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Recording King RD-316 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

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The RD-316's top is made from solid AAA Adirondack Spruce. The back and sides are made from solid African Mahogany. The 316 has a nut width of 1-11/16" and the one-piece neck is fitted to the body wit... Click To Read More About This Product

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The RD-316's top is made from solid AAA Adirondack Spruce. The back and sides are made from solid African Mahogany. The 316 has a nut width of 1-11/16" and the one-piece neck is fitted to the body with a hand-cut dovetail joint. The fretboard and bridge are ebony. It's finished in a thin coat of nitrocellulose lacquer for resonance and historical accuracy.

The RD-316's aesthetics have been heavily influenced by the standard workhorse dreadnought guitarists have relied on for the past 80 years. The tasteful appointments include descending sized dots on the fretboard, solid black bridge pins and endpin, subdued tortoise body binding and a traditional, understated rosette. The hardware is nickel plated, down to the Grover butterbean tuners. Case sold separately.


Traditional dreadnought shape
Solid AAA Grade Adirondack spruce top
Solid African mahogany back & sides
1-piece mahogany neck with C profile
Ebony fingerboard and bridge
Nickel-plated Grover tuning machines
Case sold separately
Body Shape: Dreadnought
Top Material: Solid AAA Grade Adirondack Spruce
Back Material: Solid African Mahogany
Side Material: Solid African Mahogany
Top Bracing Pattern: Forward X-Bracing
Top Braces: Spruce
Neck Material: 1-Piece Mahogany
Neck Profile: C Profile
Neck Joint: Dovetail
Fretboard Material: Ebony
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 Logo
Tuning Machines: Grover Open Geared Butterbean
Body Binding: Tortoise Shell
Rosette: Classic Style
Top Purfling: Black & White
Fretboard Inlays: M.O.P. Descending Size Dot
Fretboard Binding: Tortoise Shell
Bridge Material: Ebony
Bridge Shape: Standard
Saddle: Bone
Bridge Pins & Endpin: Black with White Dot
Pickguard: Black
Finish: Nitrocellulose
Electronics: None
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Recording KingRD-316 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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Manufacturer's defect and extended warranty didn't fix it


from Somerville, MA

About Me Professional Musician


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


  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Recording King RD-316 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

I bought the acoustic/electric version. This guitar has a great sound and a great feel. The intonation is off, however; I thought that a set-up would address that, but it didn't. I brought mine to my luthier for a set-up and he said he could not set it up because of a manufacturing defect - the placement of the bridge/saddle is 1/8 inch off. Aside from this major problem, I really like this guitar and would cautiously recommend it -- but bring it to a luthier immediately to have him/her check it out within the return period. Probably should do that with any guitar purchase. I learned my lesson on that one.

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