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Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar Natural 

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From the same series and built with the same appointments as the best-selling RD-06, the Recording King RP-06 benefits from the combination of a soli...Read More

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A vintage O-style body that's great for travel, stage or couch, yet has the volume and projection of a full-size instrument.

From the same series and built with the same appointments as the best-selling RD-06, the Recording King RP-06 benefits from the combination of a solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany back and sides. The 12-fret neck joint and corresponding bridge positioning give the RP-06 the warm, mellow, full-bodied tone guitarists look for in a classic 12-fret guitar. With a 1-3/4" nut, the RP-06 is comfortable for either fingerpicking or strumming.

The vintage O-style body is great for travel, stage or couch, and thanks to the 25.4" scale, still has the volume and projection of a full size instrument. The simple, unadorned headstock and the tortoise body binding are integral characteristics of Recording King Classic Series guitars and built by the same experienced artisans who craft their more expensive models.

No matter what your playing style, this RP-06 has features to impress both advanced and recreational players and can even fit in an airline compartment. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • 12-Fret O design
  • Mahogany body wood
  • Solid spruce top
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Mahogany neck wood
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • C neck shape
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Open geared butterbean tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Poly finish
  • Case sold separately

Enjoy vintage style that won't cramp your style or wallet. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar

  • 25.4" scale length
  • 20 frets
  • 1-3/4" nut width
  • 16" fretboard radius
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Recording KingClassic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Consistent (9)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Stays in tune (7)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just the ticket...

I just can't put this little darling down! I have other guitars that cost much more, and sound better. I like super jumbos and dreadnaughts, but I wanted a travel guitar. There's...Read complete review

I just can't put this little darling down! I have other guitars that cost much more, and sound better. I like super jumbos and dreadnaughts, but I wanted a travel guitar. There's something about these slot head parlor guitars that has always intrigued me. The neck is very comfortable, although I would prefer more of a radius on the fingerboard. The sound is better than it should be for a small, cheap guitar from China. I believe the long scale length helps in this case. The bass is on the weak side, but then again, its not an SJ-200 Gibson or a D-35 Martin. The guitar fits in a 3/4 size gig bag, and makes it easy to take anywhere. I looked into the various "baby guitars" and the Martin backpacker, but this one sounds more like a big guitar. I don't plan to trade it off anytime in the near future...
I can't rate it too high in this department, because it is a no-frills parlor guitar. It boasts a bone saddle and nut which is always desirable, but there are many different levels of quality with bone. Fretboard position markers would have been nice. But the slotted headstock, wide nut, chunky neck, long scale lenth, 12 frets, and body binding close the deal for me.
This one is a mixed bag. The intonation on mine is scary good! Better than on my custom shop Gibson. But the truss rod access hole looks pretty rough, and there is staining on the edge of the soundboard from the body binding installation. At first I thought it was chipped spruce. The tuners are sloppy, but they work and stay in tune. The fretwork is not bad. All in all, what I would expect from a guitar in this price range. I have had Epiphones look both better and worse.
This little O-style guitar is unchallenged in it's own category for value. But you can get cheaper imported acoustics if you just want something to play.

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Nothing Special

I've tried numerous 0 size and parlor guitars in this price range. None of them are great. With that caveat, this one is among the better of the lot. It's still boxy and...Read complete review

I've tried numerous 0 size and parlor guitars in this price range. None of them are great. With that caveat, this one is among the better of the lot. It's still boxy and dull. The tuners are close to worthless. Plan on doing lots of retuning or dropping half a rock on new tuners. The intonation is pretty good. The pyramid bridge is not well defined. It's as close to a mound as it is to a pyramid.

This guitar probably works best for blues with its tradition of inexpensive guitars. If you're new to guitars you'll probably be OK with the RP-06. If you've been playing a while and have a few nice ones, you probably already know what you're getting here.

I own this guitar. My other guitars include Martin 00-15, 00-18v, OM-28v, D-18vs, Taylor GC7 and some others. Let no one persuade you that it sounds as good as a Martin. It doesn't. But it is about as good a parlor as you can get in this price range. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a small, comfortable beater as a camping blues box.

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5.0

Great little guitar

By Tux

from Baltimore

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

    I had bought one of these about couple of yeara ago. ste this ould Gave it to my son. I was looking for a road guitar for camping and just a fooling around insterment. Walked into a shop and there it was. And at a price I could not resist. I think it was a factory second but I could find no flaw. Got it home and found a few differences from the one from before. Wider neck. Better sound. I could set this up for performing with alittle work. I really like this little guitar. Had a parlor from a top brand and at about 7 times the price. This one works better

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    5.0

    Recording King RP-06

    By oldman54

    from Oxford, Alabama

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    Pros

    • Beautiful Tuners
    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good String Spacing
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Needs A Hardshell Case

