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Recording King RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele

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Made from an entirely European bell brass body and featuring a 6" hand-spun Continental cone, this Recording King resonator ukulele adds a unique twi...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 09-25-2017

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The resonating tone of traditional Americana, in a 4-string bell brass ukulele.

Made from an entirely European bell brass body and featuring a 6" hand-spun Continental cone, this Recording King resonator ukulele adds a unique twist to the classic Hawaiian instrument. This rare ukulele model features a mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, Champion-style friction tuners, pearloid headstock overlay and a bell brass coverplate.

These excellent features give the traditional instrument fantastic projection and a bark that is uncommon yet very appealing among ukuleles. Includes featherweight case. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Body: Nickel-plated bell brass
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Cone: Hand-spun aluminum
  • Cone: Continental, 6"
  • Coverplate: Roundhole
  • Headstock: Plated Recording King logo
  • Headstock overlay: Pearloid
  • Tailpiece: Bell brass
  • Bridge: Hard maple
  • Position markers: Mother-of-pearl dot
  • Tuners: Champion-style friction
  • Finish options: Nickel-plated bell brass (RU-998)
  • Case sold separately
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Nut width: 1-3/8"
  • Scale length: 15"
  • Depth: 2.5"
  • Upper bout: 5-7/8"
  • Lower bout: 7-5/8"
  • Body length: 10-5/8"
  • Total length: 23"
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Recording KingRU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele
 
3.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beautiful, but fragile

By MrMoonPie

from DC

Comments about Recording King RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele:

I have one of these, and it really gets folks' attention when I pull it out at jams. Amazing, ringing sound, almost banjo-like, and LOUD.Problem is, it's pretty fragile. I dented the cone somehow, even though I'm pretty careful; I was able to fix it, but it's now sounding like it's happened again. The delicate cone seems to just not hold up to hard strumming.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Expensive toy

By Peter Daratsos

from NYC

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Comments about Recording King RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele:

With the upgrades needed the ukulele is an expensive toy
needs better strings and tuners
Neck looks and feels cheap with glue showing and sharp corners on the nut,
Expensive at the new price

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Add some strings to your order

By Alex Ebens

from Wyoming

Comments about Recording King RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele:

Fun to play, unique sound. More dobro than uke. Add some nice strings to your shopping cart. A true pain to restring but well worth it. An expert or pro might want to consider a domestic or custom instrument.
Needs new strings. Yeah, its heavy but, hey its made of brass. Machine tuners might ballance the weight a bit.
Great value for a mass produced instument.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice instrument but...

By Peter Daratsos

from NYC

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Comments about Recording King RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele:

I am not sure I would buy one at full price
. Body finish is good. It is heavy. Neck appears a bit plastic.
I feel it needs Aquila strings and Grover tuning machines
I just bought it. An excellent price and $29 for a two year warranty. There was a sale on which discounted the uke further by 15%.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Players friend

By Isaiah B Brunt

from Australia

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Recording King RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele:

    As a 4th generation Uke player I love this instrument, as I play with a slide it's got the perfect dimmensions for me and the hammer on/off action really makes a huge difference. I use it live and for recording.
    The Recording King is amongst a bunch I have but is overall my favorite.

     
    4.0

    You May Want To Upgrade

    By rockinstephen

    from So. ME/Central FL

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Long Life
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Showing the uke can be a serious instrument.

      Comments about Recording King RU-998 Metal Resonator Ukulele:

      I bought mine several years ago. Since then, there has been a big price increase. Before, it was a good buy, but I'm not so sure now. It is a quality built instrument. The problem was with the friction tuners. The strings just wouldn't stay in tune. I solved that by adding a set of guitar style geared tuners. Big difference! The uke now stays in tune. Recently, I added a pickup to the back of the resonator. I soldered the wires to a jack mounted on the lower bout. I also added 2 strap buttons, a uke strap, and a new set of strings. I feel that I now have a very playable and professional quality instrument. With these upgrades, you can have one too...

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