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Recording King RK-Elite-85 Maple Bluegrass Banjo With Case

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The Elite 85 is made in the likeness of one of the most famous banjos ever, Earl Scruggs’ personal signature model banjo.

This was basically a Gibson Granada, which Gibson had the original gold parts replaced with nickel parts to wear longer for Earl!  

This banjo takes everything we love about the Madison Series, and adds features and attention to detail which more than justifies the extra price in my opinion.  It more closely replicates the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930's, while having a classic Mastertone-style tone ring, true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim, and one piece also sports visual improvements with classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead, classic inlay patterns, and gorgeous curly maple on the neck and resonator.  It just looks more like an original Mastertone when compared to some of the other banjos in this line.  Includes Manufacturer Lifetime Warranty, Free Professional Setup, Free Hardshell Case, Free 5th String Spike Installation, and Free Shipping Within the Lower 48 US

  • Maple Resonator & Neck
  • 20 Hole Bell Brass Tone Ring
  • Bound Ebony Fretboard
  • 27-3/8” Scale Length
  • Deluxe Hardshell Case
  • Mastertone Style Appointments 
  • Lifetime Warranty

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