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Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar

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Recording King's Dirty 30's Dust Bowl-inspired OOO is meant to sound great wherever the road takes you. With a solid top and old-style matte sunburst...Click To Read More About This Product

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Throwback style and tone at an old school price.

Recording King's Dirty 30's Dust Bowl-inspired OOO is meant to sound great wherever the road takes you. With a solid top and old-style matte sunburst finish, it sits at the perfect crossroads of classic sound and vintage design. Like the original Montgomery Ward mail order guitars in the first half of the century, the Dirty 30's OOO is the perfect companion for singer-songwriters, folk stylists or traveling troubadours.

All of Recording King's Dirty 30's guitars start with a solid spruce top and rosewood fretboard, with bone nut and saddle. They finish each guitar with classic, extra-large fretboard dots, aged ivoroid body binding, satin sunburst finish, vintage-style tuning keys and historic Recording King headstock.

The Dirty 30's Series packs excellent playability and historic vibe into a retro-inspired package that makes vintage style accessible to every player.

FEATURES
Body 
Body type: OOO
Cutaway: Non-cutaway
Top wood: Solid Spruce
Back & sides: White Wood
Bracing pattern: X
Body finish: Matte
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: Contemporary C
Nut width: 1.725" (43.8mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Nato
Scale length: 25.4"
Number of frets: 20
Neck finish: Matte
Electronics
Pickup/preamp: No
Brand: Not applicable
Configuration: Not applicable
Preamp EQ: Not applicable
Feedback filter: Not applicable
Tuner: Not applicable
Other
Headstock overlay: Rosewood
Tuning machines: Vintage-Style, plastic button
Bridge: Rosewood
Saddle & nut: Bone
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: None
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: Info not available
Country of origin: China

Order this simple yet fun acoustic today!

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Recording KingDirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

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(23 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

She's a fussy setup so you better be patient, and know what

By GaleForce

from Buffalo NY

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Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar:

      My 3rd RK, and other 2 just great. Dirt 30's Dreadnaught is unbelievable for price for volume,bass, sustain. Also have 0-body resonator. Worth twice the price. That's why I decided to try 000 Harmonella with floating bridge and metal tailpiece.Hoped for more treble and retro-ring like my old Harmony, and pretty much have it except I have done so much truss rod adjustment to get playabel action from 6th to 10th fret, but RK set the neck height above the body too low, even though it matches the low height of the wooden floating bridge, but the neck angle SHOULD be higher so the floating bridge can be higher because it's only slightly above the height the strings enter the tailpiece, so barely enough load/tension on the bridge by the strings. Does not transmit quite enough vibration back to the body.. Strum or pick hard, and the top strings will come out of their grooves, even if you cut them deeper, and there isn't enough heighjt difference to even allow for much of this. Way too hard to explain all I did to correct a bit (only so much you can do) and get it playable. I do guitar repair and setup. I have nearly 30 guitars, many real retro tailpiece Kays, Rex, and Silvertone acoustics. I am glad I have this Harmonella despite ALL the headaches BUT it is not for 1st timers or players without access to lots of setup experience. I LOVE RK guitars, and hope they will increase the neck angle and the bridge height difference to the tailpiece for more string load. It would make this tasty good guitar setup, play, and sound better.

      (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Waste of time and money!

      By Blackie

      from Chicago

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Consistent
        • Poor Construction
        • sounds like it's made of plywood!

        Best Uses

        • fire wood!

        Comments about Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar:

        One of the worst sounding guitars, I've ever heard! Don't waste your time or money!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A good quality floating bridge instrument

        By Ben

        from Denver, CO

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        Comments about Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar:

        I purchased one of these on sale. It's a good guitar, well made, impressive fit in finish for this price point -
        a great value, and a fantastic value on sale. But I didn't need another guitar. I bought this Harmonella model as a canvas for lutherie experimentation, since it has a tailpiece and floating bridge. I removed the tuners, filled in the holes, thinned the headstock and installed mandolin tuners; replaced the 6-string tailpiece with a mandolin tailpiece, and made a new bridge. I strung it up first as an octave mandolin, which worked well; but it's got enough solid low end that I plan to make a new bridge and restring it as a mandocello. I'm very pleased, and would have been pleased had I bought it to use as a guitar.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Don't Expect Much - You Get What You Pay For Here

        By Mungo

        from Various, USA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Cheap construction

        Best Uses

        • Extra guitar for vacation home

        Comments about Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar:

