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Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret 000 Acoustic
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- Solid Sitka Spruce Top
- Mahogany Back & Sides
- Tortoise shell binding
- Slotted headstock with rosewood overlay
- Butterbean tuning keys
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I have bought a lot of guitars. Generally when I buy a guitar under $500 I don't expect much for setup and have a collection of files and tools to make the necessary adjustments. This instrument was set up perfectly with a nice low action and good intonation. The finish of the instrument was excellent and above what is expected at this price range.
The guitar does have a very chunky neck. I find it very comfortable for chords but some with smaller hands may not like it as much. Since this guitar is designed with finger style players in mind the spacing between strings is also wider.
If you ever thought this type of instrument might be your cup of tea, this guitar would be the perfect entry ticket into the style, I certainly am impressed with the instrument.
My only complaint is the poor packaging of the instrument for shipment by Amazon. I am fortunate that the guitar arrived in one piece.
Out of the box, my first impression was that perhaps I'd finally come across a true winner; the fit and finish were superb all around. The action was a bit high for my touch, making what felt like a typical 12-52 string set hard to play fingerstyle, though bold and full range sounding when strummed. (Better too high than too low, since the former is more easily addressed.) At that point, I could only echo the sentiment of another reviewer of this model, who could only wonder how they make a profit on such quality materials and workmanship at that price range.
Further into my maiden recital on the instrument, however, I noticed that the intonation was sharp in the upper frets, somewhat noticeably from the ninth fret or so on up, making higher pitch passages a little difficult to digest. Of all the reasons that give me pause in buying a guitar online, sight unseen and sound unheard, accurate intonation is at the top of that list, because I can live with a few visual imperfections as long as it performs as it should all the way up and down the neck.
So, I put the guitar up against a good chromatic tuner and, sure enough, some of the strings were as much as twenty cents sharp at the twelfth fret. Since there was already some reason to bring the action down, I immediately removed the strings, and sanded the saddle to bring within the standard height of 3/32" on the bass side and 2/32" on the treble side.Read more ›
Here are some of my thoughts:
Sound: it is better than I expected for the price range. I have no complaints about the tone. The intonation is great as far as I can tell and while the tuners seems small and dinky, they keep tune just fine.
Volume: Not as loud as a dreadnought but this is a plus for me as I was looking to avoid that loud, booming sound commonly associated with dreadnoughts. Volume is great for fingerpicking (and for my neighbors who have yet to complain).
Playability: The action is really good. Low but no buzzing - I actually enjoy playing this more than my nylon which still needs a set-up because the low action makes it so easy to play. Ready to go out of the box.
The neck is a little thinner than a classical neck but not by much which makes it great to transition between both guitars. Strings are farther apart than the strings on a regular acoustic guitar so strumming isn't ideal on this guitar. I find the neck very comfortable to play on even if I have short fingers.Read more ›
Quick first impressions:
The strings have a rusty feel, probably travel (China)-related. Martin Marquis Silk and Steel strings are on the way, and I imagine they will sweeten the guitar up considerably. I tuned it up and tightened the truss rod (no tension on the truss rod whatsoever when I pulled it out of the box), got it into more or less playable neck relief, and found that this guitar has a really nice low end, great consistency of notes across and up-down the neck, and, perhaps most importantly of all, the intonation is very close to perfect (which, according to the laws of physics, acoustics, and western music, doesn't exist anyways). Let's just say it's pretty great. The saddle has to get pulled out and sanded down about 2mm, which should actually pull the low E and A strings into a more acceptable intonation (they are both just a tiny bit sharp when fretted at the 12th fret). My guess is that the fret placement will prove flawless once the saddle and nut are properly height-adjusted.
I have seen complaints in other reviews about the quality of the tuners on this guitar. That is not my impression at all. The gears are good metal, and they turn quite nicely. The strings, particularly the G string, get a bit stuck in the nut, but this can be fixed very easily with a small file and a bit of lubrication, which I do with every guitar. But the tuners seem perfectly adequate, and I would not recommend replacing them unless they are, in fact, defective.
Its appearance is better than average: nice finish, decent looking top wood, looks way better than a sub-$300 guitar should look.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are a phenomenal value if you get a good one. The quality control is rather lax on Recording Kings from my (and others) experience so it can be hit or miss but for the money... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arizona Rick
I purchased this guitar about 7-months ago. I actual had another of the same model but had to ship it back due to damage incurred while in transit to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Game On
I repair factory second guitars, and have worked on several ROS 06, and RP 06 guitars. The most common repair issue is bridge lift due to a ridge of lacquer around where the bridge... Read morePublished 3 months ago by abcd
excellent guitar. perfect size and sound. love the 1 13/16 nut size. can't be beat for twice the price. get one while you still can.Published 7 months ago by island boy
It sounds good, the neck is a little wider and I think when my fingertips are toughened up better I will be able to form chords better. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bill Madolejr
Extremely good bargain for the $ paid. This guitar is well built, great tone and intonation, and while the finish has a few minor imperfections, overall it looks great! Read morePublished 19 months ago by David T.
it sounds great and plays great, may even be on par with some of the top shelf Martins I've played in the past.Published 21 months ago by Minyan Zhu
I bought this guitar at a local vendor as my campfire guitar - something that isn't so expensive that I'd be heartbroken if it was damaged or stolen, yet still is enjoyable to... Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Tessa K
Recording King Century Studio Series 12th Fret OOO-Style Acoustic Guitar (Mahogany)I paid $215.00 for this instrument. Free shipping. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Lugwell K. Stempweiner