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Recording King Century Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar  Natural 

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The ROS-626 12th Fret 000 is a perfect example of the careful craftsmanship that goes into Recording King Century Studio Series guitars. With all-sol...Read More

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A hallmark of American design is at your fingertips.

The ROS-626 12th Fret 000 is a perfect example of the careful craftsmanship that goes into Recording King Century Studio Series guitars. With all-solid African mahogany back and sides, the guitar's tone is warm and even. A hand-rubbed nitrocellulose lacquer finish ensures tthat the sound of the wood to resonate clearly and powerfully.

The classic 1920's design of the 12th Fret 000 is the link between classical guitars and the modern steel string acoustic. Very lightweight, but carefully braced for tonal warmth, the 12th fret 000 has earned a well-deserved spot in the pantheon of great-sounding guitar shapes.

The combination of the 12th fret neck joint and the resulting altered bridge location, creates a richer, mellower sound than many of today's brighter-sounding guitar body shapes.

Matching the rich tone and clear string separation typical of a classical guitar, with the projection of a traditional steel string, the Recording King Century Series ROS-626 guitar's OOO12th fret shape gives guitarists the best of both worlds.

FEATURES
  • Body shape: 12th Fret OOO
  • Top material: Solid AA Grade Sitka 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: Vintage "V"
  • Neck joint: Hand-Cut Dovetail
  • Fretboard material: Ebony
  • Scale length: 25-3/8"
  • Number of frets: 20 (12 open)
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Nut width: 1-13/16"
  • Headstock type: Slotted
  • Headstock overlay: Rosewood
  • Headstock inlay: None
  • Tuning machines: Grover Butterbean
  • Body binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Rosette: 3-Ring
  • Top purfling: Herringbone
  • Fretboard inlays: Diamond and Square, Pattern 1
  • Fretboard binding: None
  • Bridge material: Ebony
  • Bridge shape: Pyramid Style
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Bridge pins and endpin: Ivory with Black Dot
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Recording KingCentury Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

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80%

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Pros

  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Jamming (3)
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4.0

A very sweet instrument, but...

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from Venice, FL

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Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Recording King Century Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar:

    This is a beautiful little guitar. The workmanship is excellent throughout. It is a great size to hold and play, and the 12-fret design with a vintage slotted headstock is a great novelty that most guitarists will love.

    I had only two reservations about this guitar which I suspect might not be as much concern to other players:
    1. the neck felt very large (front to back thickness) compared with other guitars and thus made it slightly awkward to play. Some guitarists will prefer this dimension.

    2. the intonation was off a little. If you tune the guitar with open strings then fret at the 12th fret, the octave is slightly off. Other players may not hear it, particularly if they play mostly below the 7th fret.

    Other than these two things, I really liked this instrument, but they bothered me enough, so that ended up exchanging the instrument. Of course, Musician's Friend was outstanding about handling the exchange and I am very happy with the replacement (see my review elsewhere)

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    3.0

    Close but no Cigar

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    from OMAHA, NE

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    Pros

    • Nice Tone

    Cons

    • Build Material Quality
    • Not Consistent
    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Recording King Century Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar:

    Opened the box at first sight thought Yes! Then as I started scanning over the guitar things caught my eyes. Back panels not a book match but still look pretty good. The top pieces look pretty good ,not as straight grain as I Like to see and a few wrinkles and discoloring in grain but not too bad. Treble side panel looks good but the base side panel has a 4" defect that looks like a crack or a blemish in the wood that wouldn't take stain. Then I play it ...Tone is very pleasing and action level but the neck is very slow to my taste. The profile is deep and while triangular still very round. I like the wide width but too much bulk. Also the heel carving is very un-elegant and in my opinion way too huge. I have good size hands but this is not a good replica of vintage Martin neck in my opinion .This guitar is asymmetrical, I could see it with my eyes then I took measurements and it varies as much as 1/4" from one side to the other. The sound hole rounded edge is very inconsistent. The Grover Tuners feel good and smooth.
    Finally intonation is off about ten cents sharp from open to 12th fret on every string .Chinese labor may be inexpensive and there is definitely a reason why. Guitars I have owned are Guild ,Larrivee, Yamaha, Alvarez Yari, Martin, Santa Cruz so my expectations are pretty high, I tried this guitar because of the rave reviews and was disappointed. Maybe my perspective is off because I haven't played many guitars at this price level for a while but I'm thinking if they put more Quality in the materials and build and have to charge more.. People will pay for quality. Sadly it's a return for me.

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    5.0

    Still Going Strong

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    from San Francisco, CA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Recording King Century Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar:

      I've had my ROS-626 for over 6 years now, and I am happy to say that the sound of this guitar continues to get better. Mine has developed its own distinct character, and is extremely sensitive to how you touch / pluck / strum / scrape, etc... This guitar really is a fingerpicker's dream.

