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Recording King RK Elite 85

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Recording King RK Elite 85 

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.

Why Buy A Guitar From Palen Music Center?

Palen Music Center has a wide range of unique guitars to enhance the sound of your music! We have been trusted by musicians across the country since 1963 and are constantly working to provide the best value for our customers. With the addition of our new PLEK machine and our longtime veteran luthiers, we are pleased to provide top-quality guitar repair.


  • Highly Flamed Maple Resonator & Neck
  • 20 Hole Bell Brass Tone Ring
  • Bound Ebony Fretboard
  • 27-3/8” Scale Length


  • 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 Hardshell Case

Condition: Excellent. Light wear typical of a gently used instrument. Light surface scratches, scuffs, etc. Please see pictures. With Hard Shell Case.

The instrument pictured is the exact instrument you’ll receive. All fretted instruments receive a free complimentary professional setup.

Please feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable sales staff with any additional questions!