Recording King RD-126 Review

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  • A true copy of a pre-war mahogany dreadnought

  • By Larry on Jul 23, 2011 | 3 out of 3 found it helpful
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  • Pros: Excellent sound, setup, and workmanship
  • Cons: Had to replace the tarnished strings that came with it. Improved greatly the already tremendous sound.
  • Experience: I own it
  • 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 Pacific Rim 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, 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! I flatpick mostly Bluegrass and Old Time music. Bought it from Marv's Music for less than $600.

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  • Frustration

  • By pulser on Feb 14, 2012 | 1 out of 1 found it helpful
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  • Pros: sounds good, plays good
  • Cons: the lifetime warranty is a joke
  • Experience: I own it
  • Recording King offers a lifetime warranty on all of their guitars. My expereince is .... too bad, so sad they just ignore you. The saddle has a piece that fell out of it between the D and G. I want to return it to seller so they can send it back to RK. Started the process in September 2011 and it is now Feb. 2012 and RK has not responded to them. I contacterd RK and they say I have to go through a dealer. The lifetime warranty is a useless hollow promise. Don't believe them and buy a guitar based on this phoney advertising gimmick.

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