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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(8 of 10 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.

(4 of 4 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!

    (4 of 5 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.

    (3 of 3 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 4 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 2 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.

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