The Elite Flamed Maple

  • Highly Flamed Maple Resonator & Neck

  • 20 Hole Bell Brass Tone Ring

  • Bound Ebony Fretboard

  • 27-3/8” Scale Length

  • Deluxe Hardshell Case

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.



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
Bridge:Maple / Ebony; 5/8"
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
Scale Length:27-3/8"
Finish:Vintage Cherryburts Finish
Case:Included Vintage Hardhsell Case