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Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar Natural

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Sitka spruce top, and mahogany back and sides on a historic golden age 12th fret OOO acoustic guitar.

The Recording King ROS-06 is a 12th fret OOO-style guitar crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, offering the warm intimate sound you would expect from a classic 12th fret. The 1-13/16" nut width is a fingerpicker's dream, and professional appointments like the rosewood fretboard, ebony pyramid bridge, bone nut and saddle insure the Recording King ROS-06 guitar sounds as great as it looks. With a wide, comfortable neck and warm, even projection, this acoustic guitar offers players something unique yet affordable. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Model: ROS-06
Body shape: historic Golden Age 12th fret OOO
Top material: solid Sitka spruce
Back material: mahogany
Side material: mahogany
Top bracing pattern: X-bracing
Top braces: scalloped spruce
Neck material: mahogany
Neck profile: contemporary "C"
Neck joint: dovetail
Fretboard material: rosewood
Scale length: 25.4"
Frets: 20 (12 open)
Nut material: bone
Nut width: 1-13/16"
Headstock overlay: rosewood
Tuning machines: die-cast
Body binding: tortoise shell
Rosette: classic style
Bridge material: rosewood
Bridge shape: pyramid
Saddle: bone
Bridge pins and endpin: ivory with black dot
Finish: natural glossy
Case sold separately
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Recording KingROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar
 
4.3

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Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Stays in tune (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
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Thrilled with this purchase

In 53 years of buying and selling instruments this ROS-06 guitar stands out as the most I have ever gotten for the least money. The RK RP 10 I just bought was also...Read complete review

In 53 years of buying and selling instruments this ROS-06 guitar stands out as the most I have ever gotten for the least money. The RK RP 10 I just bought was also an amazing bargain. These are vintage Martin copies and I like them as much as my higher end Martins (which I LOVE). MF gave me such a great deal on both that they might just have to report them stolen. These RKs were first brought to my attention by a flyer from another supplier. They wanted a small fortune just to ship it here to Alaska! MF has always made me offers I couldn't refuse. Buy this guitar and I don't think you'll regret it. I had to tweak the truss rod slightly on both guitars so don't despair if you have neck issues. Took me two seconds to straighten the necks and they're perfect. I can't get the silly smile off my face and my musician friends are clamoring to get one for themselves. Lucky me!

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There are tradeoffs. Decide for yourself.

I decided not to keep the ROS-06 after doing a careful evaluation of it. I was careful not to get sucked into the hype that was going around the guitar forums and I'm...Read complete review

I decided not to keep the ROS-06 after doing a careful evaluation of it. I was careful not to get sucked into the hype that was going around the guitar forums and I'm glad that I formed my own opinion. It's a bit funny that you see these guitars being recommended a lot and you also see them being resold a lot.
This is the budget-end OOO from Recording King. It has a 1-13/16" nut width and a thick neck which can be problematic for some folk guitarists. The neck is not as beefy as the other OOOs in Recording King's line but it can still create problems when thumb-fretting.

The string-spacing at the bridge measured 2-3/8". Combined with the nut width and thin body, its specs makes for a very good fingerstyle guitar.

The tone is what one of my friends described as "fundamental" and I agree with him. It's decent and there's a little more bass to this guitar than a typical OM. But it stops there. There's no lush quality to the trebles and they can be a bit weak relative to the bass strings.
The quality is okay. Recording King has gotten better over the few short years ever since The Music Link revived the label and broke it out from their inexpensive Johnson line. The fretwork is generally good but two that I purchased and returned suffered from the typical fret bulge where the neck joins the body (the 12th fret in this case).

The top is made of what is marketed as AA-grade sitka spruce. One of my friends has an ROS-06 with a nice top but the two that I got had very unappealing grain patterns. The tops were perfectly bookmatched though so the ugly patterns were evenly spread on both sides. Solid-topped Yamahas that sell for less have better looking tops but Yamaha doesn't make a OOO like this.

The laminated back and sides are stained dark which is probably to help mask imperfections in the wood.

