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Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar Natural

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From the same series and built with the same appointments as the best-selling RD-06, the Recording King RP-06 benefits from the combination of a solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany back and sides. Th... Click To Read More About This Product

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From the same series and built with the same appointments as the best-selling RD-06, the Recording King RP-06 benefits from the combination of a solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany back and sides. The 12-fret neck joint and corresponding bridge positioning give the RP-06 the warm, mellow, full-bodied tone guitarists look for in a classic 12-fret guitar. With a 1-3/4" nut, the RP-06 is comfortable for either fingerpicking or strumming.

The vintage O-style body is great for travel, stage or couch, and thanks to the 25.4" scale, still has the volume and projection of a full size instrument. The simple, unadorned headstock and the tortoise body binding are integral characteristics of Recording King Classic Series guitars and built by the same experienced artisans who craft their more expensive models.

No matter what your playing style, this RP-06 has features to impress both advanced and recreational players and can even fit in an airline compartment. Case sold separately.

Features
  • 12-Fret O design
  • Mahogany body wood
  • Solid spruce top
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Mahogany neck wood
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • C neck shape
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Open geared butterbean tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Poly finish
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • 25.4" scale length
    20 frets
    1-3/4" nut width
    16" fretboard radius
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Recording KingClassic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Consistent (11)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Stays in tune (9)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just the ticket...

I just can't put this little darling down! I have other guitars that cost much more, and sound better. I like super jumbos and dreadnaughts, but I wanted a travel guitar. There's...Read complete review

I just can't put this little darling down! I have other guitars that cost much more, and sound better. I like super jumbos and dreadnaughts, but I wanted a travel guitar. There's something about these slot head parlor guitars that has always intrigued me. The neck is very comfortable, although I would prefer more of a radius on the fingerboard. The sound is better than it should be for a small, cheap guitar from China. I believe the long scale length helps in this case. The bass is on the weak side, but then again, its not an SJ-200 Gibson or a D-35 Martin. The guitar fits in a 3/4 size gig bag, and makes it easy to take anywhere. I looked into the various "baby guitars" and the Martin backpacker, but this one sounds more like a big guitar. I don't plan to trade it off anytime in the near future...
I can't rate it too high in this department, because it is a no-frills parlor guitar. It boasts a bone saddle and nut which is always desirable, but there are many different levels of quality with bone. Fretboard position markers would have been nice. But the slotted headstock, wide nut, chunky neck, long scale lenth, 12 frets, and body binding close the deal for me.
This one is a mixed bag. The intonation on mine is scary good! Better than on my custom shop Gibson. But the truss rod access hole looks pretty rough, and there is staining on the edge of the soundboard from the body binding installation. At first I thought it was chipped spruce. The tuners are sloppy, but they work and stay in tune. The fretwork is not bad. All in all, what I would expect from a guitar in this price range. I have had Epiphones look both better and worse.
This little O-style guitar is unchallenged in it's own category for value. But you can get cheaper imported acoustics if you just want something to play.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nothing Special

I've tried numerous 0 size and parlor guitars in this price range. None of them are great. With that caveat, this one is among the better of the lot. It's still boxy and...Read complete review

I've tried numerous 0 size and parlor guitars in this price range. None of them are great. With that caveat, this one is among the better of the lot. It's still boxy and dull. The tuners are close to worthless. Plan on doing lots of retuning or dropping half a rock on new tuners. The intonation is pretty good. The pyramid bridge is not well defined. It's as close to a mound as it is to a pyramid.

This guitar probably works best for blues with its tradition of inexpensive guitars. If you're new to guitars you'll probably be OK with the RP-06. If you've been playing a while and have a few nice ones, you probably already know what you're getting here.

I own this guitar. My other guitars include Martin 00-15, 00-18v, OM-28v, D-18vs, Taylor GC7 and some others. Let no one persuade you that it sounds as good as a Martin. It doesn't. But it is about as good a parlor as you can get in this price range. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a small, comfortable beater as a camping blues box.

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5.0

Great value

By Buford

from Bellingham, Wa

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

    Travel guitar

     
    5.0

    Did you grease the tuners?

    By jeff

    from c'ville

    About Me Child

    Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

    Did you grease the tuners?

