent protection for your instrument. This case is a fantastic value at this low price and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Product# CG-020-J
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RDS-9-TS RECORDING KING DIRTY 30S SERIES 9 DREADNOUGHT ACOUSTIC GUITAR - Bluegrass Instruments
RDS-9-TS RECORDING KING DIRTY 30S SERIES 9 DREADNOUGHT ACOUSTIC GUITAR - Bluegrass Instruments
The Dirty 30s Series 9 models take the vibrant tone of a Solid Sitka Spruce top and combine it with our super-clean Cross Lap Bracing for the best sounding Dirty 30s models yet! feature 25.4" scale lengths and comfortable 1-11/16" nut widths. Specs for great sound are of course included, like bone nut and saddle and D'Addario strings, and the look captures the evolution of the Dirty 30s vibe: transparent Tobacco Sunburst finish and ivory large dot fret markers, as well as the RK Whitley pickguard.
Product# RDS-9-TS
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RDH-05-12 RECORDING KING DIRTY 30's GUITAR, DREADNOUGHT 12-STRING - Bluegrass Instruments
RDH-05-12 RECORDING KING DIRTY 30's GUITAR, DREADNOUGHT 12-STRING - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King's Dirty 30's 12-string dreadnought combines the classic jangle-y chorus of a 12-string with style right out of a 1930's mail-order catalog, perfect for players who want to add a cool, easy-to-play 12-string to the collection.The foundation of classic 12-string tone comes from the solid spruce top. A bone nut and saddle help the strings resonate freely and insure tuning stability. The comfortable 25.4" scale is comfortable and familiar to most acoustic players. Like all Dirty 30's guitars, the 12-string has an authentic vintage-style matte sunburst finish. Whether you're a songwriter who wants to add texture to your writing, or a rhythm player looking for something cool that plays like an old friend, get vibrant 12-string tone from the Recording King Dirty 30's 12-string. Recording King's Dirty 30's Series gives players authentic vintage style with the reliability of modern design.
Product# RDH-05-12
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RD-A3M RECORDING KING EZ TONE SOLID SPRUCE TOP GUITAR, DREADNOUGHT - Bluegrass Instruments
RD-A3M RECORDING KING EZ TONE SOLID SPRUCE TOP GUITAR, DREADNOUGHT - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King's EZ Tone series uses one of the thinnest poly finishes ever combined with finely-tuned action for guitars that resonate freely to deliver classic acoustic tone that's not choked by a thick finish and easy playability to reduce finger fatigue. EZ Tone guitars are built with solid spruce tops, mahogany back and sides, a thin profile mahogany neck and an ultra thin finish. Whether you're picking up a guitar for the first time, or for the first time in a while, the EZ Tone series makes it easy to get great tone from the first strum.
Product# RD-A3M
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Recording King RD-T16 Torrefied Adirondack Spruce Top Dreadnought - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RD-T16 Torrefied Adirondack Spruce Top Dreadnought - Bluegrass Instruments
Torrefaction is a specialized heating process used on Recording King Adirondack spruce tops in which the wood is heated at a low temperature in an oxygen-free environment. The curing process reduces impurities in the wood and results in weight reduction and increased stiffness, producing a similar chemical transformation as wood that has been dried for decades. The end result is a lightweight, extra resonant top that produces similar tone to a vintage instrument that's been loved and played for years. These solid torrefied Adirondack spruce tops provide the foundation for Recording King's Torrefied Series Dreadnought. The tone of the torrefied top is impressive, and when paired with the mahogany back & sides results in guitars with extra punch, projection and warm, vintage-style tone everywhere on the fretboard. Whether you're a singer/songwriter or fingerpicker, the Recording King Torrefied Series guitars are the perfect way to achieve vintage tone in a new instrument.
Product# RD-T16
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Recording King Songster Banjo RK-R20 - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King Songster Banjo RK-R20 - Bluegrass Instruments
With its sharp attack and minimal sustain, this banjo is a great beginning resonator model. The banjo features an inlaid M.O.P. peghead inlay and heart-shaped position markers, plus a rolled brass, hoop tone ring, planetary tuners and a bound rosewood fretboard.
Product# RK-R20
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Recording King RR-60-VS Professional Resonator Guitar - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RR-60-VS Professional Resonator Guitar - Bluegrass Instruments
he Recording King Professional Resonator is crafted entirely from mahogany with a parallelogram soundwell and 12-Fret neck joint. The traditional squareneck/roundneck design and vintage sunburst finish make this an instant classic. The hand-spun Recording King Cone provides true resonator tone. The bone nut and the maple/ebony saddle help give the guitar great sustain, and it's kept in tune by the Grover tuning machines. The Professional Resonator has classic features like rounded soundhole screens and slotted screws.