The polyurethane finish is okay but you can find "bunching" in the join areas. One guitar had what looked like glue stains in the wood underneath the finish.

The weakest part of the ROS-06 is the cheap Chinese-made tuning machines. They will either have a lot of play to them or they will be rather tight. This can make precise tuning an exercise in patience if not frustrating. Most everyone I know who bought the ROS-06 upgraded the machines to Grover Sta-Tites. A tech may charge you fpr labor to do the installation. If this isn't something you can do yourself, consider buying the ROS-16 which at least comes with Grover's budget tuning machines installed.
If you're in the market for a vintage-style OOO on a limited budget, this is the only option out there. The form factor makes it great for fingerstyle but, being a 12-fretter, you could run out of runway if you perform any pieces that require a capo.

The slight imbalance of the guitar's tone towards the basses can create problems for fingerstylists though. Many fingerstyle pieces depend on a melody line and that requires clear trebles. Play this OOO side-by-side with an OM and you'll hear what's lacking.

So the shape is great for fingerstyle but the tone isn't quite ideal for it. It's still acceptable though.

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(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

There are tradeoffs. Decide for yourself.

By GuitarVlog

from California

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Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

I decided not to keep the ROS-06 after doing a careful evaluation of it. I was careful not to get sucked into the hype that was going around the guitar forums and I'm glad that I formed my own opinion. It's a bit funny that you see these guitars being recommended a lot and you also see them being resold a lot.
This is the budget-end OOO from Recording King. It has a 1-13/16" nut width and a thick neck which can be problematic for some folk guitarists. The neck is not as beefy as the other OOOs in Recording King's line but it can still create problems when thumb-fretting.

The string-spacing at the bridge measured 2-3/8". Combined with the nut width and thin body, its specs makes for a very good fingerstyle guitar.

The tone is what one of my friends described as "fundamental" and I agree with him. It's decent and there's a little more bass to this guitar than a typical OM. But it stops there. There's no lush quality to the trebles and they can be a bit weak relative to the bass strings.
The quality is okay. Recording King has gotten better over the few short years ever since The Music Link revived the label and broke it out from their inexpensive Johnson line. The fretwork is generally good but two that I purchased and returned suffered from the typical fret bulge where the neck joins the body (the 12th fret in this case).

The top is made of what is marketed as AA-grade sitka spruce. One of my friends has an ROS-06 with a nice top but the two that I got had very unappealing grain patterns. The tops were perfectly bookmatched though so the ugly patterns were evenly spread on both sides. Solid-topped Yamahas that sell for less have better looking tops but Yamaha doesn't make a OOO like this.

The laminated back and sides are stained dark which is probably to help mask imperfections in the wood.

The polyurethane finish is okay but you can find "bunching" in the join areas. One guitar had what looked like glue stains in the wood underneath the finish.

The weakest part of the ROS-06 is the cheap Chinese-made tuning machines. They will either have a lot of play to them or they will be rather tight. This can make precise tuning an exercise in patience if not frustrating. Most everyone I know who bought the ROS-06 upgraded the machines to Grover Sta-Tites. A tech may charge you fpr labor to do the installation. If this isn't something you can do yourself, consider buying the ROS-16 which at least comes with Grover's budget tuning machines installed.
If you're in the market for a vintage-style OOO on a limited budget, this is the only option out there. The form factor makes it great for fingerstyle but, being a 12-fretter, you could run out of runway if you perform any pieces that require a capo.

The slight imbalance of the guitar's tone towards the basses can create problems for fingerstylists though. Many fingerstyle pieces depend on a melody line and that requires clear trebles. Play this OOO side-by-side with an OM and you'll hear what's lacking.

