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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
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (24)
  • Good feel (22)
  • Stays in tune (20)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Consistent (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Jamming (17)
  • Recording (15)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (10)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Can't put it down!

By 

from Toronto, On

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

    Normally you get what you pay for, but in comparison to other guitars i've played, with much higher price tags - this is better than a bargain, this is a gift. obviously its not a Taylor or a Martin, but taking the price of this guitar into consideration, I'm extremely happy! its beyond what you'd expect from a 200-300 range guitar. My other guitar is a Larrivee, and I honestly haven't touched it since I got this one a couple weeks ago. I really can't stop playing it! I read a lot of reviews about this before i decided to buy it, knowing buying a guitar online before trying it out first can be risky, but from everything I read I decided it was worth trying, and now after playing it for a couple weeks, I can promise you it was!
    Enjoy!

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    5.0

    fine guitar

    By 

    from ethel, la.

    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:

      ordered this lil fella and added LR Baggs Element Active System Undersaddle Acoustic Pickup . Great combination! had to work the saddle down a bit when I added the pickup but came out really nice. Plays and sounds like a Gibson and lots of volume even when unplugged. Also added a set of DR 11's... love it

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      5.0

      my wife took it from me

      By 

      from atlanta ga.

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

      My wife took it and does not play yet. Great tone pleasing tone we love it. Makes her happy

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Saweet Parlor Guitar

      By 

      from Chi-town

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

        Are you kidding me? I don't care what country this guitar comes from. This has to have the highest quality/cost=value factor I've ever had in a musical instrument. For what it is, a replica of a mail order guitar of the 30s, I don't think they could have made this better. And for the price...? Come on! This thing resonates like nobody's business. Open tune it, finger pick it, stays in tune for hours, comfortable form factor. Can't say enough good things about it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        R.K. Parlor Guitar

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        from Bemidji, MN

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

          I ordered a Dirty Thirties single O because of the reviews. It is pure fun to play and has a distinct timbre and tone when recorded. Save your money and buy this if you are looking for a parlor guitar.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very cool and very affordable

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          from Nashville, TN

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

            I was skeptical but bought one based on all the great reviews. Out of the box it plays great and stays in tune. It doesn't have a lot volume. I've never had a parlor size before so maybe that is the case with all of them. Some say it looks like a toy. I disagree. Everything about the guitar was done tastefully for this price point. I got mine on sale for 15% off. Its worth every penny even at the normal price. Great couch jam or travel guitar. I have paid much more for much less of a guitar. This is a deal. Go for it!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            the dirty low-down on this little guitar

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            from phoenix,az

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Kind Of A Reso Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

            First, spot-on intonation! This is stunning! I love the finish but smells like an automotive body shop. I have had this for two months or so and smell is still here. A nice reso/boxy sound which blues players will really love. Tuners are very good and guitar holds tune really well. For this kind of money buy each one of the Dirty 30s line!

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            (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Awesome, after decent amount of work

            By 

            from Northeast Ohio

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I Like It

                  By 

                  from minnesota

                  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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    COOL GUITAR

                    By 

                    from northeast Pa (scranton, actually)

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                    Ask me a question

                    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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