Recording King RK R75 - Elite

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Recording King RK-R75 - The Elite!
RK75 Bluegrass Resonator Banjo

The Recording King RK75 banjo is at the top of the line of
Recording King Bluegrass banjos with resonator

The RK-R75 is all you'll ever need in a banjo and can't be beat in this price range. It's frankly not fair to the more expensive banjos to have a banjo you can purchase with this type of quality, look and TONE for this price. 

The RK 75 is a banjo that I would not hesitate to play professionally, take on the road and do it all with. If you get one of these you will never need to buy another one. (your spouse may be happy to hear that). It has a one piece flange, flathead tone ring, presto tailpiece, Flying eagle fingerboard inlay, the neck feels great and produces deep tone. The RK 75 has the cool mastertone-style Flying Eagle peghead design and inlay that Don Reno, Bill Emerson and JD Crowe popularized.

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List of FREE Items for this Banjo

  • Free Recording King Deluxe Arched Hard Case
  • Free Platinum Member Lesson Access ($129 value)
  • Professional Banjo Set up  ($50 value)
  • Free 5th String Free Capo Spikes ($25 value)
  • Free US Shipping ($25 to $55 value)
  • $30 Intl. AK, HI Shipping Credit
  • Five Free Ross Nickerson Book/DVD/CDs ($99 value)
  • Price Matching or Questions 1-866-322-6567

FREE ITEMS don't add to our normal discount price which is the lowest we are allowed to advertise by the manufacturer is a full warranty authorized dealer for Recording King Banjos and we carry every model of Recording King Banjo and all other Recording King instruments as well.

...all I can say is WOW!!! This banjo is killer, everything and more than I thought it would be!
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5 Free DVDs with this model
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 FREE Guardian CG-044J Hardshell Banjo Case

Recording King Deluxe hard shell banjo case

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  • NO - Snuffy Smith Bridge
  • YES - Install Snuffy Smith Bridge $29
  • No - Do Not Add Free Beginner Package
  • Yes - Add Ross Nickerson Free Beginner Package

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RK R 75 Description
The RK R 75-Elite is our most traditional Pre-war style banjo. 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 the history's most revered instrument manufacturers.

Buying a Recording King Banjo at
We want your business! We play banjo, know how to set up a banjo properly, have the ability to add custom options and we back up each sale with personalized, professional, knowledgeable service. We add an extra level of quality control that can't be matched by large chains or guitar shops that frankly don't have a clue about banjos. If you buy a Recording King straight off the net, what are you going to do if there is a high fret, a poorly cut nut or any number of possible small issues that cab become big issues when shipping across the country. Let us get it right for you, the first time! We care about banjo customers and it shows.

Ross Nickerson - Owner of

Nashville, 2016

What you get FREE with the RK R75 at ships the RK 75 Elite free with free hard case and at the great price. We also include 5 banjo instruction DVDs and Online Banjo access with a retail value of 189.00 FREE. When investing in a banjo like the Recording King our customer service serving banjo players online since 2003 is unmatched.

Model:    RK-ELITE-75
Resonator:One-Piece Mahogany
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: One-Piece Slim Profile Mahogany
Fretboard: Bound Ebony
Hardware: Nickel-Plated
Tailpiece: Presto-Style
Bridge: Maple / Ebony; 5/8"
Nut: Bone
Fret Markers: Custom Flying Eagle-Style M.O.P. Inlay
Inlay: Custom Flying Eagle-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: Gloss

You can add a Beginner Banjo Package Deal - FREE
Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00

banjo package
Our Beginner Banjo Package includes a Comprehensive 52 page Beginner Banjo Book with a two hour beginner banjo DVD and two audio CDs. You also receive a set of banjo picks, a clip-on chromatic banjo tuner, a spare set of banjo strings and a banjo strap
Beginners Package - Retail value $79.00

Oct 17, 2020
So Happy Excellent Job
I am from Germany and can't tell how happy I am that I found this shop and this banjo. The customer service was extraordinary and the banjo sounds so great and looks awesome. I definitely found a banjo for life.

Oct 5, 2020
it’s fantastic
Wanted to let you know the Recording King 76 Elite came in this afternoon (Sept 29th)! I’ve only had a few minutes with it, but it’s fantastic and the set up is fantastic! Thanks so much for your help, it’s a great choice! More later, Ray

Aug 22, 2020
excellent tone and playability
Ross, The new Recording King 75 is great!! So we’ll set up and excellent tone and playability! it was a pleasure to work with you and Ed!!! - Ray Absher

Aug 18, 2020
Hi Ross,
Hi Ross, - Just a note to let you know I got my RK75 and have been playing it all day and love it! Also started reading the lesson book and it is a great refresher. Can’t wait to get to the DVDs. Thanks for everything. - Steve

Aug 16, 2020
Ive owned 4 banjos before I purchased the RK-75 from Ross. It is by far the finest banjo I've played. I'm not any kind of star player but I noticed the difference immediately. It's great looking and so easy to play. Ross makes sure you get what you want and need and the banjo arrives ready to go. I heartily recommend Ross and the RK -75.

Jun 25, 2020
RK 75
Absolutely love this banjo! Great communication and customer service from Ross throughout this process. I did my research online and hands down best price ... and all the extra add-ons were a total bonus. Would highly recommend this business to anyone in the market for a new banjo. All around great experience.

Jun 2, 2020
Hi Ross! Just wanted to let you know that I received my rk75 banjo this morning! I LOVE IT!!! Been playing it for several hours! Kerry G

Aug 7, 2019
Joseph Reece
Everything came in perfect condition. You were right - I love the banjo. Joseph Reece I especially appreciate the personal attention you gave to my order and the care you took to keep me updated. I have started with your fundamentals book and DVD and they are great.

Mar 24, 2018
Recording King 75 Elite
All I can say is WOW. I bought the 75 from Ross Nickerson at three months ago(it is March 24, 2018 now, bought the 75 January 22, 2018 and it was at my house 4 days later) and have put off posting a review because I wanted to see how the banjo settled in over a little time. The more I have played the 75 the better it sounds. Want to mention that dealing with Ross was nothing but a pleasure. Ross is not as much interested in selling instruments as he is in helping players. Ross is a world of information and is willing to share his knowledge on anything you ask. How many music stores can you call and the owner answers the phone? Ross in a professional player, and a professional to deal with, I really can't say enough about my experience dealing with and with Ross.Back to the 75, it has everything you are looking for in a banjo. The sound is consistent picking low on the neck or high, the feel is amazing, and the look of the banjo is well let me say I enjoy just looking at it, looking doesn't last long because I have to have it in my hands. I have found no flaws, and I have really looked it over closely. Oh, Ross also throws in a lot of really good learning materials, that are well written and the DVD's are done VERY well. My experience with the 75 has been VERY positive, and dealing with Ross has been beyond what I would have expected. Thanks Ross for caring about players and for being the processional that you are. You won't and can't go wrong dealing with Ross.

Feb 19, 2017
extremely satisfied
Ross, I have received my order and am extremely satisfied . I have started studying "The Banjo Encyclopedia". I am so pleased with the level of content and attention to detail! Thank you for the free tuner that comes with the banjo. It works very well and since I already have a tuner, the loaner banjo I am using does not have a functioning tuner, now it does. All of the items that I have ordered are extremely high quality items! Thank you for the time and effort you obviously dedicated to your training DVDs!

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