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Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar

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The Recording King ROS-16 is a 12th fret OOO-style acoustic guitar crafted from a vintage 1902 design. With a solid AA-grade Sitka spruce top and mah...Click To Read More About This Product

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Sitka spruce top, Mahogany back and sides, herringbone purfling, and grained ivoroid binding give a nod to this guitar's historic heritage.

The Recording King ROS-16 is a 12th fret OOO-style acoustic guitar crafted from a vintage 1902 design. With a solid AA-grade Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, this guitar has the warm intimate sound you would expect from a classic 12th fret. The acoustic guitar's 1-13/16" nut width is a fingerpicker's dream, and professional appointments like the ebony fretboard, ebony pyramid bridge, bone nut and saddle insure this acoustic guitar sounds as great as it looks. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Body shape: 12th fret OOO
  • Top material: solid AA grade Sitka spruce
  • Back material: mahogany
  • Side material: mahogany
  • Top bracing pattern: fully scalloped X-bracing
  • Top braces: scalloped spruce
  • Neck material: 1-piece mahogany
  • Neck profile: vintage "V"
  • Neck joint: hand-cut dovetail
  • Fretboard material: ebony
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Frets: 20 (12 open)
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Nut width: 1-13/16"
  • Headstock type: slotted
  • Headstock overlay: rosewood
  • Tuning machines: Grover butterbean
  • Body binding: grained ivoroid
  • Rosette: 3-ring
  • Top purfling: herringbone
  • Fretboard inlays: diamond and square, pattern 1
  • Bridge material: ebony
  • Bridge shape: pyramid style
  • Saddle: bone
  • Bridge pins & endpin: ivory with black dot
  • Finish: polyurethane, natural glossy
  • Case sold separately
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Recording KingROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Jamming (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impressive

I would rate this as a best buy! Small body with rich tone, and classy looks. Plays beautifully.
When the price of gold shot up I sold my high school ring...Read complete review

I would rate this as a best buy! Small body with rich tone, and classy looks. Plays beautifully.
When the price of gold shot up I sold my high school ring and got an ROS-16. I wanted a small body guitar with slot head and had to be on budget. I've been playing it now for 3 months and I'm very pleased with it. Very high quality solid top and classy herringbone trim...could pass for a Martin. Downside items: longer scale length than I wanted, so it's stiff like a dreadnought, has laminate mahogany body, and poly finish. And none of those downside items matter. Plays like a dream, punchy rich sound, and stunning looks. GREAT butter bean tuners! Thought that the rosewood fretboard matched with ebony bridge might be weird, but looks great, and snowflake position markers classy. Workmanship inside is as clean as any high end guitar I've seen. Truss rod may rattle a bit it you drive it hard. Probably just needs a small tightening or a rubber and shim to quiet down. But fingerpicking folk or blues it is never heard. If you are on a budget this is a great buy. Been playing 30+ years and with high end handmade axes. This little one holds it's own.
Clean workmanship and materials are great.
Guitar building tech has improved so much in the past few decades that low cost can mean high quality.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what it seems

I would not buy this guitar based on my experience with it.
Not really anything special. It looks like the quality of a lower priced guitar.
When I got This guitar,...Read complete review

I would not buy this guitar based on my experience with it.
Not really anything special. It looks like the quality of a lower priced guitar.
When I got This guitar, I thought it was very cheap quality in my opinion. First off, the top is not tinted like the picture. It is a bleached white, poor grade of spruce. The bridge buzzed and vibrated, the neck was HUGE! Maybe true to the vintage that Recording King was trying to copy, but way bigger than a 1951 Tele! The fit and finish were OK at best. Sound was "Ok" but nothing special.
WAY too much money for a guitar of this quality.

