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reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

What's your "good guy" price on that?
Aug 22nd, 2013 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just ordered a little Recording King 000 on sale ... it gets mixed reviews on MF's website. If it just needs a few tweaks, I can take care of that (even replace the cheap tuners everyone mentions). I'll post pics and a review as soon as possible.

Anyone else have one or try one of these?

Info and lousy (!) pic here

LHW

Southwest Ohio

Alone in my principles
Aug 22nd, 2013 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That looks interesting! I have been considering a Recording King Single O parlor in satin sunburst. Of course it's right handed, but I will just flip it over. If I get tired of it, it will be easier to sell! They are only $199, and have a solid top.

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

What's your "good guy" price on that?
Aug 22nd, 2013 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This one's actually a lefty for $235 or so (plus shipping, which was only $20 for two day shipping).

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

What's your "good guy" price on that?
Aug 24th, 2013 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Impatiently waiting ... arrives sometime today. Hoping for before noon.

LHW

Southwest Ohio

Alone in my principles
Aug 24th, 2013 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The waiting is the hardest part - Tom Petty


Jim W

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Aug 27th, 2013 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cute!


reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

What's your "good guy" price on that?
Aug 29th, 2013 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry it's taken me so long to get around to this review - I had planned on doing a write up when it arrived on Saturday. So here goes...

The guitar is a pretty good value for @ $235. The build is around 4.5 stars (our of 5), the finish is about 3; there are a couple pieces of something in the finish on the edge of the soundhole and edge of the fingerboard - nothing that distracts in a major way. The finish is thick - I'd much prefer a thin satin finish on this thing - it would look better and probably sound better, too.

No globs of glue inside the body, and most of the kerfing and braces are nicely finished - not lots of rough wood inside.

The tone doesn't compare to my Larrivees (which cost anywhere from 4-7 times more than this guitar, to be fair); the sound is fine, but the notes aren't as defined as on better guitars - some notes (esp. in the midrange) are more overpowering, while the low E string (from the G note on down to open E) aren't as loud or distinct as they could be...again, this is a $200 guitar (does have a solid top). I can adjust my playing technique some to compensate for some of this, and using a thumb pick does help the lower notes sound more distinct and ring out more.

Also, the Larrivees have that natural, "woody" tone; this one sounds more like a laminated guitar - but I'm assuming it will open up, as I have a 35 year old all laminate Ibanez acoustic that actually sounds pretty good after all these years (and LOTS of play time).

I lowered the nut slots (a lot), and it plays much better. I decided to go ahead and keep it, so I'm having a pickup installed by my tech as I write this (will be done on Tuesday after the holiday weekend). I'm having him also check the action and lower the saddle as needed (the pickup is an under saddle transducer - a Baggs Element, I think - I can't remember). It will be interesting to see how this thing sounds when eq'd through my Venue DI pedal...

He may also try to polish the frets a little more - I went over them with some 0000 steel wool because they sound scratchy when you bend notes. That helped *some* - but it just may be cheap fret material, we'll see.

The neck on this thing is HUGE by most people's standards - unless you're used to playing a classical, it will really feel like a handful. The nut is 1 13/16" and it's about an inch from fingerboard to the back of the neck, even at the nut. Feels like a Gibson '50's profile, but add in that extra width at the nut and up the neck - BIG. So getting the action set up comfortably is important to keep it from being overwhelming.

Overall, I like the look and feel of the guitar. Higher quality frets, a thin finish, maybe some better tuning of the braces, and this thing would have some real potential. It does create gas for a higher quality small-bodied acoustic (in my case, another Larrivee...someday).

But this is a great knock around guitar, and I'm doing a men's Christian retreat weekend at the end of September, so this will go with me and get a lot of use there. We're going to a camp this weekend - I wish I'd have it back for that, but I'll take my less expensive Larrivee dreadnaught and be careful with it.

For the low price, with it's particular features (solid top, slotted headstock, wider neck, left-handed), finish and set-up out of the box (literally - shipped in a cheap cardboard box with no case), I'll give it 4 stars.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 12:33 PM, Aug 29th, 2013)

LHW

Southwest Ohio

Alone in my principles
Aug 29th, 2013 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the review! You now have me interested in one! Can you post a pic or two?

reverend mikey
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west Omaha, east NE

What's your "good guy" price on that?
Aug 29th, 2013 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll try ... but it's in the shop until Tuesday getting the pickup installed...so it will be next week.

LHW

Southwest Ohio

Alone in my principles
Aug 29th, 2013 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks!

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