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    If you buy out of the box

    By JD COOKS

    from Blueridge Mountains VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune
    • Well Built And Finished

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues
    • Writing And Recording

    Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

    When you look for a guitar to be close to those the old bluesmen played, remember that they mostly played dime store boxes. With a little set up knowledge and the right strings, this guitar fits the bill perfectly.It is better than a dime store box by far. These O size guitars are not intended for the heavy string bangers. I have played blues and eclitic styles for over 40 years and I gave up the flat pick long ago. Bare finger style and premier strings of the correct gage for this instrument will bring out the nuances hidden within. If you want to be loud, install a pickup. Just remember. Loud ain't better. Bottom line: if you buy "out of the box" better learn proper setup.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great little guitar

    By Tux

    from Baltimore

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

      I had bought one of these about couple of yeara ago. ste this ould Gave it to my son. I was looking for a road guitar for camping and just a fooling around insterment. Walked into a shop and there it was. And at a price I could not resist. I think it was a factory second but I could find no flaw. Got it home and found a few differences from the one from before. Wider neck. Better sound. I could set this up for performing with alittle work. I really like this little guitar. Had a parlor from a top brand and at about 7 times the price. This one works better

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Recording King RP-06

      By oldman54

      from Oxford, Alabama

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Beautiful Tuners
      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good String Spacing
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Needs A Hardshell Case

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

      Of my three small body acoustic guitars, this is by far the nicest. I have been studying fingerpicking and the string spacing is more than wide enough to accomodate my fingers. The finish is very nice on my guitar although there were 2 splashes that have rubbed off, one on the neck and one on the upper bout above the fretboard. I see folks complaining about the tuners, but of all my acoustics, this has the best gears and the buttons are substantial. I have no issues keeping this guitar tuned, especially considering I'm pulling the strings out of tune with my fingertips. The tone is surprisingly bright and easily keeps up with much larger acoustics. The one thing it needs is a hardshell case. I would love to buy a high priced parlor but I can't justify it, so, this instrument is the one I use the most.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Unplayable

      By Finger picker

      from Virginia

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • High Action Fret Buzz
      • Requires Constant Tuning

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

      Instrument arrived with severe fret buzz and high action along the length of the neck.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      RP-06 Great Deal

      By SteveM

      from Vermont

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

          This guitar is a steal for the money. At this price it raises a question: is the Martin single O really worth 11 times the money and sound 11 times better than the RP-06? The answer is NO. Many guitar players are brand obsessed and try to justify the price of high end guitars.

          If you can get this guitar without blems it is worth its weight in gold.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Updated review

          By Parlor Strummenpik

          from USA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

            After owning this for just over a year, I can say that it is the best small bodied guitar for the money. Period.
            Right out of the box it came set up with nice action. The finish is beautiful.
            Keep in mind that it is a '0' size guitar, and has that delta bluesy sound that I love.
            Easy to play on the couch, or anywhere you want to take it.
            If this is your price point, get it! You will NOT be disappointed.
            I'm not sure why other reviews whine about the tuners... they are fine open-geared tuners... never had a problem.
            I personally LOVE the slotted headstock, and just a simple youtube search reveals many how-to's on how to properly string a slotted head guitar. It isn't hard... my 12 year old changes his own strings on it.

             
            4.0

            Nice instrument for the money.

            By OldOldBeginner

            from western Pennsylvania

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

                I own a solid-top, laminate back and sides Martin DM dreadnought and an all-laminate Talisman acoustic-electric. The Recording King sounds WAY better than the Talisman, but not quite as rich as the Martin, especially in the low end.
                I like the smaller sized body of the O-style, as I have a shoulder issue that makes the dreadnought uncomfortable. The neck - a modified "C" shape - is markedly thicker than the low-oval profile of the Martin.
                I play fingerstyle and like the neck width. Not too wide, not cramped. However, the action seems a bit low - compared to the Martin at least. The Talisman is definitely higher than either. I also noted that the G string ALWAYS slips a bit when tuning.
                I've only had it for about a week, but really enjoy playing. It's not so loud as the Martin, but I've been picking it up several times a day - because it's small and easy to handle.
                It's a solid-top guitar at a great price. It sounds good, handles well, and - if you like simple - looks nice. I'm extremely happy.
                One note - the thick neck makes the choice of case important. I bought the Silver Creek Classical hard case and it's a close fit.

                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Nothing Special

                By Johnson Fan

                from New York

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Flat Sound
                  • Requires Constant Tuning

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

                    I've tried numerous 0 size and parlor guitars in this price range. None of them are great. With that caveat, this one is among the better of the lot. It's still boxy and dull. The tuners are close to worthless. Plan on doing lots of retuning or dropping half a rock on new tuners. The intonation is pretty good. The pyramid bridge is not well defined. It's as close to a mound as it is to a pyramid.

                    This guitar probably works best for blues with its tradition of inexpensive guitars. If you're new to guitars you'll probably be OK with the RP-06. If you've been playing a while and have a few nice ones, you probably already know what you're getting here.

                    I own this guitar. My other guitars include Martin 00-15, 00-18v, OM-28v, D-18vs, Taylor GC7 and some others. Let no one persuade you that it sounds as good as a Martin. It doesn't. But it is about as good a parlor as you can get in this price range. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a small, comfortable beater as a camping blues box.

                    Displaying reviews 1-10

                    Back to Top

                    Previous | Next »

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