Backstage Pass: Earn 8% Back in RewardsLearn More
  • Shop by Category
  • Hot Deals
  • Looking for Coupons? Call us

MF MD HG Accessories Sale 04-29-16
Top Rated
Recording King Logo
SKU 
H94645 000001000

Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O  Satin Sunburst 

  • Write a Review

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

In Stock & Ready To Ship

Gold Coverage: (What’s This?)
  • List:
    $266.99
  • 2-Year Warranty
    FREE
  • Shipping (48 Contiguous U.S. States)
    FREE
  • Your Price:
    $18624
  Add to Cart
Add to Wish List
See All Recording King 6 String Acoustic Guitars
Musician's Friend Backstage Pass

Earn up to 1,488 in points.

OVERVIEW

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.

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

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
Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
Recording KingDirty Thirties Solid Top Single O
 
4.5

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (30)
  • Good feel (27)
  • Stays in tune (24)
  • Good audio (18)
  • Consistent (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (27)
  • Jamming (22)
  • Recording (15)
  • Small venues (15)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (11), Novice (4)

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.

VS

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.

Reviewed by 33 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
4.0

nice little parlor for the money.

By B freehill

from Boulder Co

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

    I wanted something smaller than my dread that I could take on the road or leave laying around the house and not worry about it. I love the parlor size and it plays very well. I did adjust the neck a bit as it had a little fret buzz. The build quality is very nice and all the hardware works well. Bought it on on sale and got a killer deal. It did have a heavy glue? smell for the first few weeks but faded away.
    I tried a few sets of strings to find the sound I was after. I settled on Martin SP lights. They give the guitar a little less of the vintage blues box sound and make it very easy to play for a general selection of music.

    Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

     
    5.0

    Love

    By LadyHawk

    from USA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • 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:

      I picked this up as an open box because it was cheap. I was just looking for a guitar that I wouldn't mind leaving in the living room next to my chair. Basically a beater. Man was I surprised by the sound of this "beater" guitar! I have had her for a few months now and tend to grab it instead of taking one of my pricier guitars out of their cases. Killer deal!

      Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      EXCELLENT!

      By D. Black

      from Eau Claire, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      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.

        Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

        (1 of 1 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

        Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

        (3 of 3 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.

          Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

           
          4.0

          A solid instrument with good value

          By Neil

          from Nashville, TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

          • Poor Construction

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Solid Top Single O:

          This guitar is really good for the price. It's a no-frills guitar: when I got it, I was conditioning the fretboard and the nut popped off. I used a little wood glue and stuck it back on with no problems, however.

          The tone is good for a O sized guitar- I'm very happy with this guitar. If you're looking for a cheap parlor sized guitar for traveling with I highly recommend this guitar. I like Recording King a lot, in my experience they have very good value. The guitar plays good and has a modern feel to it. Definitely happy with my purchase.

          Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

          (3 of 3 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!

            Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

             
            5.0

            fine guitar

            By fly

            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

              Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

               
              5.0

              my wife took it from me

              By slick

              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

              Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Saweet Parlor Guitar

              By Devin Scott Hodge

              from Orland Park, IL

              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.

                Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

                Displaying reviews 1-10

                Back to top

                Previous | Next »

                Ship To: US Flag
                You are changing the Ship-To country.

                Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.