So the shape is great for fingerstyle but the tone isn't quite ideal for it. It's still acceptable though.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thrilled with this purchase

By Oldfingers

from Homer, Alaska

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Perfect intonation
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune
  • Truly Beautiful
  • Unbelievable Price

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

    In 53 years of buying and selling instruments this ROS-06 guitar stands out as the most I have ever gotten for the least money. The RK RP 10 I just bought was also an amazing bargain. These are vintage Martin copies and I like them as much as my higher end Martins (which I LOVE). MF gave me such a great deal on both that they might just have to report them stolen. These RKs were first brought to my attention by a flyer from another supplier. They wanted a small fortune just to ship it here to Alaska! MF has always made me offers I couldn't refuse. Buy this guitar and I don't think you'll regret it. I had to tweak the truss rod slightly on both guitars so don't despair if you have neck issues. Took me two seconds to straighten the necks and they're perfect. I can't get the silly smile off my face and my musician friends are clamoring to get one for themselves. Lucky me!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Can't be beat for great value!

    By Droydx

    from Santa Barbara, CA

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    Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I was a snob, stuck in the dreadnaught world; since the 1970's that is all I played, I have a 1966 Gibson J-50, but after playing this guitar, it will be sittling a lot more. You really owe it to yourself to check out a OOO size guitar...the design, construction and versatility of the Recording King RO-6 can't be beat! If you don't believe me, check one of these out for yourself, and I am sure you will be glad you did.
    Bone nut and bridge are nice features for this low end guitar. My tuners do have typical low end slop, but I can live with it.
    The finish really is nice, no issues here, they make a quality instrument for this price range! In terms of overall look, it is as nice as my expensive Alvarez, and indeed looks like it was made in the same factory in China! Wood quality is excellent as well as the build, no glue issues, and the fingerboard and frets are very nice...they didn't need a thing. For set up, I checked the truss (it wasn't even snug, tightened up the tuner screws and then did a simple set up of the bridge by carefully sanding off about 3/32 of an inch to bring the strings down, and it plays wonderfully. These OOO's have a great bright tone, my mid range is most pronounced, which could be expected for this size guitar. Treble is good, but not as "articulate" as some of the more costlier guitars... but I am talking instruments at about five times the price! Lots of punch and projection....really surprised me.
    This is what it's about...do you want a guitar to play and not have to freak out if someone picks it up and starts hammering away....or do you want a guitar that lives in a case, or a studio? You pays the $ you make the choice. I'm very pleased with my choice of the RO-6.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Obama gave some of my money back, so i bought a guitar

    By mrvrah

    from fl

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • back porch sessions
      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

      As soon as you unpack this guitar, take the strings off of it. Ball them up and throw them away.You may want to wear gloves. I'm pretty sure they're made of lead and dry rotted rubber (turned my fingers black,and they sounded horrible). Put some elixirs on it, and start playing. Sounds really cool. Way more sustain than i expected. Got it to finger pick blues, and that seems to be what it was made for. Its got kind of a " punchy" sound to it and i dig it. Strumming is pretty decent too. I don't use a pick, so i don't know how well it does with them.
      I've read comments on poor construction, but mine is really nice. Low action all the way up. Nothing to do to it but play it. No complaints. And it was cheap.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      An amazing value!

      By Jimmie Blue

      from Flagstaff, Arizona

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      Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar value is amazing for the price. If the price were double, it would still be a good deal. I love the wide fingerboard. I bought it to be a travel guitar, but it is fine for anywhere I play.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this guitar!

      By TJC1

      from Plymouth, MA

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      Pros

      • Easy Player
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

          I got this after looking into 000/parlor style guitars - just wanted to try one out and see what they were about. There are several inexpensive well-reviewed brands around just now, and Reocrding King was high on the list. I jumped on one offered as 'needs repair' here at MF at a great price and decided to take a chance. I LOVE this little guitar! It is the easiest playing of all my acoustics - not sure why; wider neck? shorter scale? It also has a thicker neck than my other guitars, but it feels good and I like it. It just sounds great to my ears - a great clarity and chimy-ness that is different than my dread, a really great sound for finger-style rags and country blues, but it picks nicely, too. And did I say it's fun to play - just makes you want to pick it up whenever you can. For the money, I'd think it would be hard to beat. BTW, the 'repair' it needed was invisible to me - only thing I can find is that there is a bit of a bump in the neck at the 12th (body) fret, but it doesn't affect the playability and could be fixed if I wanted to bother.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          recording king ros -06 review

