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Recording King RKH-05 Dirty 30's Resonator Banjo

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The Dirty 30's Series sits at the perfect crossroads of classic sound and historic design. Like the original Montgomery Ward mail-order instruments f...Click To Read More About This Product

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Vintage looks, classic banjo tone and light enough for travel.

The Dirty 30's Series sits at the perfect crossroads of classic sound and historic design. Like the original Montgomery Ward mail-order instruments from the first half of the century, Dirty 30's guitars and banjos are the ideal companion for singer-songwriters, folk stylists or traveling troubadours.

The Recording King Dirty 30's Resonator Banjo packs excellent playability and historic vibe into a retro-infused package that makes vintage style and traditional banjo sound accessible to every player. With a great-looking satin finish, maple neck and Remo Recording King banjo head, the Dirty 30's resonator banjos have classic banjo tone and are light enough to take on the road with ease.

FEATURES
  • Multi-Ply Rim
  • Adjustable Coordinator Rod
  • Maple Neck with Adjustable 2-Way Truss Rod
  • Maple Resonator
  • Plate Flange with 24 American Threaded Hooks & Nuts
  • REMO Recording King Head
  • Presto Tailpiece
  • Maple/Ebony Bridge
  • Ivory Tuning Key Buttons
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Inlaid Dot Fretboard Markers
  • Satin Finish
  • Case sold separately

Step back in time with a banjo on your knee. Order today.

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Recording KingRKH-05 Dirty 30's Resonator Banjo
 
4.0

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4.0

A Great Beginner Banjo!

By Bo

from Central Texas Hill Country

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

  • Needs An Armrest

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Practicing

Comments about Recording King RKH-05 Dirty 30's Resonator Banjo:

This is a nice beginner banjo and I'm a beginner banjo player (though not a beginner musician) so I thought I'd submit a review from that perspective for other beginners. First, I have to admit that I didn't buy mine through MF. They were on backorder and I didn't have any patience left. Second, the packaging was sound and secure. When it was opened I was delighted to find a very pretty, satin finished, all maple banjo in great condition. It is very easy to tune and stays in tune for days. Pretty good for new strings still breaking in. The fit and finish was much better than other brands I had looked at in the same price range locally. It is easy to fret and sounds great. It has a nice tone. At this time the only addition I want to make is to add an arm rest, just to help me with the angle of my wrist and picking fingers. This may not be a concern to others. That is the ONLY reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

 
4.0

Amazing Little Banjo (If You Set It Up Properly)

By Pigpen the Banjo Player

from American Southwest

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Needs TLC When Setting It Up

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Practicing

Comments about Recording King RKH-05 Dirty 30's Resonator Banjo:

Full disclosure: I bought this new from a different online vendor (not Musician's Friend nor Guitar Center). I've read a few negative reviews about how the banjo isn't set up well, which turned out to be true. Just about every screw and bolt was loose. The head had zero tension. The action was a quarter inch too high. Fortunately, this is my second banjo, so I had no problem disassembling it and putting it back together the way I like. After an hour of futzing with it and putting on a some new Martin V740 strings, this little banjo plays like a dream! It's surprisingly loud and vibrant even without a tone ring. The maple rim and resonator do a fantastic job. I already have a bluegrass banjo, so I decided to remove the resonator and flange and use it as a folk banjo, and it still has a ton of oomph. It honestly feels, sounds, and plays like a higher-end banjo. If you don't know how to set up a banjo, any local music store can do it for you in just a few minutes. I will say, thought, that if you are debating between this banjo and the Recording King RK-R20 Songster, I would go with the Songster. It's a lot higher quality (with a tone ring) for not much more. But for the price of this banjo, you absolutely can't go wrong. I'm still thrilled with my purchase.

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