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Acoustic Bulletin - Summer 2014

Torrefaction, BlueGrass Machine, Whiskey Shivers & USA Custom Shop Banjos

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Acoustic Bulletin - Spring 2014

Perfect 10 Sweepstakes, The Farewell Drifters, Garageband & Beyond

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Acoustic Bulletin - Winter 2014

Starlight Series Banjos, 10 Series All-Solid Guitars, Justin Townes Earle, RKT-05 Tenor Banjo & The Recording King USA Banjo Custom Shop

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Acoustic Bulletin - Fall 2013

RD-10 Sweepstakes, Will Kimbrough, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, The Dirty Thirties Resonato Banjo Video, and the Pick Pack Hashtag Giveaway

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The RJJ-116 Jumbo Body Delivers Extraordinary Volume And Projection

HAYWARD, CA— At Recording King we've dedicated ourselves to creating historically- based models of the world's most iconic guitar bodies. With the new RJJ-116 solid top jumbo body with 16” lower bout, we present a guitar with great volume and projection that can withstand a strong rhythmic attack from players. Popularized at the beginning of Rock and Roll, the classic jumbo body shape still enjoys notoriety today.

The RJJ-116 is assembled with a solid AA grade Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The 24.75” scale and 1-11/16” nut gives players ample room for chording or fingerstyle, while delivering powerful volume. Our contemporary C-profile neck strikes the perfect balance between a vintage and modern shape, great for electric players or acoustic players. The vintage-style Grover tuners keep the RJJ-116 in tune under hard strumming. Combine those components with the classic Jumbo-style body, and you have a time-honored guitar with some serious projection.

The New Recording King USA Gold Elite - Hand-Assembled In The USA And Finished With Gold-Plated Hardware

HAYWARD, CA—We hand-fit the USA Gold Elite in our workshop in Hayward, CA. Based on the platform of our best-selling Elite banjo, the USA Gold Elite offers players vintage sound and handcrafted construction in a professional-level US-assembled instrument.

Top-shelf components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring, true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim, gold-plated hardware and a nitrocellulose lacquer finish put this banjo in a category by itself. With classic design features like the vintage-style double-cut Recording King peghead and custom Flying Eagle-style inlay, the Recording King USA Gold Elite delivers vintage sound and handcrafted construction.

Introducing the Dirty Thirties Series...

HAYWARD, CA - He'd been riding the rails for the last few nights, the trees and farmhouse lights gliding by the open boxcar. A bull tried to catch him at the last train yard, but he made it on board, guitar and all. The train slowed, grinding to a stop right after the next encampment. He hopped off the boxcar and slung the guitar high on his back. Approaching the fire he could hear the tired and happy voices - enough stew for everyone and the singing was just picking up steam. He tuned the guitar and added 6 strings and a voice to the choir. The weariness drifted out of his bones and a warm happiness set in...and just for a moment the world was perfect.

It's from this tradition that our Dirty Thirties guitars are born - meant to sound great wherever the road takes you. With a solid top and old-style matte sunburst finish, these instruments meet at the perfect crossroads of classic sound, vintage style and exceptional value. Like the original Montgomery Ward mail order guitars in the first half of the century, the Dirty Thirties Series are the perfect companion for singer-songwriters, folk stylists or traveling troubadours.

Available in three historic shapes, the Dirty Thirties Dreadnought, OOO and Single O all start with a solid Spruce top and rosewood fretboard, with bone nut and saddle. We've finished each guitar with classic extra-large fretboard dots, aged ivoroid body binding, satin sunburst finish, vintage-inspired tuning keys and historic Recording King headstock.

Dirty Thirties guitars pack excellent playability and historic vibe into an ultra-affordable package that makes vintage style accessible to even the most budget-conscious players.

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Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Review of the RD-316 Adirondack Top Dreadnought

"Its features include prewar-style construction, nitrocellulose finish, and bone nut and saddle. Most notable, considering the guitar’s price, are the solid mahogany back and sides and solid Adirondack spruce stop. Adirondack is the stiffest variety of spruce available, and it responds well to aggressive playing, a plus for bluegrass dreadnoughts that need to punch through the mix."

