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The Recording King RKO-3S open-back banjo, a retro-infused instrument with historic vibe and accessible sound. Like mail-order banjos from the early 1900s, the RKO-3S delivers authentic tone in a lightweight, road-ready package. Singer-songwriters, folk artists and troubadours will appreciate its blend of vintage style and versatile performance.

Maple Neck and Remo Banjo Head Provide Traditional Tone

The RKO-3S features a maple neck and Remo banjo head for classic, open-back sound. Its 11" pot and 26-3/4" scale length produce full, ringing tone that cuts through. The banjo head is securely tensioned for accurate pitch and sustain.

Satin Finish and Vintage-Inspired Details Evoke Retro Style

With a satin finish and retro-infused design, the RKO-3S brings historic banjo vibe to life. Dot inlays, traditional tuners and a bound rosewood fretboard capture the look of early 20th century instruments. An inlaid Recording King logo on the peghead completes the vintage-inspired aesthetic.

Accessible Setup Accommodates Players of All Levels

With excellent playability and forgiving setup, the RKO-3S suits beginners and pros alike. Its medium frets, 1-3/16" nut width and comfortable neck profile encourage fluid playing across the fretboard. An adjustable truss rod provides relief for different playing styles. Overall, the RKO-3S delivers a blend of classic banjo sound and modern, performance-ready design.

Recording King RKO-3S Open-Back Banjo
Recording King RKO-3S Open-Back Banjo
Recording King RKO-3S Open-Back Banjo

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  • Body type: Open-back banjo
  • Cutaway: Not applicable
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Back & sides: Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern: Not applicable
  • Body finish: Matte brown
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck shape: C
  • Nut width: 1-1/4"
  • Fingerboard: Composite rosewood
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Scale length: 26-1/4"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Pickup/preamp: No
  • Headstock overlay: Black
  • Tuning machines: Ivory button
  • Bridge: Maple with ebony cap
  • Saddle and nut: Ebony saddle, plastic nut
  • Number of strings: 5
  • Special features: No knot tailpiece
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: Not applicable
  • Country of origin: China

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