      One thing to note - at this point, I fingerpick almost everything. If I have to use a pick for some reason, I use very light picks - Dunlop .50 or .60. YMMV, but on mine, heavy strumming is not recommended.

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      5.0

      ROS 626 An amazing guitar

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      from Baltimore

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Recording King Century Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar:

        I have had two Recording king ROS 16s. Liked them both but they were hard to play with the wide neck. Found this one easier to play for some reason. The neck does not seem so thick. I owed a 00028SV. Can not tell the difference. Better palyability and just as good looking. I took this to a Roots fesatal in Virginia where the humidity was like a 100%. Came through fine. Does need to be tuned more often than I like. Great guitar for those finger pickers who want an authentic guitar without paying 5X as much.

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        5.0

        A beaitiful guitar!

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        Pros

        • Can Also Deliver Volume
        • Great For Fingerstyle
        • Mellow Resonant Tone
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Playing For Pleasure
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Recording King Century Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar:

          A lovely guitar! I think that current models have a toned amber top, like the one I got, as oposed to the light natural color in the photo here. I like the toned look much better. The guitar has a thin nitro finish which seems to develop cracks fairly easily, but it only shows in certain lights. However, comparing it to my other guitars with poly finishes, this comparativley delicate finish probably plays a part in the rich harmonics of the tone. Be aware that the wide-ish neck (which makes it great for fingerstylye)also has a pronounced 'v' shape with a ridge down the middle - feels different but I haven't found that it bothers me or affects my playing noticeably.Stays in tune with solid Grover tuners.

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          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar for the money !!

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          from Virginia

          Comments about Recording King Century Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar:

          The Recording King ROS-626 in my opinion is one of the best 12 fret guitars you can buy for the money. I have played and own some expensive handmade guitars. I love those guitars but I purchased the Recording King because I wanted an inexpensive couch guitar that was light and easy to play. I wasn't expecting the build quality or the sound to be very good. For that reason I bought the guitar from Musician's Friend because they offered a money back guarantee. The guitar exceeded my expectations however and I will definently be keeping it. The low action and wider neck is great for my fingerstyle playing. The finish is flawless on my particular guitar and the sound rivals guitars three times the price. My only complaint is that I wish it had been shipped in a case. I will have to buy that seperately. But a solid wood guitar of this overall quality that costs less than a thousand dollars is a great buy. I have a smile on my face everytime I play it!

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          (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice 000 WIth a Warm,Traditional Tone

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          from Los Angeles, CA

          Comments about Recording King Century Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar:

          My husband and I have played a number of Recording Kings, but this one is my husband's favorite, and I like it, too. We're both huge fans of 12 fret guitars - they have a warmer tone. The guitar is a good value, great feel, and was a joy to play.
          Lots of the features found in vintage guitars - slotted headstock, wide V neck, vintage toner, bone nut and saddle, pyramid bridge and nitro finish.
          The two I played were nicely made, although not perfectly finished, but you had to look to find the imperfections.
          I think this guitar is a very good value - perhaps not as cheap as some, but better made and a good price. I consider Blueridge and Recording King to offer good bang for the buck for guitars with nice tone.

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          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome blues box!

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          from Virginia

          Comments about Recording King Century Series ROS-626 12th Fret OOO Acoustic Guitar:

          The MF description says this guitar is modeled after guitars from the 20's, which isn't exactly true...actually, it is an exact copy of a 1902 Martin. I've had mine for about two years and still love it, which is saying a lot because I'm notorious for liking guitars and then turning around and selling them a year or two later. This guitar sounds totally authentic for country blues. It has that punchy, compressed sound just like the old recordings. (Don't get the rosewood model if that's what you're going for...mahogany is much better for traditional blues) Quite loud for such a small body. I jam with a buddy who plays a D-28 and can hear my guitar just fine. I installed an active pickup and the amplified tone is just fantastic due to the compressed tone...would be great for recording. Just be aware that this guitar has a very fat, wide neck similar to a classical, and also that the string spacing at the saddle is approx 2 1/4". The string spacing makes it very forgiving if you're drunk or don't have much accuracy with a guitar pick, and it's an ideal guitar for fingerpicking. Some people don't like the fat, wide neck, but I have circus-freak hands and kind of prefer it. I've heard that a lot of RK's have finish problems...mine has some cracks but was that way when I bought it (used). Frankly, I prefer an inexpensive, scuffed up instrument that I don't have to worry about getting scratched up provided that the guitar's build-quality, tone and playability meet my expectations, which this certainly does.

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