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(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive

By OpenDGuitar

from Lynchburg, VA

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Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

I would rate this as a best buy! Small body with rich tone, and classy looks. Plays beautifully.
When the price of gold shot up I sold my high school ring and got an ROS-16. I wanted a small body guitar with slot head and had to be on budget. I've been playing it now for 3 months and I'm very pleased with it. Very high quality solid top and classy herringbone trim...could pass for a Martin. Downside items: longer scale length than I wanted, so it's stiff like a dreadnought, has laminate mahogany body, and poly finish. And none of those downside items matter. Plays like a dream, punchy rich sound, and stunning looks. GREAT butter bean tuners! Thought that the rosewood fretboard matched with ebony bridge might be weird, but looks great, and snowflake position markers classy. Workmanship inside is as clean as any high end guitar I've seen. Truss rod may rattle a bit it you drive it hard. Probably just needs a small tightening or a rubber and shim to quiet down. But fingerpicking folk or blues it is never heard. If you are on a budget this is a great buy. Been playing 30+ years and with high end handmade axes. This little one holds it's own.
Clean workmanship and materials are great.
Guitar building tech has improved so much in the past few decades that low cost can mean high quality.

(6 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not what it seems

By Big Rand

from Traverse City MI

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Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

I would not buy this guitar based on my experience with it.
Not really anything special. It looks like the quality of a lower priced guitar.
When I got This guitar, I thought it was very cheap quality in my opinion. First off, the top is not tinted like the picture. It is a bleached white, poor grade of spruce. The bridge buzzed and vibrated, the neck was HUGE! Maybe true to the vintage that Recording King was trying to copy, but way bigger than a 1951 Tele! The fit and finish were OK at best. Sound was "Ok" but nothing special.
WAY too much money for a guitar of this quality.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent OOO-28VS Alternative

By BluezNotez

from Quad Cities USA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

    Really love this guitar. Nut cut perfectly. Intonation is very good. Nice sustain. Stays in tune perfectly with the factory tuners - key is to lock strings on post as with a non-slotted guitar - I also took a Q-tip with a little 3-in-1 oil and worked them with my string winder on initial string change. Very nice straight neck with nice fret work. Only change out of the box was a slight truss rod adjustment - very nice low action. Love the neck profile - as with any guitar is a player preference - I like having the room for fingering intricate passages. I've had many high end acoustics and electrics and this is right on par and is setup better out of the box than the 2 new, very expensive Martins I own. Any imperfections, which are very minimal, I feel, give the guitar a personality and more of a hand made quality. This guitars dimensional specs are identical to a OOO-28VS. After playing acoustics for 40 years and this specific acoustic for about 3 months I can honestly say I really love my ROS-16.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Quality Control Needs Some Work

    By hooked012

    from Vancouver B.C.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Poor Construction
    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

    I am a player with 20 years experiance and have had many guitars over that time. Currently own a Yamaha LS16, Simon& Patrick Showcase Rosewood,Martin D-28 and a few others. Bought this mainly for Ragtime Guitar. Very good sound for the money. Some players might have a problem with the v-neck and 1-13/16's nut spacing. Quality Control needs work. Terrible looking rosewood fingerboard and poor inlay work. Glue is visable where the fingerboard joins the soundhole. Dust specks in the finish. Have heard that some have a problem with bridges lifting. Mine seems fine. For me the main thing is the sound. Over the years I have played very few guitars that sounded better for the money.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Recroding King ROS - 16

    By Alan Morgan

    from USA

    Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

    Sound's good and looks very pretty from any angle. The overall combination of the slotted head, OOO body, wider fretboard and attractive appointments give this guitar a classy "retro" look and feel.
    I really like the 1 13/16" fretboard for finger style playing. I also own a guitar with 1 3/4" (a little too narrow) and one with 1 7/8" (almost too wide). In the immortal words of Goldy Locks, "this one's just right!"

    "V" neck is more comfortable than I thought it would be. It's actually a very subtle "V" that still allows for quick movement up and down the fretboard.

    12 frets to the body (i/o 14) makes for less tension on the strings and lighter action overall.

    The spruce top tends to bring out the highs and lows while the mahogany laminate back and sides tend to bring out the mids - a great combination!
    Seems to be built well. Body binding looks great. Finish has a deep shine! Nice looking woods all around. Open tuners are very classy looking. Clean work on the slotted head.

