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Recording King Classic Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar with Herringbone (Mahogany)


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  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Solid Mahogany Back & Sides
  • 1-Piece Mahogany Neck
  • Fully Scalloped Forward X-Bracing
  • "Torch" Abalone Headstock Inlay

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 40.8 x 15.5 x 5 inches ; 9.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B001B8QB2Q
  • Item model number: RD-126
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,295 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 16, 2008

Product Description

This model has herringbone top purfling. This pattern provides great aesthetic appeal for traditional players. Made with all-solid woods and featuring the most authentic pre-war-style features, this classic guitar is perfect for all styles of playing. The Classic Series with herringbone has a solid Sitka spruce top, solid rosewood or solid mahogany back and sides, fully scalloped forward-x bracing, a one-piece mahogany neck, a vintage-style beveled pickguard, an ebony fretboard and vintage-style slot-through bridge. This guitar has the redesigned “torch” abalone/M.O.P. headstock inlay and abalone snowflake position markers.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blue Sky on April 12, 2010
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This is an exceptional guitar for the money. It's design is based on the pre-war Martin guitars that are so coveted by collectors for their perfect tone and playability. It does not sound exactly like a vintage Martin or any of the current Martin Vintage or Authentic series guitars, but then again you aren't paying several thousand dollars for this guitar. If you want vintage specs in a completely playable guitar, that sounds pretty close to an expensive Martin at a fraction of the cost, then this is the guitar for you. If you absolutely want that Martin tone and playability then save your money and buy a Martin. I have a few Martins and I love them.

I won't list out the specs because you can get them directly from the Recording King website ([...]).

This is a strikingly beautiful, vintage looking guitar. The herringbone trim and high gloss polished finish are first rate. There are no flaws at all that I can see in the finish. The solid sitka spruce top is a beautiful selection of wood comparable to guitars costing more than twice as much. You can't tell from the above picture but they added a nice "aged" toner to the clear coat of the top for a very vintage look. The mahogany back and sides are very pretty. Nice tight grain, quality solid wood selection all the way around. Nice smooth solid mahogany neck. All solid tonewoods. No laminates here!

Upon opening the box, I tuned up to pitch and played for a couple of minutes. Then I replaced the strings with my normal D'Addario EJ17 medium gauge phosphor bronze strings. The action was close to perfect right out of the box but the neck had a little bit more relief than I like. I prefer an almost flat fretboard. I tightened the truss rod a quarter turn to take out some relief and this guitar was perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry O. on July 31, 2011
The latest version of this guitar from Recording King has the very authentic pre-war style features of the old originals. A solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, fully scalloped forward-shifted x-bracing, a one-piece mahogany neck, vintage-style pick-guard, and an ebony fret-board and bridge. Mine came with a bone nut and saddle. I'm glad to see the newer models have done away with the unnecessary and harder to adjust, bridge weakening, slot-through bridge. This guitar has a beautiful torch abalone headstock inlay and abalone snowflake position markers. Just enough bling to make it stand out, while retaining its true vintage look.

I have never had the privilege of owning or playing one of the original pre-war dreads that this guitar emulates. I would guess comparing it to one of those would be unfair. There must be some reason, no doubt involving sound, that motivates wealthy players/collectors to pay a small fortune for one. However, I have owned and extensively played at least four of the current high end guitar maker's re-issues of these 1930's models. And I can say that, comparing new guitar to new guitar, these latest Recording Kings can keep up with the best of them. Some of the very early import guitars had a great sound, but the workmanship and set-up was not up to the standards of the big US makers. My latest Recording King RD-126 is flawless on the outside, and inside things are so tidy that it is impossible to even see a glue line.

This RD-126 sounds like a good mahogany dreadnought should sound. Bright, crisp, loud, and with a deep bass, comparing new guitar to new guitar, I truly can see no difference between its sound and looks, and the high end equivalents I paid six times as much for a few years ago. This one is a keeper!
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