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Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O Parlor Acoustic Guitar Black

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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 solid black finish, it sits at the perfect crossroads of classic sound, vintage... Click To Read More About This Product


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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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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 solid black 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, 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.


  • 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 in.
  • # Of Frets Clear: 12
  • # Of Frets Total: 20
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16 in.
  • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: Historic Recording King Decal
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style, Plastic Button
  • Body Binding: Ivory
  • Rosette: Classic Style
  • Top Purfling: None
  • Fretboard Inlays: Classic Extra-Large Dots
  • Fretboard Binding: None
  • Bridge Material: Rosewood
  • Bridge Shape: Straight
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Bridge Pins & Endpin: Ivory Plastic
  • Pickguard: None
  • Finish: Black
  • Electronics: None
  • Case: Sold separately
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Recording KingDirty Thirties Solid Top Single O Parlor Acoustic Guitar

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Wowed by this little parlor sized guitar. The sound is great

By Machete

from Cincinnati Ohio


  • light weight, travel sized, stays in tune


  • no real cons!

Best Uses

  • back packing, travel, studio, live performances

Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

I have found this gem excellent in value!
I tested this against a Martin and a Taylor smaller in size like this one is.

And this one wins in sound quality per dollar easily.

The sound is big and full, where as the Martin and Taylors in 350 to 450 in price range were great quality also, but tiny in sound. This one easily sounded better to me. Its close to a full size solid top acoustic in sound quality.

This stays in tune excellent.
I have left this guitar in my trunk for days in a hot car, cold at nights.( I know that's bad), and its in tune when checked with my digital tuner.
I bought this so I can back pack around the city and play when I'm on the riverfront.
Its a bright full sounding guitar.
louder than my full sized dreadnought.
I was looking for a back pack guitar but didn't want to sacrifice playability and sound unless I had too. the playability is a great as any high quality guitar ever made.
And the sound is shockingly excellent and pleasing....! even the sound snobs I hang around are impressed by its unique size and sound quality.

This guitar will probably rise in cost as the total quality is certainly worth more than paid.

This is my favorite instrument, I can see myself using this more than anything I've ever owned. I own and play a lot of instruments.

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Nice Little Guitar

By John

from Benton, IL

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O Parlor Acoustic Guitar:

    I have owned this guitar for about a year. When it arrived, I was pleased with the build quality, setup, and sound. The guitar is extremely light weight, but appears to be well put together. To my ear, this guitar sounds better than some of its competitors like the Gretsch Jim Dandy. It has the classic parlor guitar sound that is a cool departure from my dreadnoughts. Its fun to play, and has a nice neck carve. The tuners leave a bit to be desired, as they are not consistent in feel, however they do hold tuning well enough. Also, the addition of silk and steel strings worked out great for me. I would definitely recommend this guitar as a worthwhile and inexpensive addition to your collection that will give you a great new sound to play around with.

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