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Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O
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A solid spruce top and period refinements make this vintage-style O guitar a winner.

The Dirty Thirties Dust Bowl-inspired Single O is meant to sound great wherever the road takes you. With a solid top and old-style matte sunburst finish, it sits at the perfect crossroads of classic sound, vintage style and exceptional value. Like the original Montgomery Ward mail order guitars in the first half of the century, the Dirty Thirties Single O is the perfect companion for singer-songwriters, folk stylists or traveling troubadours.

All of Recording King's Dirty Thirties guitars start with a solid Spruce top and rosewood fretboard, with bone nut and saddle. They've finished each guitar with classic extra-large fretboard dots, aged ivoroid body binding, satin sunburst finish, vintage-inspired tuning keys and the historic Recording King headstock.

The Dirty Thirties Series packs excellent playability and historic vibe into an ultra-affordable package that makes vintage style accessible to even the most budget-conscious players. Case sold separately.

Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O Features:

  • Solid Spruce top
    Rosewood fretboard
    Bone nut and saddle
    Extra-large fretboard dots
    Aged ivoroid body binding
    Satin sunburst finish
    Vintage-inspired tuning keys
    Historic Recording King headstock
    Case sold separately

Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O Specifications:

  • Model: Rph-05
    Body Shape: O
    Top Material: Solid Spruce
    Back Material: White Wood
    Side Material: White Wood
    Top Bracing Pattern: Forward X-Bracing
    Top Braces: Scalloped
    Neck Material: Nato
    Neck Profile: Contemporary "C"
    Neck Joint: Dovetail
    Fretboard Material: Rosewood
    Scale Length: 25.4"
    # Of Frets Clear: 12
    # Of Frets Total: 20
    Nut Material: Bone
    Nut Width: 1-11/16"
    Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
    Headstock Inlay: Recording King Decal
    Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style, Plastic Button
    Body Binding: Ivory
    Rosette: Classic Style
    Top Purfling: None
    Fretboard Inlays: Classic Extra-Large
    Fretboard Binding: None
    Bridge Material: Rosewood
    Bridge Shape: Straight
    Saddle: Bone
    Bridge Pins & Endpin: Ivory Plastic
    Pickguard: None
    Finish: Satin Sunburst
    Electronics: None

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  • NICE PARLOR GUITAR for the money .....

    As reviewed by Shanti Goble on 7/5/2013

    Had my doubts about purchasing such an in-expensive sight unseen guitar, but the specs looked right, so i ordered. It is such a great little guitar for the money!!! The workmanship is exceptable/good actually; but im coming from a history of Martins and Taylors so i may be a bit more critical. I wanted a smaller FINGERSTYLE guitar that was fun and easy to play while still managing to sound like a guitar and not some $25.00 beginner toy. I was pleasantly surprised at the excellent projection of mid-tones while the bass and highs are more balanced and not over-powering. If you're looking for all of the above I highly recommend this little guitar.... and its so portable you'll be taking it places you wouldnt think of taking your expensive dread.!!!

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  • For the price a great lil instrument!

    As reviewed by CHRISTOPHER WATSON on 5/28/2013

    I been wanting to try this series of recording king guitars out for some time. I used to own a RD06 and for what it was, it played very very well. When this line came out I seen the price tag, the vintage 30's throwback vibe and had to try em out. I preferred the 000 on looks and was drawn to it. But this lil thing was hanging right beside so I gave it a play. Great lil boxy bluesey tone and very responsive and well put together. Felt kind of light, I think it's made from pine of some kind. But hey, this is no 3000$ guitar.That being said it is well built for an instrument in that price range! Well worth looking into if you are a pro player looking for a great playing "beater" guitar or for a young learner, due to it's size and price. You can't really go wrong with this guitar!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Best Cheap Guitar I Ever Owned

    As reviewed by Atom on 1/5/2015

    I just received my Recording King Dirty-Thirties solid top single-0 and I am impressed! It is a GREAT guitar for the price-- well made and nicely finished. I am also impressed by Guitar Center's Borderfree international service-- my guitar arrived in one piece with no damage whatsoever! I live in Manila and this guitar went from China (where it was manufactured) to the US then back to Hong-Kong via DHL before ending with me-- that is a roundtrip journey. The RPH-05 is exactly what Recording King advertises it to be, a great copy of its 1930's catalogue guitar. If you want vintage vibe, particularly those guitars probably used by the Delta Blues artists of old, the RPH-05 is as close as you could get... probably even slightly better sounding, since it has a solid spruce top. I have an Epiphone EL-00 Pro and this guitar sounds almost as good, the only marked difference of course is in the finish. But the roughness of the satin stain, the cheap tuners (that are barely flushed)and its feather weight feel (due to the whitewood for the sides and the back) only adds to its authentic charm.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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