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BoneDigger 03-09-2018 04:14 PM

Just received my Recording King Madison, RK36T. It's built on the same chassis as a RK36, mahogany neck and resonator, standard 20 hole tone ring, etc., but with a 19 fret tenor neck.

Wow, what a load a poo this ended up being! After a new renny head, new tailpiece, new tuners, and new strings, plus a neck adustment and having to deepen the slots on the bridge, I now have a great sounding banjo! Granted, I already had all of these things and did the work myself, but as it came from the factory it was the worst banjo I've ever played. I've played $150 Savannah banjos that sounded better. I probably will order a new bridge and the nut needs deeper slots, but as of right now the banjo is playing and sounding pretty dang good!

So, buy one of these if you can find it, but unless you buy it from a shop already setup, plan to make some changes.

It was only a 45 minute job for me, but now she sounds really good! Pics to come soon.

BoneDigger 03-12-2018 11:56 AM

Still plan to get some pics up soon. This is turning out to be a very nice sounding banjo! Yes, it took more modifying than anticipated, but overall the build is not bad. The neck is nice and the pot assembly is great. I think this will be a keeper!

BoneDigger 03-27-2018 10:48 PM

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Okay, so here's the picture I promised. Now that I have it set up correctly, It's a great little tenor banjo! I have it setup with a K&K banjo twin pickup and it sounds great both plugged in and acoustic.

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rsmillbern 03-28-2018 12:55 AM

Looks nice! I have not tried a tenor banjo yet, but I like the sound a lot for non-bluegrass music.

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