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Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O Satin Sunburst 

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The Dirty Thirties Dust Bowl-inspired Single O is meant to sound great wherever the road takes you. With a solid top and old-style matte sunburst fin...Read More

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A solid spruce top and period refinements make this vintage-style O guitar a winner.

The Dirty Thirties Dust Bowl-inspired Single O 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, vintage style and exceptional value. Like the original Montgomery Ward mail order guitars in the first half of the century, the Dirty Thirties Single O is the perfect companion for singer-songwriters, folk stylists or traveling troubadours.

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

The Dirty Thirties Series packs excellent playability and historic vibe into an ultra-affordable package that makes vintage style accessible to even the most budget-conscious players. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Extra-large fretboard dots
  • Aged ivoroid body binding
  • Satin sunburst finish
  • Vintage-inspired tuning keys
  • Historic Recording King headstock
  • Case sold separately

Get back to the future with this celebration of guitars gone by. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O

  • Model: Rph-05
  • Body Shape: O
  • Top Material: Solid Spruce
  • Back Material: White Wood
  • Side Material: White Wood
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Forward X-Bracing
  • Top Braces: Scalloped
  • Neck Material: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Contemporary "C"
  • Neck Joint: Dovetail
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • # Of Frets Clear: 12
  • # Of Frets Total: 20
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: Recording King Decal
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style, Plastic Button
  • Body Binding: Ivory
  • Rosette: Classic Style
  • Top Purfling: None
  • Fretboard Inlays: Classic Extra-Large
  • Fretboard Binding: None
  • Bridge Material: Rosewood
  • Bridge Shape: Straight
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Bridge Pins & Endpin: Ivory Plastic
  • Pickguard: None
  • Finish: Satin Sunburst
  • Electronics: None
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Recording KingDirty Thirties Solid Top Single O
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good feel (16)
  • Stays in tune (16)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Consistent (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (15)
    • Recording (12)
    • Jamming (11)
    • Small venues (7)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great deal!

    I have been wanting a 0 guitar for quite some time. I went to several music stores looking at Loars, Gibsons, Larivees, Martins, Blueridge, and more. Now, to be fair,...Read complete review

    I have been wanting a 0 guitar for quite some time. I went to several music stores looking at Loars, Gibsons, Larivees, Martins, Blueridge, and more. Now, to be fair, a guitar of this price won't compare fairly to a Gibson or Martin, yet, this guitar still holds its own just fine. Now Loars are also made in China and make a more fair comparison. I played Loars at three times the price and half the value. All 3 guitars in the Dirty Thirties series are a fantastic simple value. If you want something that sounds great, feels great and doesn't break your wallet, this is the guitar that has the best bang for your buck. If you have the money to spend on a Gibson or a Martin, then this definitely won't compare. But, for my budget, this works perfect and makes me excited about playing more acoustic. Another guy complained about buzz. The 0's tend to have a break up which blues players dig. I'm not sure if that's what he's talking about. But I had absolutely no fret buzz. The set up in unbelievable for a cheap Chinese guitar. and by cheap I mean price, not quality.

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    Awesome, after decent amount of work

    Man, this guitar looks so gorgeous right out of the box... unfortunately it needed some serious setup and modifications to be pleasing to my ear. I'm sure some folks are into boxy...Read complete review

    Man, this guitar looks so gorgeous right out of the box... unfortunately it needed some serious setup and modifications to be pleasing to my ear. I'm sure some folks are into boxy sound, but I'm certainly not, it turns out.. I voided the warranty like mad by ripping the back of the guitar off and removing most of the bracing on the top and back, but at least the irritatingly boxy sound is gone. Sounds like a 000 guitar body now :) Lotsa warmth and bass, still a little boxy but ever so much better. Also, had to polish the frets to be able to bend notes comfortably and shim the saddle to kill a ton of fret buzz. Super playable now though!! So enjoy the guitar. Maybe I got a lemon, I dunno.

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    3.0

    Awesome, after decent amount of work

    By Tooch

    from Northeast Ohio

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          Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

          Man, this guitar looks so gorgeous right out of the box... unfortunately it needed some serious setup and modifications to be pleasing to my ear. I'm sure some folks are into boxy sound, but I'm certainly not, it turns out.. I voided the warranty like mad by ripping the back of the guitar off and removing most of the bracing on the top and back, but at least the irritatingly boxy sound is gone. Sounds like a 000 guitar body now :) Lotsa warmth and bass, still a little boxy but ever so much better. Also, had to polish the frets to be able to bend notes comfortably and shim the saddle to kill a ton of fret buzz. Super playable now though!! So enjoy the guitar. Maybe I got a lemon, I dunno.

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          5.0

          I Like It

          By ERenkert

          from Tomah WI

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

            item arrived on time, and in excellent condition. I wanted it for slide play, and had it set up for such.
            it sounds very good for country slide blues. fun little guitar to play hard to put down, my others are getting jealous.

