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Recording King RG-32-SN Lap Steel Guitar, Sunburst
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- Solid Mahogany Body
- Single EMG-Designed P-90 Pickup
- Volume and Tone Constrols
- Open Geared Tuners
- String-Through Body Desing
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|Body Material Type||solid-wood||Solid Wood||Ash||solid-wood||Solid Wood|
|Fretboard Material Type||Pearloid||rosewood||Maple||Pearloid||Rosewood|
|Guitar Bridge System||fixed||adjustable||adjustable||fixed||adjustable|
|Guitar Pickup Configuration||Single P-90||p90||P90||humbucker||single-coil|
|Item Dimensions||10.5 x 33.75 x 2.25 in||—||2.36 x 8.19 x 33.46 in||4.25 x 35 x 12 in||—|
|Neck Material Type||Mahogany||ash||Ash||Solid Mahogany||Ash|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6|
The Recording King Lap Steel guitar is made of solid mahogany and the string-through-body design makes for full, powerful sustain. A single EMG-designed Alnico P-90 pickup gives it excellent tone. The open geared tuners make staying in tune a breeze and offer classic looks with modern reliability. The single volume and tone controls allow players to control the tonal texture from classic country lines to searing blues licks.
Top Customer Reviews
The volume knob was bent, the volume on the guitar phased in and out. Go figure.....I new guitar needing new pods :/
It was just an un satisfied feeling. The good thing is they reimbursed my money with excellent care and speed. If you're going to buy one, spend the money to get what you need not what you can afford.
The tuners are alright. They look like older style Klusons and they hold pretty well in most open tunings, such as A and G. I put it to a C6 (with a C natural) and it was pretty tight, but it holds tune still. Maybe I will change the tuners out in the future, but they're serving me well right now.
In the past, a friend of mine had lent me his Rogue lap steel. Comparably priced to this Recording King... I'd rather put my money down on the Recording King. Its got a more dynamic pickup than the Rogue, better tuners, and a real solid bridge.
After a couple months of regular playing, I only have two complaints, but both are easily remedied.
1. I wish there was a cover over the pickup (but I can install one, at a cost of... $12ish.)
2. My friend's Magnatone, as well as some other laps I've played in the past; has an abrasive tape that covers the bottom of the guitar, which provides friction so that the instrument is not prone to sliding around. I could install this, and probably will, but it just seems like such a cheap and simple thing that I wish it had come with the instrument.
If you're getting into lap steel, or just need a cheap backup, then I can't recommend this steel highly enough. In my experience, its a fully playable traditional style lap steel that will not break the bank. Mine even came with a free chord.
It works perfectly out of the box, and sounds great through any amp it's been plugged it into.
It did need a setup - as one of the string slots at the nut was filed a little too low as compared to the other strings. For lap steel, you want all 6 strings to be on the same horizontal plane. However, I don't consider this much of a complaint, as nearly every instrument needs some sort of setup when it leaves the factory.
The overall sound is great - it sustains well, the p90 pickup is great for both clean and dirty sounds, and it stays in tune. This last point is important, because, while the tuners are certainly cheap and perhaps one of the first things I'd replace if I were to upgrade the instrument, they do still work. Some cheap tuners will slip - these ones seem to do the job adequately.
Note: this lap steel came tuned to open-D. If you plan on playing in C6 tuning, you'll need to get strings for it.
I don't care for the strings that came on it, they are very light. I will replace them with a standard E tuning set. The string spacing is a little off at the bridge but I will fix that when I replace the strings. I love the pick up and the adjustable poles,reminds me of the P-90 on the old BR-9 Gibson that I started out on in 1948. I am playing through a DD/3 Boss delay and a Peavey 400 LTD. I put it through my Evans SE200 and it sounded just great. With good cables, a good bar and a little talent this will get the job done.