Product# RR-60-VS
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RR-61-BR RECORDING KING WOOD BODY SQUARENECK RESONATOR, MAHOGANY - Bluegrass Instruments
RR-61-BR RECORDING KING WOOD BODY SQUARENECK RESONATOR, MAHOGANY - Bluegrass Instruments
The RR-61 squareneck resonator is an all-mahogany resonator finished in vintage-style brown satin. The hand-spun Recording King spider cone delivers powerful resonator sound immediately familiar to roots music aficionados. The traditional-style soundwell and soundholes are placed to optimize bass and treble frequencies as they exit the body for the perfect dry, throaty resonator sound. The mahogany neck and body give the 61 classic "hog" style warmth, and the bell brass tailpiece completes the classic design, accentuating the crisp metallic resophonic tone players demand.
Product# RR-61-BR
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RR-65-VS RECORDING KING WOOD BODY SQUARENECK RESONATOR, MAPLE - Bluegrass Instruments
RR-65-VS RECORDING KING WOOD BODY SQUARENECK RESONATOR, MAPLE - Bluegrass Instruments
The RR-65 squareneck all-maple resonator delivers a brighter sound that modern slide and blues players will love. The hand-spun Recording King spider cone gives it powerful resonator tone immediately familiar to roots music aficionados. The traditional-style soundwell and soundholes are placed to optimize bass and treble frequencies as they exit the body for the perfect dry, throaty resonator sound. The maple neck and body give the 65 a bright, brassy sound, and the bell brass tailpiece completes the classic design, accentuating the crisp metallic resophonic tone players demand. Finished in vintage sunburst.
Product# RR-65-VS
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Recording King RD-316 Adirondack Guitar - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RD-316 Adirondack Guitar - Bluegrass Instruments
The RD-316 Adirondack Dreadnought with Solid African Mahogany Back & Sides The RD-316's top is made from solid AAA Adirondack Spruce. The back and sides are made from solid African Mahogany. The 316 has a nut width of 1-11/16” and the one-piece neck is fitted to the body with a hand-cut dovetail joint. The fretboard and bridge are ebony. It's finished in a thin coat of nitrocellulose lacquer for resonance and historical accuracy. The RD-316's aesthetics have been heavily influenced by the standard workhorse dreadnought guitarists have relied on for the past 80 years. The tasteful appointments include descending sized dots on the fretboard, solid black bridge pins and endpin, subdued tortoise body binding and a traditional, understated rosette. The hardware is nickel plated, down to the Grover butterbean tuners.
Product# RD-316
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Recording King RK-R35 Madison Resonator Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RK-R35 Madison Resonator Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
The Madison RK-R35 gives banjo players the option of a high-quality, great-sounding banjo with a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and flange. The Recording King Madison RK-R35 is built around a 3-ply steam bent maple rim, from the exact same construction and materials used in the best-selling RK-R80. It has a maple neck with an adjustable two-way truss rod and a comfortable rosewood fretboard. With a 24-hook brass tension hoop, players can adjust the head tension as precisely as on any world-class banjo. The planetary tuners, geared 5th peg and dual coordinator rods are effective professional components, and add an authentic feel to these impressive banjos. The Madison RK-R35 has a maple resonator with a hand-rubbed brown matte finish. It is built with a Mastertone-style bell brass cast tone ring and a Mastertone-style one-piece flange. The Madison peghead and fretboard feature our Seagull inlay, for a banjo that looks as classic as it sounds. The American threaded nickel-plated hook and nut hardware, as well as the true presto-style tailpiece and armrest are the same as featured on the popular RK-Scout. Like the other Madison banjos, the Madison Deluxe comes standard with an authentic Remo head.
Product# RK-R35
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Recording King RK-R36 Madison Resonator Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RK-R36 Madison Resonator Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
The Recording King Madison RK-R36 is for every banjo player looking for a high-quality, great-sounding instrument that won't break the bank. The RK-R36 is built with a Mastertone-style bell brass cast tone ring and one-piece flange just like our best-selling RK-R35, but with a select mahogany resonator and neck. The 24-hook brass tension hoop allows the head to be adjusted to the perfect tension, and the nickel-plated hardware matches vintage Mastertone-style specs at a fraction of the price.