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Recording King's RJJ-116 Jumbo Body Delivers Extraordinary Volume and Projection

HAYWARD, CA - At Recording King we've dedicated ourselves to creating affordable, historically-based models of the world's most iconic guitar bodies. With the new RJJ-116 solid top jumbo body with 16" lower bout, we present a guitar with great volume and projection that can withstand a strong rhythmic attack from players. Popularized at the beginning of Rock and Roll, the classic jumbo body shape still enjoys notoriety today.

The RJJ-116 is assembled with a solid AA grade Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The 24.75" scale and 1-11/16" nut gives players ample room for chording or fingerstyle, while delivering powerful volume. Our contemporary C-profile neck strikes the perfect balance between a vintage and modern shape, great for electric players or acoustic players. The vintage-style Grover tuners keep the RJJ-116 in tune under hard strumming. Combine those components with the classic Jumbo-style body, and you have a vintage-style singer/songwriter guitar with some serious projection.

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Recording King's RO-310: All Solid OOO With an Adirondack Top For $499 Street!

HAYWARD, CA - Introducing Recording King's all-solid RO-310 OOO with Adirondack top - designed for players who want the increased volume and projection of an Adirondack top combined with the intimacy and evenness of a OOO.

Adirondack Spruce (or Red Spruce) has been a prized choice for guitar tops since the 1920's, and players are falling in love with it all over again. It's considered more resonant than Sitka and has a unique wide-grain pattern that makes Adirondack guitar tops aesthetically unique. The RO-310 delivers everything great about Adirondack, with an all-solid OOO body at an affordable $499 street price.

Players who need to cut through the mix will love the extra volume and projection of the Adirondack top, paired with a solid mahogany back and sides for traditional OOO warmth. With a thin "C"profile mahogany neck and 1-3/4" nut width, guitarists will find the RO-310 to be extremely comfortable for fingerpicking or strumming, and the bone nut and saddle and deluxe Grover Rotomatic tuners keep it in perfect tune after hours of playing

The RO-310 has a street price of $499.99 and comes with Recording King's industry-leading lifetime warranty.

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Acoustic Guitar Summer NAMM 2011 - Recording King RD-316 Adirondack Top



Travis Atz discusses Recording King's new RD-316 dreadnought guitar and The Loar's new LH-309 archtop model at the 2011 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Recording King Updates Madison Line With 2 New Banjos

HAYWARD, CA - Recording King adds two new banjos to the best-selling Madison line - the RK-R36 tone ring banjo with mahogany resonator and neck, and the RK-OT25, an open back with a scooped fretboard.

The Recording King Madison line is for every banjo player looking for a high-quality, great-sounding instrument that's still affordable. Players all over the world have been impressed with the Madison's combination of great tone and value. The all new RK-R36 is built with a Mastertone-style bell brass cast tone ring and one-piece flange just like our best-selling RK-R35, but with a select mahogany resonator and neck. The 24-hook brass tension hoop allows the head to be adjusted to the perfect tension, and the nickel-plated hardware matches vintage Mastertone-style specs at a fraction of the price.

The all-new RK-OT25 is an old-time picking machine, with a steam-bent maple rim, 24-bracket tension hoop, and dual coordinator rods for adjustability. We've built this banjo specifically for old-time players, with features like our scooped fretboard and old-style Remo FiberSkyn head.

Our Madison banjos come with Recording King's industry-leading lifetime warranty.

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Musicradar Reviews The Recording King RO-127

"It should be obvious that the Recording King RO-127 has blown us away. The wow factor of the spec sheet has been beautifully realised in the finished guitar. The price tag is damn attractive, too."

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Recording King Introduces the RP-06, 0-Style Body



Recording King introduces the RP-06, the world's most high-value 0-style guitar.

From the same series and built with the same appointments as the best-selling RD-06, the RP-06 sports a solid Sitka spruce top with mahogany back and sides. The 12-fret neck joint and corresponding bridge positioning give the RP-06 the warm, mellow, full-bodied tone guitarists look for in a classic 12-fret model. With a 1-3/4" nut, the RP-06 is comfortable for either fingerpicking or strumming. The vintage-style 0-style body is great for travel, stage or couch, and thanks to the 25.4" scale, still has the same volume and projection as a full size instrument.