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

    Of my three small body acoustic guitars, this is by far the nicest. I have been studying fingerpicking and the string spacing is more than wide enough to accomodate my fingers. The finish is very nice on my guitar although there were 2 splashes that have rubbed off, one on the neck and one on the upper bout above the fretboard. I see folks complaining about the tuners, but of all my acoustics, this has the best gears and the buttons are substantial. I have no issues keeping this guitar tuned, especially considering I'm pulling the strings out of tune with my fingertips. The tone is surprisingly bright and easily keeps up with much larger acoustics. The one thing it needs is a hardshell case. I would love to buy a high priced parlor but I can't justify it, so, this instrument is the one I use the most.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Unplayable

    By Finger picker

    from Virginia

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    Pros

    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • High Action Fret Buzz
    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

    Instrument arrived with severe fret buzz and high action along the length of the neck.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    RP-06 Great Deal

    By SteveM

    from Vermont

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

        This guitar is a steal for the money. At this price it raises a question: is the Martin single O really worth 11 times the money and sound 11 times better than the RP-06? The answer is NO. Many guitar players are brand obsessed and try to justify the price of high end guitars.

        If you can get this guitar without blems it is worth its weight in gold.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Updated review

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

          After owning this for just over a year, I can say that it is the best small bodied guitar for the money. Period.
          Right out of the box it came set up with nice action. The finish is beautiful.
          Keep in mind that it is a '0' size guitar, and has that delta bluesy sound that I love.
          Easy to play on the couch, or anywhere you want to take it.
          If this is your price point, get it! You will NOT be disappointed.
          I'm not sure why other reviews whine about the tuners... they are fine open-geared tuners... never had a problem.
          I personally LOVE the slotted headstock, and just a simple youtube search reveals many how-to's on how to properly string a slotted head guitar. It isn't hard... my 12 year old changes his own strings on it.

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          4.0

          Nice instrument for the money.

          By OldOldBeginner

          from western Pennsylvania

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

              I own a solid-top, laminate back and sides Martin DM dreadnought and an all-laminate Talisman acoustic-electric. The Recording King sounds WAY better than the Talisman, but not quite as rich as the Martin, especially in the low end.
              I like the smaller sized body of the O-style, as I have a shoulder issue that makes the dreadnought uncomfortable. The neck - a modified "C" shape - is markedly thicker than the low-oval profile of the Martin.
              I play fingerstyle and like the neck width. Not too wide, not cramped. However, the action seems a bit low - compared to the Martin at least. The Talisman is definitely higher than either. I also noted that the G string ALWAYS slips a bit when tuning.
              I've only had it for about a week, but really enjoy playing. It's not so loud as the Martin, but I've been picking it up several times a day - because it's small and easy to handle.
              It's a solid-top guitar at a great price. It sounds good, handles well, and - if you like simple - looks nice. I'm extremely happy.
              One note - the thick neck makes the choice of case important. I bought the Silver Creek Classical hard case and it's a close fit.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Nothing Special

              By Johnson Fan

              from New York

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Flat Sound
                • Requires Constant Tuning

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

                  I've tried numerous 0 size and parlor guitars in this price range. None of them are great. With that caveat, this one is among the better of the lot. It's still boxy and dull. The tuners are close to worthless. Plan on doing lots of retuning or dropping half a rock on new tuners. The intonation is pretty good. The pyramid bridge is not well defined. It's as close to a mound as it is to a pyramid.

                  This guitar probably works best for blues with its tradition of inexpensive guitars. If you're new to guitars you'll probably be OK with the RP-06. If you've been playing a while and have a few nice ones, you probably already know what you're getting here.

                  I own this guitar. My other guitars include Martin 00-15, 00-18v, OM-28v, D-18vs, Taylor GC7 and some others. Let no one persuade you that it sounds as good as a Martin. It doesn't. But it is about as good a parlor as you can get in this price range. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a small, comfortable beater as a camping blues box.

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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Phenomenal Small-Body Guitar

                  By Mark

                  from Florida

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

                    This is an excellent small-body guitar. It is hard to describe just how much fun this single 0 is to play. No problems with the finish, setup, or tuners. The neck is a little thick, but I got used to that pretty quickly. Now I love the chunkier feel. It is perfect for laid back playing on the couch or in the bedroom. You will not regret picking one up.

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                    5.0

                    Nice 20's to 30's style instrument

                    By JD COOKS

                    from Blueridge Mountains VA

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

                    Very well crafted and finished. Not in final set-up, but I prefer to do my own as should any experienced guitarist. This parlor guitar is so close to the Depression era guitars played by the old blues-men of the day in sound, feel and simplicity. In this venue, simple is best. Plays great for finger style as well as melodic bottle neck slide fretting.
                    Love it!!!

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Great looks not so great sound

                    By Tux

                    from Baltimore

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Requires Constant Tuning

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Recording King Classic Series 12 Fret O-Style Acoustic Guitar:

                      I had to travel and had nothing to fit the travel criteria. I had owned a RK before and liked it. So concidering the price and the reviews we the hook. I had the guitar sent to my friends house so it would be there when I got there.
                      Its a great looking guitar and it played well. The sound was marginal at best. I understand the size issue but it did not feel as good as I expected but not bad. I am a big fan of the slot head so that was not an issue. Great looks. great construction but not a great sound. So ended up giving it away to my son who wants to start playing. Sorry RK but this did not turn me on as I expected.

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