THE NEW RECORDING KING SCHOENBERG O AND OO GUITARS
Recording King is excited to announce the result of our collaboration with the respected guitarist and historian Eric Schoenberg. The two new models will be a classic single 0 parlor size cutaway, and a 00-size with a cutaway body. The Recording King parlor guitars (RP1/RP2-626) offer 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.
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. 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 parlor guitars offer the best of both a 12-fret and a 14-fret neck joint, thanks to the cutaway. Schoenberg explains his decision to work with Recording King on these guitars in this way: “When the (Recording King) ROS-626 model came out, I saw it and said, the quality is excellent, the style is great; a collaboration on something similar is just what I’ve been looking for.”
On both the RP1-626 and RP2-626, 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 parlor 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, these parlor 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 RP1-626 and RP2-626 models have Recording King's industry-leading lifetime warranty.
THE NEW RECORDING KING RK-ELITE IN A CLASS BY ITSELF
Recording King is proud to introduce our most traditional Pre-war style banjo ever. Modeled after the original Mastertone banjos of the 1930’s the all-new Recording King RK-Elite offers players vintage sound and handcrafted construction.
Professional components like a classic Mastertone-style tone ring, true steam-bent 3-ply maple rim and 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 peghead and fretboard inlay, this banjo proudly carries Recording King’s 75-year history into the present.
Featuring a one-piece mahogany resonator and a one-piece slim profile mahogany neck and Mastertone-style tone ring, the RK-Elite is a professional-level banjo with craftsmanship and features that usually command hundreds of dollars more on competing banjos.
The RK-Elite comes with a Recording King vintage hardshell case and has Recording King’s limited lifetime warranty.
GUITAR WORLD PRESENTS THE 25 COOLEST NEW GEAR PRODUCTS FOR 2009
"The new Recording King Century Studio Series illustrates the best that these instruments have to offer. Featuring solid Sitka spruce tops and one-piece mahogany necks with a vintage V profile and slotted headstock, Studio Series acoustics are built with lighter bracing, for more resonance, and an ebony pyramid bridge that provides greater vibration from the hand-selected tops..."
You can read the article here at Guitar World.
RECORDING KING ANNOUNCES THE ROS-06 12-Fret OOO-STYLE GUITAR
Recording King has made the classic 12-Fret 000-style body shape affordable for players of every level with the new ROS-06. The historic Golden Age design of the 12-Fret 000-style ROS-06 marries the specifications of the best-selling RD-06 to the Recording King Century Studio Series body.
With a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, the ROS-06 gives players the rich deep sound guitar players have come to expect from Recording King. The 12-Fret neck joint creates a more even and subdued sound than most dreadnoughts, perfect for solo fingerstyle playing.
Crafted with a rosewood fretboard, bone nut and saddle, and tortoise shell body binding, the ROS-06 offers players professional features and a vintage look on a great sounding guitar. A budget-conscious fingerpicker’s dream instrument, with a 1-13/16” nut width and classic 25.4” scale length, the ROS-06 offers guitarists something unique at a price within reach.
12-Fret 000-style bodies have garnered significant attention over the past couple of years as collector’s instruments, but few companies offer such a powerful combination of premium sound and affordability.
The ROS-06 will be available in fall 2009. It is covered by Recording King’s lifetime warranty.
RECORDING KING INTRODUCES THE MADISON BANJOS
Recording King introduces two all new banjo models for players looking to upgrade to a semi-professional model.
The Recording King RK-R25 resonator and RK-O25 open-back offer avid players professional quality appointments at an entry-level price. Both banjos are built around a true 3-ply steam bent maple rim, from the exact same construction and materials used in the best-selling RK-R80. They have maple necks with adjustable truss rods and rosewood fretboards. Their 24 brackets and notched hoops enable players to adjust the head tension as precisely as could be done on any world-class banjo. The planetary tuners, geared 5th peg and dual coordinator rods are not only effective, but they add an authentic feel to these impressive banjos.
The American threaded nickel-plated hook and nut hardware, as well as the true presto-style tailpiece and armrest (R25 only) are the same as featured on the popular RK-Scout. Both banjos come standard with authentic Remo heads.
The Resonator model (RK-R25-BR) has a maple resonator with a hand-rubbed brown matte finish. It comes with a tube-and-plate flange for the distinctive sound that only tube-and-plate can provide. With a fan peghead and fretboard inlay, this banjo looks as great as it sounds.
The Open-Back model (RK-O25-BR) has a classic dot inlay on the fretboard and is perfect for comfortable old time playing.
NEW RECORDING KING TROUBADOUR EXTRA DEEP SMALL-BODY ACOUSTIC
Recording King proudly introduces the Troubadour, a classic, extra-deep small-body acoustic guitar for guitar players who play fingerstyle blues, country blues, or classic ragtime.
