While not a showboat banjo in terms of inlay this Recording King model has all the A-List essentials needed for great bluegrass tone: 3-ply maple shell, cast bronze 20-hole flathead tone ring, and a cast one-piece resonator flange. Geared tuners including the 5th peg and an excellent fret job means you get both great tone and playability for well under $1,000. This example hasn't seen much use, comes with a nice padded gig bag.

stock no. 58633

ModelRK-R36-BR 5 String
Nut width1 5/32"
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Neck materialMahogany
FlangeOne-piece
ResonatorMahogany
Shell3-ply maple
Tone ringRecording King bell brass
Total frets22
TunersPlanetary
CaseGig Bag
Serial NoA16110138
Diameter11"