          By patrick miller

          from australia

          Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

          before deciding to purchase this guitar i did a lot of research about this particular guitar on various sites all of which gave great reviews. however i have to say that when the guitar arrived and i unpacked it i was very disappointed with my purchase. the quality of the finish was disapointing the top of the body where the neck joins had a very noticable dent where someone had been a little to strong with the clamps to hold in place while the glue sets, secondly the tuner plate has a gap of approx 1.5 mm between it and the head stock. i have to say i was very disapointed and would urge others to have a look at other brands before choosing one of these guitars. to be fair it does have a nice sound with good sustain. thats all.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wow!

          By Freddy-jXzod

          from Michigan

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

            Needed an inexpensive acoustic and after all the youtube searching and reviews I picked this one. I was very happy. The action is slightly high, I may file the bridge just a touch. The neck relief was good but I straightened it a bit, I like my necks almost flat. It sounds very rich and full. This is my first 12 fret OOO and I love it, it's very comfortable to sit and play because of the shape. The tuners are not the best but do hold tune once you get it there. This guitar is a steal for the price. The neck is very wide, which I love! Took me about a day to adjust to the spacing but it's so much easier to play now. I'm a little sloppy with my fretting and the wider spacing helps from muting other notes. Fit and finish is perfect and looks like a much more expensive guitar than it is. I will be installing a LR Baggs Lyric pickup and using on stage, it's that good!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Ncguy

            from NC

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

              Great fun guitar. Love the big fat neck and wide fingerboard. Good for finger style playing. Seems very well built, I haven't had to make any adjustments. Terrific value!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Many flaws but still an excellent value

              By Danalog

              from Nashville

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Great Value

              Cons

              • Cosmetic Flaws
              • Not Consistent
              • Uneven Frets

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

              If you are squeamish about cosmetic flaws you will not like this guitar. I sent my first one back to exchange for a new one. The 12th fret was too high and caused buzzing. There are numerous finish flaws and the gloss coat is oversprayed. The top, while solid, is not the best piece of spruce I've ever seen. That all said, I think this guitar is an excellent value. It is fun to play. The ultra wide neck is great for fingerstyle and players with large hands. I like the no-frills, vintage style and the tone is above average for this price range. You must get a professional setup to adjust the neck and level the frets. If you do this instrument could be your go-to guitar.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great flattop for less

              By Christopher Reymann

              from Michigan

              Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

              Overall, this guitar exceeded my expectations. Imported guitars are very hit and miss when it comes to quality and getting your moneys worth out of it. I have seen a lot of imports that are better off in the trash but this guitar is not one of them. The neck set is well done, fit and finish is very clean, and the fretwork is scary good for a less expensive guitar. I have seen much, much worse in my 5 years of tech work so far.
              There's not much to say on features, when talking about this guitar, but I has all it needs to get the job done well. The bone nut and saddle are a big plus. The woods used on this guitar look great for such an affordable guitar. The gains look nice with only a couple light streaks in the top (they not not look bad at all).
              For a guitar in the sub price point, this box is built very well. It did require a moderate amount of setup work to get it playing right though but I would say it needed about the average amount of work for a guitar of it's price. The neck is very true with no issues fingerboard or fret issues near the heel/body. The only fret issue I ran into was very very minor and very easy to fix. Just one high fret on the high e on 7th fret but it was nothing a good file set and some sanding/polishing bars could not fix. The nut slots were pretty high though and the saddle was a little on the high side too. The saddle was no problem but the nut was set very high. It was not horrible though and should not be a deal breaker. Also, the tuners feel a little loose and sloppy. I would plan on upgrading them to something a little more serious.
              This is an awesome guitar for the price. Once it is set up, it plays extremely well and sounds great too. Very good bass tones, timid highs, and mid tones that are not muddy. This is a very good option for someone who can't afford the price of a Martin but does not want to take a huge sacrifice in tone. Just plan on taking this guitar to a shop to have it set up because it will need some work. Like I said though, that should not be a deal break because it need the average amount of work for a guitar of its price.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Review of ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar

              By Frank Finamore

              from Empire State

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              Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

              Overall a very good guitar. Light-weight, resonant and very playable.
              This guitar is an excellent value and fun to play. 12-fret acoustics do sound significantly then14-fret acoustics. Especially in a smaller body guitar, it gives the sound an extra bass boost to the sound, but without the boominess of a dreadnought. The only downside to the guitar are it's very cheap tuners, which seem lack exactness and prone to slippage, and which I will replace as soon as I can afford it. The other downside, is that it could use a professional set-up, as I don't feel I have the skills to lower the action slightly.
              Solid, but tuners are below par, and the frets could have been finished better.
              For a little over 2 bills, an excellent value. With a pro setup and new tuners, should play really great.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Not just worth the money

              By MattGJM

              from vancouver

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              Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

              I picked this guitar up a few weeks ago and I must say-it's not just worth the money, its worth way way more than in terms of how it plays and sounds. I own over 20 guitars, and not just low quality ones-I even have a high end taylor acoustic and I honestly prefer this guitar more. The sound is bright and warm, and it plays like butter. My only problem with the guitar was a faulty tuning machine that had chewed up gears, and trust me when I say it wasn't exactly easy to track down a spare set of matching tuners (they are similar to some martin tuners, but those are hard to come by and unless you want to send back the entire guitar to who you bought it from it might be worth it to make sure all of yours work right away)-that being said, the tuning machines are fairly low quality, but I still feel that mine was an isolated case. If you do buy this guitar-which I highly highly recommend, maybe contact your local recording king dealer and order a spare set just in case, as I'm still trying to get a spare set ordered in. Overall though, it has become my favorite guitar to play and worth way more to me than what I paid. This seems in no way to me and entry level guitar.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Value in Entry-Level Acoustics Today?

              By MartinOM28V

              from Austin TX

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              Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

              I have been playing guitar since 1980 and own acoustics in the $3000 price range. I became intrigued by Recording King after reading so much about these guitars online and finally decided to bite on a ROS-626, the solid-wood version of this guitar. While I had the ROS-626 in the shop getting setup, I spotted the ROS-06 and gave it a strum. I could not believe how good this sounds for a laminated back/side guitar. It is clearly built to the same high standards as the ROS-626 but with a number of features that greatly reduce the price--some good and some not-so-good. On the whole, however, it a very well constructed and fantastic sounding guitar that I would easily recommend to anyone whose budget is limited but taste is not. I bought it as a backup guitar and play it more than any other including my $3000 Martin.Like its solid-wood cousin the ROS-06 features great design first of all, modeled after a 1902 000 parlor. It has a solid sitka top that is very responsive and seems lightly braced compared to most guitars in this price range, which makes it sound more lively from the get-go. It features a wider 1 13/16" neck although mercifully not the pronounced V-shape of the more expensive ROS-626, but more of a rounded, comfortable C-shape. Very easy to play, and great sounding. The not-so-good: the tuners are abysmal. They stay in tune, but I had a gear grind up the first day I had it. The dealer apparently knew about this issue and had a supply of spare tuners. They replaced it under warranty free of charge in a few minutes and I was good to go. If you can afford it you might get a good quality set of tuners for this thing. Also the other not-so-good thing: You will question why in the heck you ever spent $3000 on a guitar. It redefines the term "beginner guitar" and is easily the best guitar for double the money out there today.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar, excellent service

              By Yofish

              from Buxton, ME

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice guitar for the money
              • Quality construction
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

              • Tuners are not great

              Best Uses

                Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

                I'm not a luthier but I am a woodworker, and a beginning guitarist. I wanted a nice guitar that has a fairly wide nut of nice quality that was affordable. And that is what I received. The R0S-06 is quite well made and beautiful in its simplicity. I think it sounds great, is comfortable to play. It came perfectly set up, 3/64ths inch at 12 fret with no buzzing. The only issue is two of the tuning machines are hard to turn, I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that, but they aren't too difficult to use so I'll leave that for now as is. For under $300 this is a great deal for a solid top, well built, nice sounding, classic looking guitar. Customer service was top notch as well, I had an ordering snafu, that was both our doing and they were awesome in helping me to deal with it.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Cheap fun