Product# RK-R36
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Recording King RK-Elite-75 Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RK-Elite-75 Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930's, the Recording King RK-Elite offers players vintage sound and handcrafted construction. Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring, true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim and nitrocellulose lacquer finish put this banjo in a category by itself. With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Flying Eagle-style peghead and fretboard inlay, this banjo proudly carries forward the tradition of one of history's most revered instrument manufacturers.
Product# RK-Elite-75
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Recording King RK-Elite-76 Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RK-Elite-76 Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930's, the Recording King RK-Elite offers players vintage sound and handcrafted construction. Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring, true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim and nitrocellulose lacquer finish put this banjo in a category by itself. With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Hearts & Flowers-style peghead and fretboard inlay, this banjo proudly carries forward the tradition of one of history's most revered instrument manufacturers.
Product# RK-Elite-76
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RK-M5 RECORDING KING USA SERIES RESONATOR BANJO, FLAME MAPLE - Bluegrass Instruments
RK-M5 RECORDING KING USA SERIES RESONATOR BANJO, FLAME MAPLE - Bluegrass Instruments
We've built the USA Series M5 banjo entirely by hand in the USA with top-shelf woods like the Eastern curly maple neck and curly maple resonator. Our original Fan-style fretboard inlay and hand-rubbed nitrocellulose lacquer round out the M5's impressive set of professional features. Recording King Vintage Hardshell case included.
Product# RK-M5
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RK-M7 RECORDING KING USA SERIES RESONATOR BANJO, MAHOGANY - Bluegrass Instruments
RK-M7 RECORDING KING USA SERIES RESONATOR BANJO, MAHOGANY - Bluegrass Instruments
The USA Series M7 banjo is hand-built in the USA. With high-end features like a Honduran mahogany neck and resonator, the M7 will hold its own against any top shelf banjo on the market. Our custom-designed Diamond & Square fretboard inlay and hand-rubbed nitrocellulose lacquer finish elevate this banjo to another level. Recording King Vintage Hardshell case included.
Product# RK-M7
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Recording King RK-025 Madison Open Back Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RK-025 Madison Open Back Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
he Recording King Madison banjos offer players an unparalleled combination of quality, versatility and value. With a hand-rubbed satin finish, a maple neck with adjustable truss rod and a true steam-bent maple rim, the Madison starts with a great foundation for a serious banjo. Add professional appointments like dual coordinator rods, planetary tuners, nickel-plated hardware and a Remo head, and you have a banjo that sounds great without breaking the bank. The Madison RK-O25 open-back model has 24 shoes for precision tuning and a classic old-time open-back sound.
Product# RK-025
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Recording King RK- OT25 Madison Old-Time Open Back Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RK- OT25 Madison Old-Time Open Back Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
The all-new RK-OT25 is an old-time picking machine, with a steam-bent maple rim, 24-bracket tension hoop, and the clean look of all of our Madison banjos. We've built this banjo specifically for old-time players, with features like our scooped fretboard, Presto tailpiece and old-style Remo FiberSkyn head.
Product# RK-OT25
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Recording King RK-T36 Madison Tenor Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King RK-T36 Madison Tenor Banjo - Bluegrass Instruments
The Recording King Madison RK-T36 is for every banjo player looking for a high-quality, great-sounding instrument that won't break the bank. The RK-T36 is built with a Mastertone-style bell brass cast tone ring and one-piece flange just like our best-selling RK-T35, but with a select mahogany resonator and neck. The 24-hook brass tension hoop allows the head to be adjusted to the perfect tension, and the nickel-plated hardware matches vintage Mastertone-style specs at a fraction of the price.
Product# RK-T36
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RM-991-S RECORDING KING METAL BODY RESONATOR, TRICONE SQUARENECK - Bluegrass Instruments
RM-991-S RECORDING KING METAL BODY RESONATOR, TRICONE SQUARENECK - Bluegrass Instruments
Recording King's classic tricone resonator has three 6" Recording King cones that transfer incredibly loud tones through the body of the guitar. The cones are positioned with two on the bass side and one on the treble side, giving an EQ balance with a sweeter, warmer sound. This tricone is made from nickel-plated bell brass and features a screen coverplate and T-shaped bridge with an ebony and maple saddle. The bridge is connected to the center of each cone so that when the strings are hit, the vibrations run through the saddle and then into the bridge. This tricone has a distinct tone and long sustain characterized by brilliant overtones and a natural ambiance only found in resonator instruments.
Product# RM-991-S
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