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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
 
4.1

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Stays in tune (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Good audio (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice take-along guitar with bright tone

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...Read complete review

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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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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(11 of 11 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.!!!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For the price a great lil instrument!

By CHRISTOPHER WATSON

from VA

Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

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!

(7 of 8 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.

(6 of 7 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.

(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.

(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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unexpected quality and playability

By Arthur

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

    I didn't really need yet another guitar but when I saw this on the Memorial Day special, I had to check it out. I have a 00 size guitar from Recording King's sister company, Loar. The quality for this Asian guitar is high so I thought Recording King would be in a similar level. After two weeks of ownership, I find this to be true and somewhat prefer the RPH-05.

    The RPH-05 was on display front and center when I walked into the store. Picking it up, it felt really light which is not a bad thing given many of the overbuilt Asian guitars. I did not see any quality flaws such as these mentioned in other reviews. When I purchased, the sales rep pulled a new one from stock, boxed. After unpacking at home, I found this sample to be equally flawless.

    The first thing that Impressed me was the setup and playability. The action was apparently perfect, almost as if it had been through a Plek machine which, at it this price point, I doubt. Sound is outstanding, rivaling some of my higher end instruments. After initial tuning (the guitar comes with tension entirely off the neck) it has been staying in tune. It is simply a lot of fun to play and hard to put down. The single 0 size is great for evening couch practice and I suspect this guitar will record well.

    Finding a solid spruce top guitar at this price calls I to question the value of some other competitors. Unlike on some higher end guitars, the top feels a bit thick but I still expect it will improve over time. I don't expect complete sophistication at this price. Similarly, the white wood sides are a reasonable compromise and actually contribute to the vintage vibe.

    If there any drawback it would be with the stock strings. Nothing in the box says what they are but they feel a bit too light for my taste. I'm guessing their D'addarios but I'll know once I replace the strings, as D'addarios have color coded ball ends. The stick strings are by no means terrible but I will probably restring with a slightly higher gauge.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I paid under $100 for this nifty little guitar.

    By Jim

    from Portland, Oregon

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • 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:

      Under one hundred dollars on sale at GC and available in the store to check out. Very nice little guitar for a few bucks.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect for my "Old Time" music-for style and sound

      By Randy

      from Pittsburgh, Pa.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Comfortable and not obtrusive
      • Very well built

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cuts well around the firepit
        • Great for the couch
        • Not too loud and overbearing
        • Recording

        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

        Can't say one negative thing about this Dirty 30's 0 model. I own and operate a small stringed instrument repair shop and I have been a repair and set-up guy for most of my life (64 years old). When I saw this guitar on sale I jumped on it. In the store it played well and the set-up was spot on. A quick look showed no flaws what so ever. On my work bench I inspected the interior and was very impressed at the X bracings also, the larger braces are scalloped. The bridge plate is solid maple and not too large. The neck block is solid mahogany and not plywood like on many Martins. With my interior lighted mirror i can see a nice straight grained solid spruce top and absolutely no glue drips anywhere! This guitar is not an expensive big solid dreadnaught so the sound will not please everybody but it sounds perfect for my style of music. Thank Recording King for getting it right.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again and recommend it.

          By TonyM

          from Hillsboro, MO

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          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)

             
            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.

              (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.

               
              2.0

              I would NOT recommend this one.

              By john

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

              I was looking for an inexpensive guitar. The reviews on YouTube looked good. The guitar sounded very tinny and cheap. I thought about putting a piezo in it but then decided it would probably never be satisfactory. I gave up on it and returned it. I have two other Recording Kings that I like very much. Just not this one.

               
              4.0

              Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O

              By James

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

              Great guitar for the price,

               
              4.0

              Great beater

              By Steve

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

              This is a great beater guitar, great to bring outside great to sit on the couch just good for not worrying and playing. when I got the guitar the body was super clean nothing was wrong with it it just needed a good cleaning and the strings needed to be replaced par for the course for the price you can't go wrong The guitar has a great look and mine was super clean I totally recommend this guitar if you're just looking for a cheap guitar to not worry about.

               
              4.0

              Nice little Dirty 30's.

              By Blues Player

              from Mississippi

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Cheap looking finish especially around edges.
              • Does not come with a case, or a gig bag.
              • Shows finger prints very easily.

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

              Overall this is a good buy and was better than I expected. The finish isn't glossy and it doesn't have that pricey guitar look. It sounds good and is very light weight. Finger prints will show up easily and there is no pick guard. The guitar sounds good for its size and has that "older guitar" look. If you are looking for a bluesy sound at an affordable price and a guitar you can easily carry around, then look no further.

               
              4.0

              Fun little parlor guitar

              By Rob

              from Alamogordo, NM

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              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:

                Purchased this a few weeks ago. It is a great little guitar, and is very comfortable to play. I also have the Gretsch Jim Dandy model, and would recommend that one as well. I tested 3 of these out at the store, and each was set up differently. As expected, I had to adjust the truss rod, but it plays perfectly now. The frets are great, and no sharp edges. The finish is surprisingly nice, but did see a few areas where they over sprayed. The tuners actually stay in tune. I recommend using alternate tuning (drop D, Standard C, Open G) for these smaller parlor guitars. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.

                 
                1.0

                terrible nut

                By todd

                from undisclosed

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                The nut is set way to low ..cant even play on the high e string

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