                By Richard Lavine

                from Oregon

                Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

                The sound is pretty good, I tried bronze strings from sets with .052", .05, and .047 low strings and the guitar seemed to favor the .05 to the .011 set the best, the .052-.012 set seemed too overmodulate the guitar while just feeling way too stiff, the .047 sets sound good as soon as the new-stiff wears off the strings but they die way too soon after, but the .05-.011 set seemed the best and sounded good (just a generic GHS bronze set). The .01 high e sets make the guitar sound a bit twinky in the highs, the .011's seem to fix that. I haven't tried a set with a .012 e yet but I suspect that would be too much tension for my right hand fingerpicking, again it's a feel thing.

                I've also started flatpicking this guitar and given a light touch on the pick it sounds very good, and the bass runs come through well even given the light strings, you can get a Norman Blake vibe going pretty easy and the fast up and down twiddles in the middle of the open chords stand out without much work.
                A cheap 1 13/16" steel string that fits on my lap like my classicals, what more does it need!
                I did intonate the saddle as the b string and the a strings were way too short (I had to file the b to the pin end of the saddle to get it close). I did take the action down a bit at the saddle but not much. The sound is good for the price much better than any other competive price point guitar. Fit and finish not bad, the top is nice spruce, with no sharp edges to cut you. I did manage to stick the high e string under the lower edge of the 2nd fret a few times, so I filed down the end of the fret at that spot (hard to believe I could do that while playing the guitar but that fixed the problem). In sort other than the intonation this is the sort of thing I've had to tinker with on most of the guitars I've owned.

                As others have said the tuners stink, but if you tune up to pitch from a lower pitch they become functional.
                Best cheapest guitar I've ever owned, and fun to play.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Hobbyist

                By Kris French

                from T town

                Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

                Ok, I bought this as what I thought was going to be a fixer upper? I did some tweaking to the saddle and nut new strings Martin sp lights. 47-11. This guitar is highly underrated. Recording king is off the hook in tone feel punch!! Even with a slide it out performs most high dollar guitars and I've owned and do own a few. My dads 13 year old j150 is as close to this little boomer as I've ever played. Do yourself a favor and buy one!!! The golden gate case is scary snug but what a value! My ros-06 was Level 4??? I haven't found a single thing wrong yet and no it's not for sale:-)
                This has truly suprised me
                The build is incredible

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Value

                By Rocket

                from Eastern KS

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                Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

                I highly recomend this as a fun little travel guitar; however, I would not recommend it as a starter guitar. The neck is a little too chunky for a beginner that is learning chords, but it's that same width that makes it easier to finger pick. I'm sure Recording King has a similar guitar with a slimmer/narrower neck that would be better suited for a beginner. In saying all of that, the smaller body size of this guitar sure makes it easier to hold and strum. It's a good looking instrument that would rival those costing 3 times as much.
                This is a simple little guitar that with a little bit of work becomes very playable. I did a lot of internet research before purchase, and read that a lot of new owners were replacing tuners, nut and bridge. I have no idea why! I did a little basic work to the truss rod and bridge, and it is very playable and stays in tune just fine.
                I was very impressed with the workmanship. It seems that these lower priced imported guitars have really improved over the last 10 to 20 years.
                Incredible value. I'm not even going to pretend that it sounds like a high end Martin, but for a fun guitar that is nearly 1/10 the price, it is an exceptional value.

                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This guitar is unbelieveable. Sound baby.

                By SixString-scPG4

                from Texas

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                Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

                I was reading reviews on this guitar and decsided to buy one. I will tell you straight out this guitar kicks ass. I was blown away at the sound of it. This is a parlor body 12 fret solid top. My buddy bought a dreadnought version and it too was a cannon. Amazing stuff for the price!

                 
                5.0

                Great Deal

                By Shady

                from California

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                Pros

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

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                    Comments about Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

                    This is a lot of guitar for the money. Very solid.

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