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Recording King RK-R20 Songster 5-String Resonator Banjo

A great-sounding, elegant resonator banjo at an amazing value: the Recording King RK-R20 Songster 5-String Resonator Banjo.


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MSRP: Old Price $733.99 Discounted Price $549.99 Save : $184.00 (25%)
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MSRP: Old Price $733.99 Discounted Price $549.99 Save : $184.00 (25%)
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The Recording King RK-R20 Songster 5-String Resonator Banjo provides a sharp attack and minimal sustain, making it a fantastic choice if you're looking for a great-sounding resonator banjo. Features include a mahogany resonator and neck, a maple rim, a rosewood fretboard, a rolled brass tone ring, a Remo Recording King banjo head, planetary tuning machines, and a maple/ebony bridge with a nickel-plated Kershner-style tailpiece. Beautiful aesthetic touches include mother-of-pearl fretboard and headstock inlays, neck and resonator binding, and a gloss finish. Armrest included. Case not included.

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Things You Will Get:

  • 5-String Resonator Banjo

Nice sounding banjo


Wanted a lighter banjo for every day playing but still wanted a good playing one. I got the best of both worlds with this banjo. Rob at Sam Ash set it up exactly like my B 19 stage banjo so I can switch between the two with no playing difference. And, at 10 pounds this RK 20 is a lot easier on my shoulder.



I love this banjo


Sounds amazing and looks amazing too. For ~$500 you can't beat it. I think I would prefer for it to have guitar-style tuning machines, but the planetary tuning machines work quite well. They're just a little tricky to get used to.




RK-R20 Songster 5-String Resonator Banjo

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Body Size/Shape Resonator Banjo
Body Wood Mahogany Resonator w/Maple Rim
Top Remo Recording King Banjo Head
Top/Body Finish Gloss
Neck Wood Mahogany
Scale Length 26-1/4"
Fingerboard Rosewood
Number Of Frets 22
Bridge Type Maple/Ebony with Kershner-Style Tailpiece
Tuning Machines Planetary
Orientation Right-Handed
Other Features Flange: Nickel-Plated

Tone Ring: Rolled Brass

Tension Hoop: 24 Bracket Notched

Coordinator Rod(s): Single

Hardware: Nickel Plated

Fret Markers: Mother Of Pearl

Inlay: Floral

Armrest Included
Case/Bag Included No
Series Songster
Model RK-R20
Warranty Info:

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Each instrument is warranted to the original purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship. This warranty is only valid with an original sales receipt from an authorized Recording King dealer. This warranty is non transferable. For warranty service please contact us and include the item # of the product, the issue needing warranty service, and an image or copy of the original purchase receipt. A customer service representative from Recording King will then respond and process all necessary information.

Recording King, at its option, will either repair or replace the defective product. All replacements are subject to item availability. If any product is deemed not defective, Recording King shall so advise the purchaser and shall dispose of said product in accordance with the purchaser's instructions and at the purchaser's cost.

This warranty shall not apply to wearable parts. These items include, but are not limited to, strings and frets. This warranty shall not apply if the product has, at any time, been misused or damaged as a result of neglect, abuse, improper handling or storage, unauthorized repair or modification, accident or causes external to the product, such as, but not limited to, excessive heat or humidity.

The Purchaser is responsible for all shipping costs associated with the warranty service. Items must be safely packed in double box packaging and Recording King recommends confirming shipping insurance for the value of the instrument with the end user’s chosen shipping company. Recording Kings sole and exclusive maximum liability for any claim by the Purchaser, shall not exceed the wholesale value for the product. In no event shall Recording King be liable for any indirect, incidental, collateral, exemplary, or consequential damages or losses arising out of the Purchaser’s purchase of the product. The above limitation may not apply in some states.

All instruments manufactured by Recording King are covered by the Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Due to the nature of nitrocellulose lacquer, instruments finished in nitrocellulose are not warrantied for finish issues. The standard Limited Lifetime Warranty applies to the instrument body and all hardware of nitrocellulose-finished instruments.

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