    I played some China guitars from the 90's that were very bad and I must say that Chinese made guitars have come a long way!!!!!

    The finish is a bit thick where the neck/fretboard attach to the top. There's a small piece of cloth (looks like cheese cloth) glued to the top bracing that is visible through the sound hole.
    Similar guitars from other manufacturers are thousands more. (Laminated mahogany back and sides bring the price way down for this instrument.)

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent Value

    By Mandomat

    from Pennsylvania

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

      I was looking for an inexpensive guitar that I could knock around with but that played well and sounds nice. The ROS-16 fits the bill perfectly. To be sure, in spite of all the five star reviews, it isn't really a five star guitar. It is a somewhat above average solid wood top and laminate sides and back guitar that plays well out of the box, and has very pleasant sound. The width of the nut makes it especially good for finger style playing; flat packers will probably find it a bit wide. It is an EXCELLENT value, however, compared to others in the price range. I am very satisfied.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice guitar except poor qualiy tuners

      By The Hudman

      from Virginia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Rich Sound
      • Strong Bass Good Volume

      Cons

      • Tuning Machines No Good

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

      I love the guitar for finger style playing. The tuning machines are copies of the classic butterbean tuners but they slip and have a lot of slop in them. I replaced the tuners with Grover butterbean tuners for slotted head guitars and they are fantastic. Now the instrument is very enjoyable to own.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice at any price

      By Jeff-R96qd

      from Graham, NC

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

        Very impressed with this guitar right out of the box. My kind of action,low with no buzz.
        My first non dread guitar. It's very comfortable to play. I like the wide neck and the V shape.
        Very nice sustain and punch at the same time.
        Great fit and finish, herringbone looks nice and the diamond cut at the base of the headstock looks
        like a Martin.
        If you've been thinking about a 000, get this you will not be disappointed.

        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Impressed

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

        I just got this thing yesterday. I let it set overnight to warm up(I'm in the cold northeast). I tuned it this morning played it for a few, and put it away. I got it out again late this afternoon, and its still in tune, so it seems pretty stable.It sounds great, set up was great out of the box, lots of volume. I'm very impressed.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great For Singers or Finger Style

        By TYTHETY

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Easy to play
        • Good Feel
        • Huge Value
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune
        • Sweet Volume

        Cons

        • Might Need Setup

        Best Uses

        • Finger Style
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Songwriters
        • Vocalists

        Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

        I'll try and keep this short. If it's not feeling right give it some time… they are very well made.

        My friend set mine up in less than 10 minutes, which I highly recommend, and it's playing easy and staying in tunes. It has a dual action truss rod, which is easy to setup once you have watched instructions on YouTube! Don't turn more than ½ turn in either direction. Unless your climate is exactly what it was in China when they boxed it up, you probably need to do it.

        It's made with high grade woods and wood takes time to acclimate to different environments. I had an electric that took several days before it was fully settled in.

        The sweet tone is very easy to sing over vs a typical dreadnought or even an OM. This makes it my number 1 couch guitar. For an equal quality guitar it would cost 2 to 3 times more if made in USA.

         
        5.0

        very good guitar, well made, sounds great

        By will-go

        from Portland. OR

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

            This guitar is a high quality bargain, but know that you are getting --> a moderately big V neck (love it), sloped shoulder, slotted head stock, 12 fret, long scale, wide nut (1 13/16"), and wide string spacing. Tone, build, and playability are top notch. Highly recommended.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Another ROS 16

            By Tux Ritter

            from BAltimore

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Recording King ROS-16 Century Series 12th Fret OOO Solid-Top Acoustic Guitar:

              I had bought one of these a few years ago. But at that time I had a Martin 00028SV. Why have two. So I ended up with none. Got to missing a slotted head 12 fret blues machine. So I asked GC to get me one. Had the guitar tech set it up and put some new strings on it. He did a great job.
              Took it home and looked it over. Good workmanship. you probably could not tell the difference between this and a Martin. not from the front row anyway. The tone was right where I expected. It stays in tune. Easy as butter to play. I have 6 high price guitars but I see myself developing a whole set around this guitar.

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