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            5.0

            COOL GUITAR

            By thoughtman

            from northeast Pa (scranton, actually)

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Nice Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

              after a lifetime of dreadnought sized guitars I wanted to check out parlor sized guitars and was intrigued by the solid top aspect of this item. It has a neat sound and appearance, although one might have to get used to the satin finish. It taps in to my inner Woody Guthrie-thanks

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              4.0

              Excellent and Comfortable

              By The Bass Player-CWDs0

              from Shoals area, Alabama

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                From guitars I own that cost thousands to a flurry of small or travel-size guitars, this Recording King parlor has been my favorite since I got it in June.

                I bought it off the rack, the shop did a nice setup and I put it to use immediately.

                After a couple of eight-hour sessions on a humid Southern night, the end pin came unglued. I re-glued it but it only held for another long session. The shop re-glued it though and it has been fine ever since.

                That's the only issue I've had.

                I play it all the way up the neck past the 12th as my ring finger and pinkie can stretch and it is very enjoyable to play. I stopped using picks on it early on and play it mostly with my fingers.

                The neck has just the amount of "beef" to it mimicking the necks you can find on some original 30s guitars in this style.

                It looks fantastic and the 12-fret neck is just what I was looking for. I'm probably going to ditch the other three travel guitars (Martin, Taylor and Applause) since this one fills that role as well as being a primary instrument. I simply have not been able to stop playing it.

                I have not had any tuning issues other than the occasional correction to 440 on the G string once in a while.

                An excellent value. I might get another one just to put back in case they go away.

                I know I sound like a paid hack but for the money, this is an excellent instrument and it's a lot of fun to play and extremely comfortable and portable.

                Get a good setup immediately after buying it and if you know what to expect - I think most guitarists will enjoy it.

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                4.0

                Good Guitar

                By 56harmonica

                from West Chester, PA

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Nice Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                  I had to return two of these but M Friend took care of me...the first one the dot at the 12th fret was not drilled correctly and the second one ....at the nut on the high e side there was gap and it was filled with Blue Wood Puddy....plus the paint job at the neck joint was faulty.....They took care of shipping so no big deal.....I realize they are inexpensive but I was expecting better quality....

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                  4.0

                  fun guitar

                  By Jim

                  from North Florida

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                        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                        first one had problems, second one was ok. MF has excelentt customer service though, so all good now. Good guitar to leave out and not worry too much about. Plays good after some initial tweaking. Excellent for the price.

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                        4.0

                        COOL LITTLE GUITAR!!!

                        By Guitar Hoarder

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                          This guitar is so much fun to play that it's just hard to put down. I've got quite a few quitars, yet this one fills its own special niche.

                          Sound is rich and much louder than you'd expect from the looks of the guitar. Although I like the vintage looks, it does sort of look like a toy.

                          It's a straight-up blues box, so great for noodling around as well as accompanying the voice. It doesn't have much low end, as you would expect, and yet the sound is gorgeous. Of course, the first thing I did was put on some new strings. What a difference!

                          Not that I had a choice, since Seller shipped it with a broken string. There were also some bits of wood rolling around in the guitar, which makes me a little more concerned. After much chasing around, seller finally agreed to give me a credit to buy new strings. But I've placed orders since then, and the discount is nowhere to be seen.

                          I still would have given it 5 stars if not for the poor service from seller.

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                          5.0

                          Nice

                          By Mat D.

                          from NYC

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                            The best way to describe this hot little box is the difference between Gibson humbuckers and Fender single coils. This is a single-coil acoustic. The notes just pop out and snap, and chords ring and sustain like a bell. And it has some of the knarliest overtones you could ever wish for. Sweet!

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                            5.0

                            Recording King Dirty Thirties - O Series

                            By abstowe

                            from saint charles, il

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • 12 Fret Sunburst Parlor
                            • Consistent
                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel
                            • Rich Sound
                            • Stays In Tune

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Practicing
                              • Recording
                              • Small Venues

                              Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                              This is really a wonderful guitar for the price point. I own an OM-28 Marquis and a D-18 GE and yes, I love both these guitars. However, the Recording King O series at its price point is hard to beat. I've been playing for over 30 years and this little 12 fret guitar produces that hollow blues tone that finger-pickers love. This guitar fits in perfectly when you are vacationing but don't want to risk bringing out your best. You won't be disappointed. This guitar is worth far more than its retail price.

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                              5.0

                              Perfection

                              By Seth McArdle

                              from South Georgia, USA

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Fun To Play
                              • Good Feel
                              • Looks great
                              • Rich Sound
                              • Stays In Tune

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Jamming
                                • Practicing
                                • Recording

                                Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                                This is a workhorse of a guitar. The size is perfect and the finish is almost impossible to blemish. Also, do not be fooled by the small body. This thing is loud. The first five frets are the sweet spots on this guitar, but it is possible to go up the neck with little effort. The harmonic response is also sweet.

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