Recording King Dirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top

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A solid spruce top and period refinements make this vintage-style dreadnought a winner.

The Dirty Thirties Dust Bowl-inspired Dreadnought is meant to sound great wherever the road takes you. With a solid top and old-style matte sunburst finish, it sits at the perfect crossroads of classic sound, vintage style and exceptional value. Like the original Montgomery Ward mail order guitars in the first half of the century, the Dirty Thirties Dreadnought is the perfect companion for singer-songwriters, folk stylists or traveling troubadours.

All of the Dirty Thirties guitars start with a solid Spruce top and rosewood fretboard, with bone nut and saddle. Recording King finished each guitar with classic extra-large fretboard dots, aged ivoroid body binding, satin sunburst finish, vintage-inspired tuning keys and the historic Recording King headstock.

The Dirty Thirties Series packs excellent playability and historic vibe into an ultra-affordable package that makes vintage style accessible to even the most budget-conscious players. Case sold separately.

  • Solid Spruce top
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Classic extra-large fretboard dots
  • Aged ivoroid body binding
  • Satin sunburst finish
  • Vintage-inspired tuning keys
  • Historic Recording King headstock.
  • Case sold separately

Get back to the future with this celebration of guitars gone by. Order today.


Dirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top Specifications:

  • Model: RDH-05
  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top Material: Solid Spruce
  • Back Material: White Wood
  • Side Material: White Wood
  • Top Bracing Pattern: Forward X-Bracing
  • Top Braces: Scalloped
  • Neck Material: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Contemporary "C"
  • Neck Joint: Dovetail
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • # Of Frets Clear: 14
  • # Of Frets Total: 20
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
  • Headstock Inlay: Recording King Decal
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style, Plastic Button
  • Body Binding: Ivory
  • Rosette: Classic Style
  • Top Purfling: None
  • Fretboard Inlays: Classic Extra-Large
  • Fretboard Binding: None
  • Bridge Material: Rosewood
  • Bridge Shape: Straight
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Bridge Pins & Endpin: Ivory Plastic
  • Pickguard: None
  • Finish: Satin Sunburst
  • Electronics: None
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from Napa CA

About Me Experienced


  • Fun To Play
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


  • No Pickguard
  • Sharp Fret Edges

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Recording King Dirty Thirties Dreadnought Solid Top:

Price is low and Asian quality can vary, but I am delighted with this guitar. Build quality is excellent, excepting the sharp fret ends. Inside build is clean, not gloppy with glue or "fuzzy" body braces. Tuners are good quality, and it came well set-up and ready to play. Amazed at the pretty tones played fingerstyle or picked. When you dig in hard, it gets raspy. Played some bluegrass and it is loud enough to hang with the Guilds and D28s in our jam! Love the matte black neck and body finish, which seemed like a 'cheap out' until I played it and appreciated the nice smooth action up and down the neck. I am polishing the frets this week, I recommend you do it too. This has to be one of the best bargains for a fine instrument anywhere. I ws actually given the guitar by my late friend's wife. It was one of his favorite bluegrass guitars and he owned more than 40 acoustics at his passing. Thanks Tom! We miss you!

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