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

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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 intima...Read More

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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
 
4.2

(based on 21 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Can't be beat for great value!

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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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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    5.0

    Wow!

    By Freddy-jXzod

    from Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    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!

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      4.0

      Surprisingly good

      By SenseDoor

      from Madison, WI

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This is a surprisingly good guitar. I got it used for half the cost of new, however I wouldn't hesitate to pay full price for it. Based on some of the other reviews posted here, the quality of the manufacture is not consistent. The one that I got is great in every way - good intonation and solid all around. The sound is decent, at least for finger picking without picks, which is all I'm using it for. It actually looks quite nice too. A very inexpensive way to get into a vintage 000 style guitar with wide spacing at the bridge and nut. I've been buying and selling guitars for 44 years, and I have to say I've never gotten a guitar I like so much for so little. Again, you may want to be prepared to return it if you get one of the dogs.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By Ncguy

          from NC

          About Me Experienced

          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!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Many flaws but still an excellent value

            By Danalog

            from Nashville

            About Me Experienced

            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.

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            5.0

            Love this guitar!

            By tjc

            from Undisclosed

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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.

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                3.0

                Nice Fingerpicker

                By Timeky

                from Fernandina Beach, FL

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Tone

                Best Uses

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

                  Nice looking guitar, great feel for fingerpicking, bright sounding, but, subjective to say, I found the tone a little lacking as compared to the ROS-616....but overall a very nice guitar....

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                  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.

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                    (2 of 2 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.

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                    (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

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Cheap fun

                    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.

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