The simple, unadorned headstock and the tortoise body binding are integral characteristics of Recording King Classic Series guitars, but don't let the minimal ornamentation fool you, the RP-06 is built by the same artisans who craft our popular ROS-626 instruments. No matter your playing style, these guitars have the features to impress both advanced and recreational players and can even fit in an airline compartment. The RP-06 has vintage style that's familiar as an old friend, but won't cramp your style or wallet.

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Vintage Guitar Reviews The 12-Fret Kings: RP1-626-C & RP2-626-C



"The Recording King RP1-626-C and RP2-626-C won't be confused with the Schoenberg guitars built in recent years by makers like Dana Bourgeois and Bruce Sexauer. But they represent a stellar value. And with their timbers, finish, and distinctive vibe, they can only improve with use by eager guitarists putting in the time to make them as great as John Fahey's rebuilt Ray Whitley Recording King." - Chip Wilson

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Introducing The 327: An Adirondack Top, Nitrocellulose Finished Guitar, Priced Under $1000



Recording King is proud to introduce our all-new 327 with an Adirondack spruce top, nitrocellulose lacquer finish and exquisite M.O.P and abalone inlay. It’s the perfect choice for players who want a guitar made from some of the best materials available, but priced for everyone.

The Recording King 327 is available in either dreadnought (RD) or 000-style (RO) body shapes. The top is made from solid AAA Adirondack spruce. Adirondack has been a prized choice for guitar tops since the 1920’s. It is generally considered to be more resonant that Sitka spruce and it also has a unique wide-grain pattern that makes Adirondack guitars aesthetically unique. For many years, Adirondack spruce was rare or unavailable; even now, guitars with Adirondack spruce tops are among the most expensive and sought-after models.

The back and sides of both the RD- and RO-327 are made from solid East Indian Rosewood. The 327 has a nut width of 1-3/4” and the one-piece neck is fitted to the body with a hand-cut dovetail joint. The fretboard is made from ebony, as is the bridge. With extensively detailed abalone top purfling, rosette, and torch-style headstock inlay, the 327 looks as beautiful as it sounds. The guitar is finished in a thin coat of nitrocellulose lacquer for resonance and historical accuracy.

From most guitar builders, just one of the 327’s professional features would be enough to ratchet its price over $1000, but Recording King delivers this unbelievable combination of hand-crafted design, aesthetic beauty and unparalleled warmth and projection for a MAP of $974.99. No company can match Recording King’s combination of features and value in historically designed, handcrafted instruments.

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Acoustic Guitar Reviews The Recording King RP2-626-C



"Although it is easy to focus on how impressive this guitar is for the price, the instrument is not a starter guitar. With good sound, good construction, and easy playability, this instrument is suitable for anyone who wants vintage sound and the comfortable size of a 00 at home, onstage, or, as the name implies, in the recording studio."

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Introducing The The All-New Madison RK-R35 Banjo



Recording King continues to bring professional-quality banjos to market that offer the best values available. With the addition of the all-new Madison RK-R35, banjo players have an option of a high-quality, great-sounding banjo with a classic Mastertone-style tone ring and flange.

The Recording King Madison RK-R35 is built around a 3-ply steam bent maple rim, from the exact same construction and materials used in the best-selling RK-R80. It has a maple neck with an adjustable two-way truss rod and a comfortable rosewood fretboard. With a 24-hook brass tension hoop, players can adjust the head tension as precisely as on any world-class banjo. The planetary tuners, geared 5th peg and dual coordinator rods are effective professional components, and add an authentic feel to these impressive banjos.

The Madison RK-R35 has a maple resonator with a hand-rubbed brown matte finish. It is assembled with a Mastertone-style bell brass cast tone ring and a Mastertone-style one-piece flange. The Madison peghead and fretboard feature our Seagull inlay, for a banjo that looks as classic as it sounds.

The American threaded nickel-plated hook and nut hardware, as well as the true presto-style tailpiece and armrest are the same as featured on the popular RK-Scout. Like the other Madison banjos, the Madison Deluxe comes standard with an authentic Remo head.

More information and specs on the RP-06

Premier Guitar: Recording King RD-327 Review



"The RD-327 offers vintage styling and all solid wood for under $1000"

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