        Start by changing the strings before you turn your fingers black. For the price, this is exactly what you're buying so there was no surprise. Very cheap materials - although I'm not really sure what it's made of...some wood involved, but the body is probably painted masonite. The action on the guitar was very low, almost too low. The sound is somewhat metallic, although the change of strings helped a little bit. All of this being said, if you just want an extra guitar to have somewhere -- in my case at a vacation home just to have something there to play -- it works. I could see this as something you throw into a car for the beach, or to play while waiting for someone at an airport (I did that too). I doubt the guitar will hold up to humidity or time. The rating I gave it was based on comparison to a 'real" guitar, and it will never be confused for a Martin or a Gibson. However in the realm of cheap guitars, it's almost a Johnson or low end Washburn. So if wherever you are you can't get through the day without picking or strumming, this will do nicely. It is exactly what you're paying for...no more or less.

         
        4.0

        Good value, good price, good service.

        By K.C.

        from Portland, Oregon

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Has that vintage thirties old timey sound.
          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar:

          My sons are professional musicians, and we regularly have dinner and inevitably have some playing time in my living room. I keep this guitar handy for those times. It is also just fun to have the guitar there to pull off the wall and play and sing; a very decent guitar for the price, and quite usable.

           
          5.0

          My new Favorite guitar

          By Tinytim

          from Oklahoma

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Metal tailpiece adds great blues sound
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Blues Players Deluxe
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar:

            Ok I am going to brag on this fairly new company... Recording King has hit a home run... This guitar has the best tuners I have ever seen on a cheap guitar... They are identical to the Vintage Klusons on my 1957 Gibson Es guitar... The blues sound is pure vintage... The saddle is movable so intonation is easy to adjust... I did have to move mine just slightly to get a pure intonation... Other than that the set up was great... If you have a chance then grab this guitar before prices go up... I added a fishman to mine and made it an acoustic electric...

             
            5.0

            If your expectations are realistic, it's a winner

            By jbrianb

            from West TN

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar:

              I got this as depth to a small number of acoustics I enjoy playing. To be honest, I started off wanting a parlor guitar and ended up being so blown away with the RK Dirty 30s Dreadnaught, I snagged it. LOVED it. Ended up getting the Single O, too. Then I wanted another... really love this line, so I grabbed this guy. Not disappointed, but there are some things worth noting...

              Thoughts in no particular order
              • This would not be my sole acoustic. It's got a raspy sound, probably better suited for bluesier tunes.
              • Adds good depth to your stable. It does tap into a cool sound and the vibe/aesthetic works with that vibe.
              • Nice guitar with a solid top, bone nut wooden saddle, decent tuners, stamped metal tailpiece with some decoration.
              • There were some QC issues on mine. I can clearly see glue inside the body where the bracing supports the top and sides. There are some smudged fret markers and there's a varnish run on the neck where it enters the soundhole. NONE of this has anything to do with the sound, but if you're looking for perfect finishing, shop the next level or two up in price.
              • Neck is nice. Solid feel, good shape, no fret sprout. I do find some of the middle frets are a little finicky, so I plan to tinker with setup a little.
              • Expect to have to do a setup on this thing. Mine was pretty decent out of the box, though not perfect. Truss rod needed a quarter turn, obviously, new strings are a must.

              For the retail price, this is about what I expected from RK... and that's a compliment. It really is an excellent guitar at it's daily price point, but if you score it on sale or on a Stupid Deal of the Day, it suddenly becomes inspirational. I love it, but it did need some fiddling. Still, if you have a favorite player and want to mix it up a little with something different, this might just fit the bill. I am glad I got it.

               
              5.0

              Knowing abit about gits.I knew what I was buying.

              By Donnie C.

              from Springfield Ma.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • I was still surprised. neat git. Fun
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar:

                I got it at half price. Thank you M. F. It actually was more than I expected. Built good. Funky old boxey sound. It feels like playing a git. from another era. I didn't excpect a high- end git. What I got was a fun piece of history. Once again a happy customer

                 
                4.0

                Mainly Play Electric Guitar

                By Slappy1Eye

                from Lawrence, KS

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella OOO Acoustic Guitar:

                  I mainly play electric guitar but this item was purchased as a 'Stupid Deal of the Day' and I've thoroughly enjoyed playing it. It has great resonance and pretty nice action for a so-called cheap acoustic guitar. It stays in relatively good tune which is about common for cheaper guitars using cheaper tuners. All in all I was super satisfied w/my purchase and would recommend this guitar to other players wanting to break into acoustics w/o breaking the bank.

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