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Recording King RD-318 Adirondack

Steel-String Guitar

  • Top: Solid 30-year-old Adirondack spruce
  • Back and sides: Solid mahogany
  • Bracing Forward Shifted X
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard and bridge: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • Neck profile: Thin V
  • Scale: 645 mm (25.4")
  • Nut width: 42.90 mm (1 11/16")
  • Bone nut
  • 20 Frets
  • Open gear machine heads with Butterbean buttons
  • Colour: Natural high gloss

Further Information

Top Spruce, Solid
Back and Sides Mahogany, Solid
Cutaway No
Fretboard Rosewood
Nut width in mm 42,90 mm
Frets 20
Pickups No
Colour Natural
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No

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Great value for money
Killerkaare, 11.12.2020
This guitar sounds great. Very responsive. Great woody tone. Pretty loud. Dynamic. I really like how the headstock looks. I also own the RO-328 and I think the laquer is to thick on both. Had been better with a different thinner finish. The tuners on this guitar are sub standard. The RO-328 have open butterbean Grover tuners which are pretty good, but this one have some cheaper knock offs. They do the job but you?d be better of changing them in the long run.
The guitar was set up pretty bad. The string hight was more than 1 mm higher on the 12th fret than «standard» and high on the nut. Made it really hard to play but with a capo it was ok. I play pretty hard on .013 strings so a high action is pretty good for me but this was too high. Had to tighten the neck, file down both the bridge and the nut. When that was done it became a different guitar. So easy to play. I guess you have to expect things like this when you get a guitar this cheap with specs like this. They have to cut corners some places. For me it seems like the corners/expenses were cut on laquer, setup, tuners and quality control out of the factory. I live in Norway and setup and new tuners (Grover butterbean open back) at my local luthier will cost about 200 euros. In my opinon this guitar is worth that times ten. This guitar is simply great, great value for the money. Highly recomended.
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Did not expect it to be this good
trident, 14.07.2020
The guitar has a good weight to it, the finish is really well done, the neck does take a while to get used to, because it is a V shaped neck, actually kind of a deep V, you can actually feel the edge when picking it up. The Adirondack top is superb, I do not know what happened to the wood in 30 years, but I guess the global warming had something to do with it, because it sounds a lot more older and dried out. The back and sides mahogany is a another really good choice, the wood is really well selected. I had the luck to receive one from a batch that actually has a flamed mahogany look to it, which is quite rare. The guitar feels so balanced, the highs are crisp and the lows are well defined. It immediately became a favourite in my collection (Martins, Freshmans, Taylors), no doubt. I highly recommend buying one, even if not tried before. This was my case anyway, it was a blind buy, especially because of the Adirondack 30 years old top and it was totally worth it.
Bonus: I actually own another RK guitar, the RD-T16 which is another good instrument, has Adirondack torrefied top with laminated mahogany back and sides. You can immediately sense the difference between them, the RD-T16 feels drier and uncompressed and unbalanced, has a more vintage vibe to it, and the harmonics aren't really there. It can be a little loud sometimes as well. You would expect them to sound close to each other but really there are major differences. So, if you are undecided between the two, pick the RD-318, the price/quality ratio is definitely in your favour! Cheers
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Very happy with this guitar
GBVHDBS, 08.02.2021
I bought this guitar after hearing so many good things about Recording Kings and this particular model. It hasn't disapointed and has such a rich sound. The neck takes getting used to. For the price this was an excellent buy.
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Sehr gute Merkmale, aber auch eine Schwachstelle
Mojoleg, 17.05.2020
Eigentlich war ich begeistert von dieser auffallend leichten Gitarre. Aber es gab neben den Pluspunkten auch Minuspunkte. Schweren Herzens schickte ich sie zurück, hadere aber mit dieser Entscheidung.

-Optik: Eine angenehm schlicht gehaltene Gitarre. Die Baumringe der Fichtendecke werden am Rand drastisch größer, was mich nicht sonderlich störte.

-Erfreulicherweise ohne Piezosystem, was besser ist, als ein mies klingendes. Ich nehme mit Mikrophon auf und auf Bühnen steh ich nicht. Ich mag gar keinen Piezo, der leider immer häufiger verbaut ist.

-Die Gitarre war optisch fehlerfrei verarbeitet. Top! Die sehr dünnen Bünde (hoffentlich spielt man die nicht schnell runter) allerdings hätte man wohl etwas nacharbeiten oder einen gerade noch akzeptabel hohen Saitenabstand hinnehmen müssen. Kostet auch wieder. Sonst hätte die Verarbeitung alle Sterne bekommen.

-Der Klang war eigentlich sehr gut, die Gitarre hat was eigenes…Eine sehr schnelle Ansprache und hohe Lautstärke....sehr offen…angenehm weich genug...Ich empfand auch einen Hall, wie ich ihn so ausgeprägt nicht bei Westerngitarren kannte aber mochte. Die Mitten und Tiefmitten super. Bässe? Vielen wird das dicke reichen. Für mich Jain: Die A, D und G-Saiten lieferten erstaunlich volle, warme Töne. Super! Ein Stern Abzug weil die tiefe E-Saite leer angeschlagen etwas raus fiel. Allerdings hätte ich sie mal neu einspannen sollen. Der Pin ragte nämlich etwas raus. Weil er hielt, ließ ich es so. Eigentlich hätte ich mit neuen Saiten testen müssen. Jedenfalls schien mir die Gitarre nicht so ganz ausgewogen zu klingen. Neben dem Ausreißer mit der tiefen E Saite (vielleicht ist da nur was einzuspielen?) wirkten mir zu Beginn die Höhen etwas isoliert. Vermutlich war ich das nur nicht gewohnt, weil die Mitten meiner bisherigen Gitarre nicht so warm sind... Und das legte sich dann nach ein wenig Spielen, zumal ich einen Halbton tiefer stimme. Schöne Höhen, nicht spitz, wie man es in dieser Preisklasse befürchten muss. Nicht ganz so "geerdet" wie meine Yamaha LL 16, sondern „luftiger“. Geschmackssache... Ich glaube, ich bevorzuge eher geerdeten Klang. Ich hätte sie gerne behalten, müßte dann aber noch eine andere kaufen, um meine Vorstellungen erfüllt zu bekommen. Und das wird mir zuviel.

-Der Hals hat eine V Form, die Gitarre ist gut bespielbar. Die Sattelbreite dürfte allerdings nicht -wie angepriesen- bei unter 43mm, sondern ca. 44,5 mm liegen (geschätzt). Und so war das eine Dreadnought, mit der sich sehr gut Fingerpicking spielen ließ.
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