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Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O Satin Sunburst

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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 satin sunburst finish, it sits at the perfect crossroads of classic s... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 satin 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, matte 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
  • Extra-large fretboard dots
  • Aged ivoroid body binding
  • Satin sunburst finish
  • Vintage-inspired tuning keys
  • Historic Recording King headstock
  • Case sold separately
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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Recording KingDirty Thirties Solid Top Single O
 
4.5

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (32)
  • Good feel (30)
  • Stays in tune (26)
  • Good audio (20)
  • Consistent (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (28)
  • Jamming (24)
  • Recording (17)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (10), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great deal!

I have been wanting a 0 guitar for quite some time. I went to several music stores looking at Loars, Gibsons, Larivees, Martins, Blueridge, and more. Now, to be fair,...Read complete review

I have been wanting a 0 guitar for quite some time. I went to several music stores looking at Loars, Gibsons, Larivees, Martins, Blueridge, and more. Now, to be fair, a guitar of this price won't compare fairly to a Gibson or Martin, yet, this guitar still holds its own just fine. Now Loars are also made in China and make a more fair comparison. I played Loars at three times the price and half the value. All 3 guitars in the Dirty Thirties series are a fantastic simple value. If you want something that sounds great, feels great and doesn't break your wallet, this is the guitar that has the best bang for your buck. If you have the money to spend on a Gibson or a Martin, then this definitely won't compare. But, for my budget, this works perfect and makes me excited about playing more acoustic. Another guy complained about buzz. The 0's tend to have a break up which blues players dig. I'm not sure if that's what he's talking about. But I had absolutely no fret buzz. The set up in unbelievable for a cheap Chinese guitar. and by cheap I mean price, not quality.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great little guitar but frets aren't glued in.

I bought this guitar at a GC in Phx, AZ on holidays. Actually it was the RPH-05 (Satin Black finish) that is now on the RK site but not here. The...Read complete review

I bought this guitar at a GC in Phx, AZ on holidays. Actually it was the RPH-05 (Satin Black finish) that is now on the RK site but not here. The staff were great and the guitar sounded and looked great. It looks old, it feels and sounded great. When I got back to the east coast and the seasons changed I got some major buzzing at the 11th fret. I took it in for a setup and realized that some of the frets were moving. Turns out, none of the frets were glued in. Simply hammered in place. A fret job later I am back to having a little campfire bluesy that I love. But buyer beware.

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5.0

Really nice guitar

By Jim beam

from san jose, ca

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

    Really fun guitar. I love the vintage styling.

     
    5.0

    Buy it

    By tn

    from ca

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

      bought my first semi expensive guitar this year (martin drs1) and i can't put the recording king down. if you plays blues or need a couch guitar don't think twice

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again and recommend it.

      By TonyM

      from Hillsboro, MO

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

        I use this guitar to practice and perform.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love

        By LadyHawk

        from USA

        About Me Experienced

        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 Solid Top Single O:

          I picked this up as an open box because it was cheap. I was just looking for a guitar that I wouldn't mind leaving in the living room next to my chair. Basically a beater. Man was I surprised by the sound of this "beater" guitar! I have had her for a few months now and tend to grab it instead of taking one of my pricier guitars out of their cases. Killer deal!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice take-along guitar with bright tone

          By Vintage learner

          from Santa Clarita CA

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Not Consistent

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

          I am now 68 years old and am picking up the guitar again after decades of not playing. I spend a lot of time taking my wife to medical appointments for her various conditions and waiting. I was looking for a guitar small enough to practice with in the car. This guitar is a little longer than I expected at 38-1/2", but still ok. The tone is bright and resonant, surprisingly good for the price, and it is very playable. The setup on mine is near ideal for me, though I plan to lower the action at the nut just a little. The design and look of the guitar is very vintage cool. The more I play it the more fond of it I become.
          The workmanship on mine has a few issues. There is a slight blotch in the finish on the top in the upper bout area. The shaping of the neck is a little uneven at the heel and behind the nut and 1st fret area, but I don't notice when playing. There are a couple of spots on the neck where dust got in the finish and you can feel it. These are easily removed or will just wear off. There was a little glue squeeze-out on the fretboard at the nut, which I was able to scrap off. I guess quality control at the factory in China is not so great. I almost decided to return it, but because I am so satisfied with the sound and playability, all these issues are very minor by comparison, and I don't want to risk getting a worse problem. Also, I got this one at a great low price using the 20% end of the year coupon. I have another guitar and a ukulele, both inexpensive, and made in Indonesia. The workmanship on those is flawless.
          This guitar, as designed, is excellent value. Overall I am pleased. But if I were in charge of overseas manufacturing at Recording King, I would be hammering the factory on quality, and maybe looking for another manufacturer in Indonesia.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Out of box order

          By Butters

          from Lodi, Ca

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

            This is a beautiful guitar. Had great sound and great action. I bought an out of box, half expected it to have Knicks and dings, but was in perfect condition upon arrival. The only real downside was my 3-6 day shipping quickly turned into a 11 day shipping.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice git, but needs a little work out of the box.

            By Fla Cool Breeze

            from Houston

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 30's Styling Looks Great
            • Decent Build Quality
            • Nice Sounding
            • Parlor Guitar Size

            Cons

            • Not Set Up Well
            • Some Minor Build Issues
            • Very Low Profile Frets

            Best Uses

            • Blues
            • Everyday Guitar
            • Light Strumming

            Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

            Overall I'm pleased with this guitar, except there was one noticeable flaw. There is a plastic heel cap where the neck meets the body. That's a nice touch, and it was unexpected at this price point. But the cap appears to have been filed on one side, so it looks uneven.

            No other build issues. In fact, quite nice for an inexpensive guitar.

            Also, mine came with a poor setup from the factory, so it is pretty difficult to play. I will do a setup on it, and I'm sure I can make it a good player. Once setup, it should be one of those guitars that I leave out on the sofa 24X7 so I can play it whenever I want.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            EXCELLENT!

            By D. Black

            from Eau Claire, WI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

              Always wanted a parlor guitar. After doing the research, this one was going to give me the sound I wanted at a great price. First guitar came and played great! Cool sound. Authentic. However, the top cracked after the first week. M.F. replaced in a few days -no questions. Awesome service!

              This is the guitar you want if you want that great 30's, boxy sound at a cheap-o price. A Gibson would be awesome, but keeping everything in perspective, this baby is great and should last long enough for these old bones.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great traveler guitar and price

              By SHagy

              from Tazewell, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

              I don't like to buy w/o actually paying the guitar first. I decided to take a chance and I'm glad I did. I didn't have to adjust anything (except tighten the string to tune). If your looking for a small guitar that packs a punch at a great price, then you can't go wrong with this guitar.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              "Dirty Thirties"? Perfect name for this little gem.

              By Mr.Mark

              from Metropolis

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                Lets start off by saying what this guitar is not. It is not, IMO, a cross-genre all purpose instrument that fits any style of music. It does have a "boxy" tonal quality (especially in the upper mid-range) that will turn some people off. However, its that quality among others that make is shine as a Blues box...especially Delta Blues. This guitar has TONS of sustain and overall balance in lows and highs. Where it really shines is with open tuning with or without a slide. Quality wise, I can't find anything wrong with mine. This is the only new acoustic guitar I've bought that you can literally pick up out of the box, tune it up, and play effortlessly. Value is excellent. If you play the blues and you're looking for something a little bit different in an acoustic, this thing was born to sing the blues. Definitely worth a look.

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