Recording King RK-R36-BR Madison 5-String Resonator Banjo with Tone Ring, Mahogany

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The Madison RK-R36 Resonator Banjo

The Recording King Madison RK-R36 gives banjo players the option of a high-quality, great-sounding banjo with a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and flange. The RK-R36 is built around a 3-ply steam bent maple rim, from the exact same construction for the best-selling RK-R80. It has a mahogany 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.

Mastertone-Style Tone Ring and Flange

The Madison RK-R36 has a mahogany resonator with a brown gloss finish. We build it 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-R80. Like the other Madison banjos, the RK-R36 comes standard with an authentic Remo head.

Recording King Banjos

Recording King banjos are built from genuine pre-war replica parts. The Madison Series offers players professional sound in a low key package and our handcrafted USA Series sets a new standard for American made banjos.

About Recording King

Beginning as a house brand in the 1930's for Montgomery Ward, Recording King acoustic guitars and banjos were developed during the Golden Age of musical craftsmanship, a period that resulted in some of the most well-respected and sought-after fretted acoustic instruments available. Building on this piece of American history, our Recording King instruments uphold the name's historic legacy using vintage designs and hand-assembled parts. Our instruments have the look, feel and sound of the classic models with impeccable workmanship and enhancements for contemporary players. All Recording King models are made for the long-term - you can hand a Recording King instrument down from generation to generation. This is what we strive for in each handmade model.


  • Recording King 5-String Resonator Banjo
  • The Madison RK-R36 
  • Mahogany Resonator
  • Mastertone-style Bell Brass Cast Tone Ring
  • Mastertone-style One-piece Banjo Flange
  • Mahogany Neck with Adjustable Truss Rod
  • 3-Ply Steam Bent Maple Rim
  • 24 Hook Brass Tension Hoop
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Seagull Fretboard Inlay
  • Bone Nut
  • Recording King Compound Angle Peghead
  • Black Peghead Overlay with Mother-of-Pearl Inlay
  • American Threaded Hooks and Nuts
  • Dual Coordinator Rods
  • Planetary Tuners
  • Nickel-Plated Hardware
  • Presto-Style Tailpiece
  • Maple/Ebony 5/8" Bridge
  • Remo Frosted Head, 11" High Crown
  • Brown Gloss Finish
  • Set Up and Adjusted in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • UPC: 840246035158
  • MPN: RK-R36-BR



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