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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Recording King RR61 square neck mahogany satin finish

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mkcharlie - Posted - 04/13/2022:  19:54:20

Needed a repair to a small nylon string guitar. Took it to my fav guitar store and saw the above for sale. The story is that he stocked it about two years ago, and it is now not a current offering by Recording King. We traded for a guitar I had and didn't need.
I don't know what I have. I can't seem to find much info on it. This is my first time owning or even playing a resonator. Any info someone may have would be very helpful. Sounds wonderful and easy to play. I've been learning the techniques on a raised bridge guitar so it was inevitable that I would end up with a real dobro type soon. Thanks

RezBluez - Posted - 04/15/2022:  20:56:08

Not sure what I can tell you, other than hang on cause it can be both a fun and expensive ride at times. Get your picks and bar and start to noodle and learn. You can learn by a multitude of ways, but most say money spent on, one on one lessons is money well spent. Good luck with whatever method you choose. Enjoy the journey, Cheers!

MarkinSonoma - Posted - 04/16/2022:  04:36:03

I don't recall what makes the 61 different than the 60, but I'm thinking they are almost identical. 

I don't believe players are very aware of model numbers on instruments like Asian-built resonator guitars. We're not talking about a something that most guitar players are familiar with having a model number like the Martin D-28 or Gibson J-45.

You can probably use the specs and description for the RR-60 from the RK website and that should be of help you to understand what you have. One thing to know - it's a laminate mahogany body, not solid wood. Guitar manufacturers tend to leave out the word "laminate" if the wood isn't solid, since laminate is less expensive than solid guitar tone wood, they just describe it as "mahogany." When an instrument is in fact solid mahogany, the manufacturers make sure to include the word "solid"  in the description. 

I have played a couple of the RR-60 guitars in a prominent Bay Area guitar store and I thought they were very nice guitars for the money. I think the retail is ballpark $600 and they compare favorably with the Gold Tone/Beard laminate mahogany model which sells for about $300 more. The finish and aesthetics are higher level on the Gold Tone, but in terms of sound I was actually kind of amazed how nice the RK is for the money.


Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 04/16/2022 04:37:42

MarkinSonoma - Posted - 04/16/2022:  04:40:48

Here is a short article from 2015 with a description of the 61.


Oboe Cadobro - Posted - 04/18/2022:  14:02:55


Originally posted by MarkinSonoma

Here is a short article from 2015 with a description of the 61.


Does the photo of the neck look strange to you? Looks like something's cut off or asymmetrical shape...


MarkinSonoma - Posted - 04/18/2022:  16:46:17

Definitely strange - It might just be an odd upload of the photo. 

I was visiting the RK website and photos of the current lineup of roundnecks look pretty normal.  

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 04/18/2022 16:50:33

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