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Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O  

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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 satin sunburst fin...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 satin 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, matte 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
  • 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
 
4.4

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (40)
  • Good feel (37)
  • Stays in tune (34)
  • Good audio (27)
  • Consistent (20)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (37)
  • Jamming (31)
  • Recording (21)
  • Small venues (19)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (13), Novice (5)

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

 

Sound is good, finish (QI) needs help

I got my guitar in a timely method and it sounds good. However, there are some issues.
I'm not sure how it cleared manufacture or retail inspection, but please note the...Read complete review

I got my guitar in a timely method and it sounds good. However, there are some issues.
I'm not sure how it cleared manufacture or retail inspection, but please note the following:
1- the nut is off center towards the high E string
2- there's a finish blem(peel?) on the tip of the head stock
3- the cap on the heel is blem
4- there's a blem on the top binding at the neck joint on the high E side
5- blem on the top binding at neck joint on the low E side
6- screws on the machine tuners aren't completely seated
7- the plastic end pin slips out easily
8- there was no literature with the guitar which leads me to believe it was a blem, 2nd or previous return
(not advertised as such)

I tried e-submitting the above (including pictures) several times, but the send feature on the online form would not function.
And on top of all that, I was not credited any "Backstage Pass" points.

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Saweet Parlor Guitar

By Devin Scott Hodge

from Orland Park, IL

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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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great deal!

    By WillPayne

    from Lafayette, LA

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

      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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice-Sounding Little Guitar

      By Thunderthump

      from DC

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

        I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this little instrument. Out of the box the action was good and the intonation pretty near spot-on. The sound that comes out of this thing is also surprising - vibrant, balanced, loud and rich! It's not tinny sounding by any means, and there is a nice amount of bass that vibrates through nicely. The satin finish on mine seems pretty thin, and will easily get marked up with use. In my eyes, that just means it'll achieve that worn-in look sooner than later. Plus, the thin finish allows the guitar to sing like it's supposed to. The finish had some paint blems here and there, but they'll blend in once normal playwear starts to set in. Thumbs up on this one!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "Dirty Thirties"? Perfect name for this little gem.

        By Mr.Mark

        from Metropolis

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

          Lets start off by saying what this guitar is not. It is not, IMO, a cross-genre all purpose instrument that fits any style of music. It does have a "boxy" tonal quality (especially in the upper mid-range) that will turn some people off. However, its that quality among others that make is shine as a Blues box...especially Delta Blues. This guitar has TONS of sustain and overall balance in lows and highs. Where it really shines is with open tuning with or without a slide. Quality wise, I can't find anything wrong with mine. This is the only new acoustic guitar I've bought that you can literally pick up out of the box, tune it up, and play effortlessly. Value is excellent. If you play the blues and you're looking for something a little bit different in an acoustic, this thing was born to sing the blues. Definitely worth a look.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Can't put it down!

          By Juneur

          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!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I Like It

            By ernie

            from minnesota

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            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.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Excellent and Comfortable

              By The Bass Player-CWDs0

              from Shoals area, Alabama

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                R.K. Parlor Guitar

                By Max Bugsby

                from Bemidji Minnesota

                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.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very cool and very affordable

                  By rjantn

                  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!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    the dirty low-down on this little guitar

                    By mickey

                    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!

                    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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....

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great "Old Time" Sounding Guitar

                      By Nick N

                      from Los Angeles, CA

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Action Is A Bit High

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                      I was looking for a "cowboy guitar" and this is it. It's very well made and has that small intimate tone. Great for fingerpicking or strumming. They (nicely) put a few balsa shims under the bridge but even after removing, the action is a bit high when you play up high. Totally fine for 5th fret and below. It's well worth the money. It comes without a case. I bought a classical guitar case. Not an exact fit but it'll do.

                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Pretty Dang Good, Love It!

                      By Travis

                      from Lincoln, NE

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                        Love this guitar, beat my expectations. Very loud and resonate for a small parlor size. So nice the construction seems really good and came set up real nice right out of the box. Will be used for recording and live small venue stuff. Can't beat the price and look of a quality recording king.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        EXCELLENT!

                        By Derick

                        from Eau Claire, WI

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                          Always wanted a parlor guitar. After doing the research, this one was going to give me the sound I wanted at a great price. First guitar came and played great! Cool sound. Authentic. However, the top cracked after the first week. M.F. replaced in a few days -no questions. Awesome service!

                          This is the guitar you want if you want that great 30's, boxy sound at a cheap-o price. A Gibson would be awesome, but keeping everything in perspective, this baby is great and should last long enough for these old bones.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Open box purchase of Dirty 30's

                          By Mouse

                          from Tennessee

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Stays In Tune

                          Cons

                          • Poor Construction

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                          It was an open box , flawed, because of the binding. Well.....The appearance is really rough, the finish feels improperly applied. Tuners weren't fully screwed in. The heel was gouged, and the binding was indeed uneven. This particular guitar should never have left the factory, certainly not worth discounted price.....I restrung the corroded looking strings with martins, and tightened the tuners. Don't think I'll worry about it getting dinged or scratched. After all that , I have to say it sounds pretty good..easy on smaller hands, comfortable to sit in your lap and enjoy. It's a very good guitar for fingerpicking, good tone . If you order , and they send you a proper one, you'll be satisfied for the price

                          (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          COOL GUITAR

                          By thoughtman

                          from scranton, pa

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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

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            COOL LITTLE GUITAR!!!

                            By Caretaker

                            from Denver CO

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                            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.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Good Value

                              By Mike

                              from Florida

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                              Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

                              Needed an inexpensive travel guitar. Wanted enough tone to do open mics in less than ideal conditions and venues. Have owned other parlor/travel guitars. Big Baby, small baby, fender, takamini, etc. For the money the RK DT-0 hit the bullseye. Comfortable straight neck, adequate sound, spot-on intonation, acceptable fit and finish. Lowered the action and changed strings to 11 set. Very pleased with the playability and not concerned about losing it to the airlines or the elements.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Pleasant surprise....

                              By John in Santa Cruz

                              from Santa Cruz, CA

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                              Pros

                              • 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:

                                Straight neck, decent build quality; three of the bridge pins were too loose, so I replaced them with some other plastic ones I had lying around, not sure what those are from. I put 10's on it in place of the stock 12's but will probably settle for 11's.
                                Bone saddle had a 1/32" or so shim under it that I removed; I may still lower the saddle a bit more. Great intonation on this guitar, really close.

                                Nice enough sound, bass was better than I hoped. Nice guitar for messing around, great price.

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