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Recording King Dirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top Satin Sunburst

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The Dirty Thirties Dust Bowl-inspired Dreadnought 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 classi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Dirty Thirties Dust Bowl-inspired Dreadnought 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 Dreadnought is the perfect companion for singer-songwriters, folk stylists or traveling troubadours.

All of the Dirty Thirties guitars start with a solid Spruce top and rosewood fretboard, with bone nut and saddle. Recording King 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.

Features
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Classic extra-large fretboard dots
  • Aged ivoroid body binding
  • Satin sunburst finish
  • Vintage-inspired tuning keys
  • Historic Recording King headstock.
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Model: RDH-05
    Body Shape: Dreadnought
    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: 14
    # 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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Recording KingDirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top
 
4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Quite impressive at the price point

By Brian

from West Tennessee

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Build quality

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top:

I wanted a rich sounding backup acoustic. I am not a professional, but I play frequently in a number of settings. All I really needed was a guitar that I could play without an amp and that had good sound. I couldn't be much more pleased. For this price, you get an authentic bone nut and saddle, a solid spruce top, reasonably decent tuning keys, well set action and a good, traditional sound. At the same time, it's light and springy (very responsive sound) and it handles lows pretty well, too. I prefer its sound to my primary Yamaha A/E solid top. The neck is reasonably comfortable and shaped decently... It's a C shape.

In looking closely, you can see and feel some of the shortcuts. The body wood is thin -- especially the top. On the one hand, I can see how this thin material makes it sound a little more responsive, or ringing, but it's a little thinner than my other acoustics. Bridge pins are cheap plastic. I don't care, but it's worth noting. On my first string change, the nut fell off. Easy fix. And there's no pickguard. Also an easy fix. All of these things represent shortcuts designed to keep cost down.

But the quality feels there and certainly the sound is good. Mine sounds like the samples I listened to on the RK website. I strung it with light Elixir Polys and I love it.

The neck feels a tiny bit odd to me. I find that some of my finger positions have shifted from what I am used to at times. It's very minor and it may just be that it's not what I am accustomed to. But as C-shaped necks go, this one "feels" like a B- in my book. That minor knock and the cheap components/build quality knock it from five stars to four. I'm very glad I bought it and may end up with other guitars from this line.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dirty 30s Dreadnaught guitar

By mickey

from phoenix,az

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Sound And Different
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top:

fit & finish good
intonation was spot-on right out of the box
has that old Stella vibe but sounds more up to date
tone is great for this price point
tuners were really good on the one i got...stays in tune and tuners work!

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not great but for the price

By just me and my guitar

from michigan

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent

Cons

  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top:

the guitar came and was set up good,as far as intonation,and string hieght they were nice didnt have to adjust at all,the frets on the guitar are very rough on the edje's,thay caused a blister in no time playing,iv'e been playing a long time and wanted a guitar that i could take out to campfires and cookouts.you have to know that the price is right on this guitar,but plan on doing some fret dressing for sure,the neck is a bit larger than i like,i find myself having to adjust my hand around it to play,wich to me is strange because i own and play many brands and never had to do this before,the guitar is the worst for staying in tune,its a constant battle to keep it tuned while playing,2 differant brands of strings so far thinking they may be the problem,but i use them on my others and never had this problem,so i have to believe its the tuners,as for sound i wont comment on this because i own and play a rainsong and to me there is no comparison and should not be compared to a 2000$ guitar

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's cheap, that's what it is, no more.

By Jack White

from Southern Alabama

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • School Bands

Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top:

I wasn't expecting much and this review is based on what it cost. It was on sale (price match) at the time.

I would only recommend this guitar for a beginner. And even then I would hesitate. I compared it to one of my Epiphones that sold for the exact same price. The Epiphone EJ200 Artist beat the Recording King hands down.

The Recording King had a few high frets that caused fret buzz (which will be remedied). Plus like most cheap guitars the frets needed polishing. My fret erasers came in handy for that. It's a simple job that any novice could do and makes all the difference in the world.

It came with a few finish scratches. With the thin cardboard box RK sends them in, it's no wonder.

It's the lightest weight guitar I've owned. A supposed "solid" wood top (very thin) will hopefully sound better with time.

The tuners are so-so. The Epiphone I compared it to won hands down on that. Plus there were at least two loose tuner bushings(push-in type).

The sound was just "okay". Again a bit thin sounding. Though it had decent projection.

If no other problems come up within MF return period, I'm planning on keeping it.

If the guitar were more expensive and came with all these problems it would no doubt be sent back. But it's relatively cheap - especially on sale. Which is the only way to buy it.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great buy!

By casey

from va

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top:

    the band i perform with was impressed with this guitar at practice but i thought id put it thru an acid test at an outdoor gig since i purchased it for times when i didnt want to take my highend guitars out in adverse conditions...two 45 minutes sets in 45 to 50 degree temps and besides having to tune at a capo shift she held up great...nice retro sound..freinds liked the finish on it..i was just going to keep it in a soft gig bag but am now ordering a hardcase ..its a great great buy for an extra guitar and im really impressed by the quality

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