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Recording King Torrefied Series RD-T16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  Natural 

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Torrefaction is a specialized heating process used on Recording King Adirondack (Red) spruce tops in which the wood is heated at a low temperature in...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 02-16-2017

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Lightweight but sturdy dreadnought specially made to give you vintage tone.

Torrefaction is a specialized heating process used on Recording King Adirondack (Red) spruce tops in which the wood is heated at a low temperature in an oxygen-free environment. The curing process reduces impurities in the wood and results in weight reduction and increased stiffness, producing a similar chemical transformation as wood that has been dried for decades. The end result is a lightweight, extra resonant top that produces similar tone to a vintage instrument that's been loved and played for years.

The RD-T16 has a solid torrefied Adirondack spruce top that provides the foundation for Recording King's Torrefied Series Dreadnought. The tone of the torrefied top is impressive, and when paired with the mahogany back and sides results in guitars with extra punch, projection and warm, vintage-style tone everywhere on the fretboard.

Whether you're a singer-songwriter or fingerpicker, the Recording King Torrefied Series guitars are an excellent way to achieve rich, old school tone in a modern instrument.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body type:Dreadnought
  • Cutaway:Non-cutaway
  • Top wood:Torrefied Red Adirondack Spruce
  • Back & sides:Mahogany
  • Bracing pattern:Forward X
  • Body finish:Gloss 
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:C
  • Nut width:1.69" (43mm)
  • Fingerboard:Rosewood
  • Neck wood:Mahogany
  • Scale length:25.4"
  • Number of frets:20
  • Neck finish:Satin
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:No
  • Brand:Not applicable
  • Configuration:Not applicable
  • Preamp EQ:No
  • Feedback filter:No
  • Tuner:No
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:Rosewood
  • Tuning machines:GroverButterbean, 18:1
  • Bridge:Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut:Bone
  • Number of strings:6-string
  • Special features:Tonewood torrefication 
  • Case:Sold separately
  • Accessories:None

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Recording KingTorrefied Series RD-T16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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1.0

Bad quality control Recording King

By James

from Texas

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about Recording King Torrefied Series RD-T16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I will start off with good. The guitar is a very beautiful looking instrument. The finish is nice. Now the bad. The quality control of Recording King is not good. Two of the slots on the bone nut where over cut from the factory. This instrument should have never left that way. The low E (6th) and B (2nd) strings would buzz against the first fret on an open E chord. It was not a neck relief problem. One other thing I noticed was the low saddle height from the factory. The guitar played comfortably and had no other string buzzes anywhere else. For saddle to be that low from the factory means the neck angle is too high. That means this guitar will need a neck reset quicker than most. These things Recording King factory should address right away.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sounds like a much more expensive guitar! Great value.

      By Jason R.

      from Louisville KY

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Recording King Torrefied Series RD-T16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        Great value! Sounds and plays like a $2000 guitar.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        not the best of the chinese built guitars

        By TH

        from MI

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Recording King Torrefied Series RD-T16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        I've owned many many guitars from almost free to more than a late model car. I work on them and judge them without prejudice to brand or price tag. Some of my favorite of my 3 or so dozen guitars were quite modest in price, less than this one. This came, had flaws in the top finished over, the finish telegraphs cheap mass production, rather thick. The sides are laminate, they don't want you to know that. To confirm your suspicion, you ain't getting the top they show you in the pic of the retail description here. you get a bottom of the barrell baked red spruce top. Like I said mine had things that were flaws in the wood that almost looked like a crack and some stain spots polyurethaned into the guitar forever. The tone, not bad, not great. Lacked character but was pretty open sounding, it just didn't have any identity or anything that grabbed you and made you really look forward to playing it again. When it came the neck was severely back bowed. Took a while after adjusting the truss for the neck to come forward slightly and give it some relief. a slight amount was all it would do with the truss rod nut not even snugged up. Even with that condition, it had a very low saddle, so I'd say it was a future neck reset candidate, but played fine in the immediate term. Obviously I'm alway willing to make room for one more if it has a certain charm about it, by the number of instruments I conceded previously, this one I had no use for. the comparison some had to finer and more expensive guitars, I did not see, not at all. I'd rather have a really nice sitka top on a guitar with a definable tone and character than the lowest grade on the one I was sent. definitely cured the curiosity for these "affordable torrefied Adirondack recording kings that compete with $2000 guitars" this one lost to my little Yamaha FS 800 1/3 the cost not even contest. Again, not a terrible guitar, nothing at all to get excited about.

         
        5.0

        Definitely would do this deal again!

        By James

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Recording King Torrefied Series RD-T16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        This is a great sounding and beautiful guitar! Never mind what a great deal I got on it,it's right up there or better than many D18's I've played! Throw in free shipping and it was one heck of a buy! A keeper,for sure.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sound-great value!

        By Ronnie

        from Harrison, TN

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Looks & sounds like a vintage guitar
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • I'd be proud to play this guitar ANYWHERE.

          Comments about Recording King Torrefied Series RD-T16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

          This guitar's sound is comparable to guitars costing 4 to 6 times what it costs. The torrefied top is a beautiful golden color and the set up and finish are flawless. The sound is comparable to a lot of old Martins. If you are hung up on names, buy you a Martin. If you want a good sounding guitar for a reasonable price, you'd be hard pressed to find one that sounds like this for this amount of money. I recently built a dreadnought guitar with a torrefied top and this one is really close to it in sound.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A Remarkable Instrument At This Pricepoint

          By SMH

          from Troy, Michigan

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Recording King Torrefied Series RD-T16 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            You will be hard pressed to find the appointments offered by this guitar and this price point anywhere else. I have done two recording sessions with this guitar since purchase. In each case, the guitar was captured by a Neumann U87 and processed through a UA Solo 610...the sound is very vintage to say the least....reminiscent of Neil Young Harvest. The tone of the guitar is rich and complex with balanced highs and mids. Very impressive. Now, this guitar does not play like an old Gibson or Martin....mine required a setup upon arrival and still some parts of the neck require a bit more effort than others. And while I am sure a full setup service would clear everything up, honestly I am quite content with where it is.....an above average player with a $1500 tone. Very pleased to have it in the arsenal.

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