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Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret OO Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway 

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The Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret OO Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway was developed in collaboration with guitarist and historian Eric Schoenberg....Click To Read More About This Product

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An OO size guitar with superior sound quality and excellence in construction.

The Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret OO Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway was developed in collaboration with guitarist and historian Eric Schoenberg. This guitar (model RP2-626-C) offers players the even frequency response, clarity and wider neck traditional to a classic parlor style, but the unique addition of a cutaway gives fingerstyle guitarists easier access to the upper frets.

The one-piece mahogany neck with a classic v-profile meets the body at the 12-fret with a hand cut dovetail joint, giving these guitars a true small body sound, warm and rich, but perfectly balanced. The solid AAA Engelmann spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides have been carefully selected and hand-assembled.

With a 1-3/4" nut width, Grover tuners, ebony fretboard and ebony pyramid bridge, the OO guitars are as well-appointed and unique as they are beautiful. Each guitar is sprayed with a thin coat of nitrocellulose lacquer and then hand-buffed for a finish that is extremely resonant and historically accurate. The RP2-626-C model has Recording King's lifetime warranty.

The size of guitars in this Studio Series are designated by the number of "O"s in their name. Starting with a single "O" for the smallest size and increasing to "OOO" for the largest.

More about the collaboration:
Eric Schoenberg's influence on guitar marries traditional fingerstyle playing to classic ragtime and walking basslines. His Fingerpicking Beatles book is considered an essential text for modern fingerstyle players (see our sku# 904086). Mr. Schoenberg prefers the 12-fret cutaway because he believes the 12-fret neck joint gives the guitars a gutsier voice, yet the cutaway is not so deep that it takes away from the sound. As Schoenberg describes it, the Recording King O and OO guitars offer the best of both a 12-fret and a 14-fret neck joint, thanks to the cutaway.

Recording King Studio guitars illustrate the relentless pursuit of classic tone. No element has been overlooked in assembling one of the best sounding 12-Fret guitars available.

Each guitar is built with lighter bracing for more resonance, and the ebony pyramid bridge helps enable greater vibration from the hand-selected tops.

The Nitrocellulose lacquer finish is dried for 8 weeks in order to insure that the lacquer is properly bonded to the wood. Both the gloss and matte finishes allow the guitars to sing powerfully and clearly.

Recording King has built the ultimate in small-body guitars for the discerning player who is looking for supreme sound quality and excellence in construction. Case sold separately.

  • Model: RP2-626-C
  • Body Shape: OO (RP2)
  • Top Material: Solid AAA Englemann Spruce
  • Back Material: Solid African Mahogany
  • Side Material: Solid African Mahogany
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Fully Scalloped X-Bracing
  • Top Braces: Scalloped Spruce
  • Neck Material: 1 Piece Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Schoenberg "V"
  • Neck Joint: Hand-Cut Dovetail
  • Fretboard Material: Ebony
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • # Of Frets Clear: 12
  • # Of Frets Total: 20
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4"
  • Headstock Type: Recording King Special Logo
  • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
  • Tuning Machines: Grover Butterbean
  • Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid
  • Rosette: 3-Ring
  • Top Purfling: 5-Ply B/W/B/W/B
  • Fretboard Inlays: Diamond And Square, Pattern 1
  • Bridge Material: Ebony
  • Bridge Shape: Pyramid Style
  • Saddle: Bone Bridge
  • Pins & Endpin: Black with Abalone Dot
  • Finish: Hand-Buffed Nitrocellulose
  • Case sold separately

Feel and hear the magic of this traditional guitar. Order today.


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Recording KingStudio Series 12 Fret OO Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway

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Disappointing quality for the price

By K9Blues

from South Pasadena, CA

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  • Rich Sound


  • Poor Construction

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  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret OO Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway:

The sound was lively and distinct right out of the box both finger picking and strumming. The body size was comfortable and the V-shaped neck smooth and maneuverable. But closer examination revealed flaws in the finish (excess amount and bubbling at the neck joint; what appeared to be file marks on the end of the fret board; and a few small nicks in the body). The intonation was off a bit. Also, the pieces I purchased a smaller guitar to work on require access to the higher frets. The 12-fret was challenging to get past the 15th fret with the required fingering.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Recording King RP2-626

By Lar

from Orange County/ Los Angeles

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


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      Comments about Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret OO Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway:

      I have one of these I use for travelling. The small size is great and the 12 fret OO with cutaway is not made by too many other folk. I added the LR Baggs Anthem pickup, lowered the action and it plays sounds great. This guitar is comparable to a Taylor 312ce or Martin GPC4 for sound quality, and sounds more like a Martin though has its own warm tone. Best use is when playing or practicing on your own, because it does not have the volume to match larger guitars.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      value and quality

      By Patrick Alger

      from Nashville

      Comments about Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret OO Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway:

      Worth it for amateurs and pros alike.
      For the money this is a very high quality instrument - well-built and designed. It has reasonable action and above average sound. Regardless of the price it is still a very good guitar. All of these guitars would benefit from a professional set-up to dress the frets and adjust the truss rod, but they arrive in playable conditon and put out a lot of volume for essentially a parlor sized instrument. This is my second Recording King instrument and they are a lot of bang for the buck.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      I love this guitar

      By TheUnsMan

      from South Carolina

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      Comments about Recording King Studio Series 12 Fret OO Acoustic Guitar with Cutaway:

      I have had many guitars, alvarez yairi, blueberry, yamaha, takamine, gibson, and many more. This guitar has everything I wanted for a very low price. The tone is incredible 12-fret is the way to go for fingerstlye. the soft v is very comfortable playing i'll be doing fingerstyle videos with this guitar soon on youtube look up chris simmons and check this thing out it's the real deal.

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