The newest model in the Recording King Century Jubilee Series, the Troubadour guitar is built with the same care and attention to detail as all Recording King instruments. The Troubadour was designed based on the classic Nick Lucas style guitars of the 1920’s. To achieve the legendary Recording King tone, the top is made of solid Sitka spruce and supported with hand-shaped, fully scalloped x-bracing. The all-solid back and sides are made from solid figured maple. The 4 1/2” extra-deep body helps to add significant volume and bass for players looking for full, round tone and projection. The “C” profile neck is made from a single piece of solid mahogany with traditionally styled inlay on the rosewood
With a classic 1 11/16” nut width, a historic scale length of 24 3/4” and a bone nut and saddle, the Recording King Troubadour has been carefully assembled to fit vintage specifications down to every last detail.
The Recording King Troubadour will also be available with a Sitka spruce top and laminate mahogany back and sides. Both come with Recording King’s lifetime warranty.
NEW RECORDING KING MODELS, RD-06-M/W, RD-07 AND RD-08: A NEW STANDARD IN SOUND AND VALUE
Recording King introduces three new models to the award-winning Recording King guitar line.
Sporting solid spruce tops, the RD-06, RD-06-M, RD-06-W, RD-07 and RD-08 illustrate the skill of the Recording King luthiers. With ultra-thin “C” profile mahogany necks, scalloped spruce forward X-bracing and rosewood fretboards, these guitars have the features to impress both advanced and recreational players.
Available with either Rosewood (-07) or Mahogany (-06) back and sides, and in either dreadnought or 000-style body shapes, these guitars set a new standard for affordable, professional-quality sound. Upgraded features like a bone nut and saddle, die-cast tuners and classic tortoise shell body binding make these instruments look and sound as if they costs much more than the list price. The options available for the RD-06 are a matte finish (RD-06-M) or a widened soundhole (RD-06-W) for increased volume and projection. The RD-06 can also be purchased in a cutaway style with an optional 4-band B-Band EQ. The RD-08 represents a first for Recording King, featuring a solid mahogany back in addition to the solid spruce top, for a guitar that has the projection and resonance of an all-solid model, but without the price tag.
THE RECORDING KING CUSTOM SHOP ANNOUNCES AN ALL NEW 12-Fret 000-STYLE GUITAR LIMITED RUN / SEE IT AT NAMM BOOTH #1336
The Recording King Custom Shop proudly introduces an all-new Century Studio Series Custom Shop Model, the ROS-697.
The 12-Fret 000-style body is based on a historic 1927 12-Fret 000 design. The stunningly beautiful, hand-selected AAA Sitka Spruce top is carefully matched with the premium quality all solid rare Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. The solid one-piece mahogany neck also has an overlay of Brazilian Rosewood on the peghead and is fitted to the body at the 12-Fret with a hand-cut dovetail joint.
The ebony fingerboard is inlaid with an elaborate Greg Rich-designed Tree-of-Life M.O.P inlay covering the full fretboard. The guitar is built with an ebony pyramid slot-through bridge and maple bridge plate. Hand-inlaid abalone purfling and vintage-style rosette add an additional level of class to this exquisite piece. Grained ivoroid binding on the neck and body and the grained ivoroid heel cap demonstrate the Recording King luthiers’ attention to detail. Ivoroid bridge pins with abalone inlay complete the classic look.
With a scale length of 25.4” and a nut width of 1-7/8” this Century Studio Series guitar has been crafted to be period correct down to the last detail. The checkered back stripe and grained ivoroid endpiece are outlined with fine black and white purfling, and the rosette is carefully hand-inlaid with abalone. Gold-plated Grover tuning machines help to remind players this rare guitar is as playable as it is beautiful.
Only 10 pieces of the ROS-697 will be made. They are covered by Recording King’s lifetime warranty.
RECORDING KING PARTNERS WITH GUARDIAN CASES TO RELEASE THE ALL-NEW PROFESSIONAL FIBERGLASS CASE FOR BANJO
AVAILABLE NOW / LIST $399.99
BRISBANE, CA—Recording King is proud to recommend the all-new Guardian Professional Fiberglass banjo case for the best protection for Recording King banjos. The Guardian Professional Fiberglass case has the impact-resistant, water-repellent and durable features of similar cases three times the price.
The fiberglass shell of the Guardian Professional Fiberglass Banjo Case
(CG-065-J-LGY) is one of the thickest available, and offers superior protection. The watertight valance allows safe traveling in all types of weather. Six separate latches and one lock help to keep the banjo secure, and the carefully balanced leather handle makes traveling comfortable.
The case offers the ultimate in interior protection as well, with multiple padding thicknesses for maximum safety and fit. Ultra dense foam cushions the sides of the resonator, and it is supported by medium density foam underneath. Extra soft foam helps to hold down the neck for the perfect amount of both cushion and protection.
The fiberglass case is perfect for players looking for the most complete protection available.
For more information on the Guardian Professional Fiberglass Banjo Case, visit guardiancases.com.