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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... Read More

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Overview

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
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

For the price a great lil instrument!

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...Read complete review

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!

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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

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

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    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.

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      (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.

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      (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.

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        (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.

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        (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.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great little guitar but frets aren't glued in.

        By Gary

        from St. John's, NL

        Site Member

        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

        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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Cheap Guitar I Ever Owned

        By Atom

        from Manila, Philippines

        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

        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.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice parlor guitar that won't break the bank

        By Scott

        from Cleveland, OH

        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

        Everyone seems to be getting on the parlor guitar bandwagon these days. And some of the prices for them are through the roof. But this Recording King has some nice features (solid spruce top, decent tuning keys, bone nut and saddle) for an incredible price. The body is smaller than a vintage Gibson single 0 which gives this guitar a slightly thinner sound. And hey, you're not getting 70 or 80 year old wood with a new guitar. But I find the sound balanced and the neck nicely shaped and sized. I've played several of these in stores and was not keen on ordering online since I like to play guitars before I buy them. But I was happy when I tuned it up that intonation was fine and the guitar had a good ring to it. The action, though, was set up too high for my taste, so I am currently having a pro setup done on it. The finish was quite good and the workmanship seems to be excellent. It reminds me of what the early student guitars (that are not collector's items) must have been like in the "dirty thirties." It's nice to be able to buy a new one for student guitar prices. I also bought the case that is made for this guitar. It fits nicely and I like the protection of a hard case. Looking forward to using this guitar for many years to come.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        NICE PARLOR GUITAR for the money .....

        By Shanti Goble

        from Lowman Idaho

        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

        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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