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Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella Single O Acoustic Guitar   

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Throwback style and tone at an old school price.

Recording King's Dirty 30's Harmonella guitars are a throwback to the dry, throaty sounding department-store instruments that have become favorites of blues players and songwriters everywhere. The Harmonella Single O is the first of the Dirty 30's Series with tailpieces. Though they're based on vintage instruments, their tone benefits from some modern building techniques. Historically, tailpieces were used on guitars whose tops were reinforced using ladder bracing. These tops delivered a dry sound with very few overtones.

Harmonella models are built using traditional X-bracing on the solid spruce top, which, when paired with the tailpiece, delivers vibrant gutbucket blues sound with enhanced overtones. The original models were made with steel reinforced necks, but today's Harmonellas are built with traditional truss rods for easy neck adjustments.

The classic aesthetics of the Harmonella Single O are just as much a part of their appeal as their sound, and Harmonella guitars follow vintage tradition from the classic-style fretboard markers to the old-school bound soundhole and matte sunburst finish.

Whether you're a songwriter who wants vintage blues sound, or a first-time player who wants something a little cooler, get the benefits of modern construction while still delivering tons of vintage vibe with the Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella Single O.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body type: O
  • 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 Single O Acoustic Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Ugly Duckling

My son recently bought a high-end Recording King Banjo: he is very happy with it. That said, I was looking for a solid spruce top, acoustic, 'Delta Style' guitar. Musician's Friend...Read complete review

My son recently bought a high-end Recording King Banjo: he is very happy with it. That said, I was looking for a solid spruce top, acoustic, 'Delta Style' guitar. Musician's Friend had a stupid deal of the day that featured the Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella @ 42% savings and, always looking for deals, I bought it. When it arrived, I re-strung it with Ernie Ball Lights and I could not believe the sound: IT WAS FABULOUS, especially the low E and A strings. I really liked the fret markers, feel of the neck and size of the body: it's much larger than what it looks like in pictures though Ibanez, Fender and Gretsch make better looking bodies, in my opinion. That said, something didn't look right about the guitar and I couldn't figure out what it was. I finally noticed that the sound hole was off center by a 1/4 inch. I was going to exchange it for another but didn't because the sound is FABULOUS !! I nicknamed it my 'Ugly Duckling' and kept on plucking. Hope this review helps.......Billy

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not exactly what I expected, but OK

I was looking for a relatively inexpensive parlor guitar for noodling on the couch while rotting my brain watching cheesy reality TV. The Dirty Thirties 0 parlor was getting good reviews, but I also...Read complete review

I was looking for a relatively inexpensive parlor guitar for noodling on the couch while rotting my brain watching cheesy reality TV. The Dirty Thirties 0 parlor was getting good reviews, but I also looked at the Gretsch Jim Dandy as well as parlors from Fender and Ibanez. Then I found the Harmonella, and the look with the tailpiece attracted me for its uniqueness. Musician's Friend had a mint open box Harmonella for about 25% off, and that sealed the deal. I love the looks of the guitar. The fit in finish is quite nice, only a little glue showing around the neck joint if you look really hard. It was irksome when the G string broke during the initial tune. Not sure why, it appeared to be the factory string, but I replaced it with the same d'Addario strings. It's harder to play than my Seagull S6, mainly I need to work harder reaching the frets with my little finger on a 4 finger chord. Other's who've played it made the same comment. I'm just a beginner and maybe the action on the Harmonella could be adjusted to make them more similar. The sound is unique though, much more metallic than I expected, even after watching some youtube videos of the Harmonella. I'm not good at explaining sound, but to me it's closer to the sound of a resonator guitar than an acoustic. Definitely different, not unpleasing, but "cheaper" sounding which may be the whole point. it is described as a "gut bucket" blues guitar with old time mail order guitar sound. Now I know what that means! It is fun to play, and I find myself picking it up a lot. But sometimes I do tire of the "jangle" and reach for the mellow tones of the Seagull. Depends on the mood.

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not exactly what I expected, but OK

By Snood Dewlap

from Northeast Washington

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • Practicing

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

I was looking for a relatively inexpensive parlor guitar for noodling on the couch while rotting my brain watching cheesy reality TV. The Dirty Thirties 0 parlor was getting good reviews, but I also looked at the Gretsch Jim Dandy as well as parlors from Fender and Ibanez. Then I found the Harmonella, and the look with the tailpiece attracted me for its uniqueness. Musician's Friend had a mint open box Harmonella for about 25% off, and that sealed the deal. I love the looks of the guitar. The fit in finish is quite nice, only a little glue showing around the neck joint if you look really hard. It was irksome when the G string broke during the initial tune. Not sure why, it appeared to be the factory string, but I replaced it with the same d'Addario strings. It's harder to play than my Seagull S6, mainly I need to work harder reaching the frets with my little finger on a 4 finger chord. Other's who've played it made the same comment. I'm just a beginner and maybe the action on the Harmonella could be adjusted to make them more similar. The sound is unique though, much more metallic than I expected, even after watching some youtube videos of the Harmonella. I'm not good at explaining sound, but to me it's closer to the sound of a resonator guitar than an acoustic. Definitely different, not unpleasing, but "cheaper" sounding which may be the whole point. it is described as a "gut bucket" blues guitar with old time mail order guitar sound. Now I know what that means! It is fun to play, and I find myself picking it up a lot. But sometimes I do tire of the "jangle" and reach for the mellow tones of the Seagull. Depends on the mood.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Ugly Duckling

