The Music Link has announced a new model in its Recording King banjo line. The Melody King is presented as the entry level model to their roster of professional quality banjos, with the same basic component quality as its more costly cousins (minus the tone ring), but with less ornate appointments.
It is an all mahogany banjo (neck and resonator) with a maple rim and rosewood fingerboard. Instead of the bronze tone ring used on the other Recording King models, the Melody King head rests on the rim, which is shaped flat where the head lays across, but without the rolled hoop common in many non-tone ring banjos.
Recording King indicates that they created this rim with a “perfectly flat bearing edge for maximum acoustic contact with the head.”
The Melody King is offered with a hard shell case and limited lifetime warranty for a retail price of $999.99.
More detailed specs and a dealer locater can be found on the Recording King web site.