The Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret O Acoustic/Electric Guitar with Cutaway was developed in collaboration with guitarist and historian Eric Schoenberg. This guitar (model RP1-626-C) offers playe... Click To Read More About This Product
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The Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret O Acoustic/Electric Guitar with Cutaway was developed in collaboration with guitarist and historian Eric Schoenberg. This guitar (model RP1-626-C) offers players the even frequency response, clarity and wider neck traditional to a classic parlor style, but the unique addition of a cutaway gives fingerstyle guitarists easier access to the upper frets.
The one-piece mahogany neck with a classic v-profile meets the body at the 12-fret with a hand cut dovetail joint, giving these guitars a true small body sound, warm and rich, but perfectly balanced. The solid AAA Engelmann spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides have been carefully selected and hand-assembled.
With a 1-3/4" nut width, Grover tuners, ebony fretboard and ebony pyramid bridge, the O guitars are as well-appointed and unique as they are beautiful. Each guitar is sprayed with a thin coat of nitrocellulose lacquer and then hand-buffed for a finish that is extremely resonant and historically accurate. The RP1-626-C model has Recording King's lifetime warranty.
The size of guitars in this Studio Series are designated by the number of "O"s in their name. Starting with a single "O" for the smallest size and increasing to "OOO" for the largest.
More about the collaboration:
Eric Schoenberg's influence on guitar marries traditional fingerstyle playing to classic ragtime and walking basslines. His Fingerpicking Beatles book is considered an essential text for modern fingerstyle players (see our sku# 904086). Mr. Schoenberg prefers the 12-fret cutaway because he believes the 12-fret neck joint gives the guitars a gutsier voice, yet the cutaway is not so deep that it takes away from the sound. As Schoenberg describes it, the Recording King O and OO guitars offer the best of both a 12-fret and a 14-fret neck joint, thanks to the cutaway.
Recording King Studio guitars illustrate the relentless pursuit of classic tone. No element has been overlooked in assembling one of the best sounding 12-Fret guitars available.
Each guitar is built with lighter bracing for more resonance, and the ebony pyramid bridge helps enable greater vibration from the hand-selected tops.
The Nitrocellulose lacquer finish is dried for 8 weeks in order to insure that the lacquer is properly bonded to the wood. Both the gloss and matte finishes allow the guitars to sing powerfully and clearly.
Recording King has built the ultimate in small-body guitars for the discerning player who is looking for supreme sound quality and excellence in construction.
Body Shape: O (RP1)
Top Material: Solid AAA Englemann Spruce
Back Material: Solid African Mahogany
Side Material: Solid African Mahogany
Top Bracing Pattern: Fully Scalloped X-Bracing
Top Braces: Scalloped Spruce
Neck Material: 1 Piece Mahogany
Neck Profile: Schoenberg "V"
Neck Joint: Hand-Cut Dovetail
Fretboard Material: Ebony
Scale Length: 25.4"
# Of Frets Clear: 12
# Of Frets Total: 20
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1-3/4"
Headstock Type: Recording King Special Logo
Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
Tuning Machines: Grover Butterbean
Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
Top Purfling: 5-Ply B/W/B/W/B
Fretboard Inlays: Diamond And Square, Pattern 1
Bridge Material: Ebony
Bridge Shape: Pyramid Style
Saddle: Bone Bridge
Pins & Endpin: Black with Abalone Dot
Finish: Hand-Buffed Nitrocellulose
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Comments about Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret O Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway:
This is a very nice sounding guitar - quite a bit more sound, projection and low end than you might expect from an O-series body. While not traditional in an O, the cutaway does give nice access to the upper register and does not appear to affect sound quality at all. I also like the full scale length in this parlor guitar. The nitrocellulose lacquer on the body is very nice. The ebony fret board is a rich solid black. Now for the bad... The neck feels as if it was barely finish sanded from the factory. While I like a satin neck in order to promote fast playing, this neck is flat out rough! It is so rough in fact, that a fleece shirt will catch and grab on the side of the headstock. This is flat out unacceptable on a guitar at this price point. The joint where the neck meets the body is also sub-par and again, it is due in part to the unfinished neck. I can observe small gaps where the neck and body meet as a result of the rough cut heel. In the end, this guitar fell short of my expectations. If the neck was properly finished at the factory, I would really like this guitar for its great tone, but for a thousand bucks? Very disappointing. I must point out that I can only speak for this one example. I did not have the opportunity to observe or play another RP1-626-C.