By Billy

from Ocala, Florida

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Low E and A strings sound FABULOUS !!
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Sound hole is off center

Best Uses

  • Delta Blues

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

My son recently bought a high-end Recording King Banjo: he is very happy with it. That said, I was looking for a solid spruce top, acoustic, 'Delta Style' guitar. Musician's Friend had a stupid deal of the day that featured the Recording King Dirty 30's Harmonella @ 42% savings and, always looking for deals, I bought it. When it arrived, I re-strung it with Ernie Ball Lights and I could not believe the sound: IT WAS FABULOUS, especially the low E and A strings. I really liked the fret markers, feel of the neck and size of the body: it's much larger than what it looks like in pictures though Ibanez, Fender and Gretsch make better looking bodies, in my opinion. That said, something didn't look right about the guitar and I couldn't figure out what it was. I finally noticed that the sound hole was off center by a 1/4 inch. I was going to exchange it for another but didn't because the sound is FABULOUS !! I nicknamed it my 'Ugly Duckling' and kept on plucking. Hope this review helps.......Billy

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good for what it is.

By Axemasher

from Republic of Texas

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

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

    This is no D28 Martin, but it wasn't intended to be. It's an upgraded copy of a 1930's catalogue guitar, the kind that a lot of old-timey blues musicians and singers used back in the day. It has a floating wood bridge which will have to be adjusted for scale length and angle for proper intonation. However, the action was very good for an acoustic guitar, and the fit and finish was excellent, considering the cost of this instrument. Also, there was double binding on the body, and binding around the soundhole [ no rosette ]. Nice for such a 'cheap' guitar. Playability was very good; the tone was strong in the mid and high range, and lacking in the low end, but that was expected.

    I am happy with this guitar, and it's fun to play. I don't ask more than that.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The price is right!

    By Joe the runner

    from East coast

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

    For the Deal of the day was perfect price. Sounds good for its price it's plays perfect. I like putting the slide on it

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very happy with this item

    By Ravenbarron

    from Marshalltown Iowa

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues
      • Song writing.

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

      I love the sound and feel of this guitar the action allows my fingers to glide over the fretboard very very easy to play very enjoyable indeed.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Interesting Tone, Good Build

      By Mrknighterrant

      from Saint George UT

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        Great little one-tricky pony guitar. The tailpiece, short-scale and rosewood bridge make it a unique player. It's easy to play, came setup perfectly and sounds distinctive. The underwrap tailpiece is the key. If you're looking for a gutbucket almost dobro sound with natural reverb and a bit of steel, this guitar is for you. I'm looking forward to trying a bottleneck slide out with it. Nice to have a solid wood top.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Price could not be best for this great little 12 fret.

        By Rocco

        from Youngstown, Ohio

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Cheapest 12 fret out there and it punches about it's weight.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Disappointed in Quality Control

            By Ronbone

            from Delaware

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

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

            I received this little guitar double-boxed and good packaging. However, the guitar arrived with a chip out of the headstock and the headstock decal partially rubbed out. The neck had a bad back bow and every string was buzzing. I relieved the back bow and tried to retune, but the high E string broke. I decided to set it down for now out of frustration. Either this guitar left the factory damaged or it was a customer return. Either way I'm not happy. I've had other Recording King guitars but this is the worst by far.

             
            5.0

            An excellent value.

            By Ray The Revelator

            from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording

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

              I was looking for a modern day Stella and this guitar surpassed my expectations.

               
              4.0

              Can't beat it for the price

              By TJR the original

              from Fullerton, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording

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

                I bought this completely on impulse. I wanted a cheap guitar that I could experiment alternate tuneing with, but I always try a guitar first. But this time I decided to just jump in and get it.
                At first, I had trouble getting it into tune and I almost thought that buying this guitar might have been a mistake. Then I realized that the guitar just needed to aclimate. I let it sit outside the box for a bit, and then it was fine. I do recommend putting new strings on it upon arrival though.

                The guitar has been working out good since, and it holds it tuning pretty well.

                I have been experimenting with alternate tunings and have started writing my first song in open G tuning

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