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Recording King RR-60VS Squareneck dimensions

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May 11, 2022 - 1:36:36 AM

tony boadle

Ireland

284 posts since 3/23/2011

I've recently sold my Gretsch Boxcar square neck and I'm considering purchasing a Recording King RR-60VS square neck.
My only concern is size.... I'm used to the comfortable (for me) dimensions of the Gretsch, and I'm wondering how much bigger the RK is?
I'd appreciate it if anyone can let me know the upper and lower bout widths.
Many thanks in advance and greetings from County Cork Ireland as always!

May 11, 2022 - 8:41:35 AM

6 posts since 7/31/2021

I love my RR-60VS, and will take a measuring tape to it when I get home. Stay tuned, unless someone else gets to it before then!

May 11, 2022 - 8:57:54 AM

tony boadle

Ireland

284 posts since 3/23/2011

Thanks Tom, much appreciated.
If it sounds as good as it looks, I'll be delighted. I'd be interested in your comments on the guitar ??

May 11, 2022 - 9:06:25 AM

tomkatb

USA

375 posts since 1/31/2015

My Luthier friend recommended a Regal black lightning. I think is the same size. 11' 14' 3.5"
My jumbo guitar Harlow is 12" 15/5" 3.5"
My Gretsch Honeydipper is 10" 14" 3.75"

May 11, 2022 - 10:55:18 AM

6 posts since 7/31/2021

Hello Tony,

Yep, tomkat was pretty darn close:

Top width: 10.5" (27 cm)
Bottom width: 14" (35.5 cm)
Waist: 8.5" (21.5 cm)
Body length: 19.5" (49 cm)
Depth: 3 5/8" (9.1 cm)
Total length: 38.5" (98 cm)
Distance from my hands by the end of the workday: too far.

At least, I think those are pretty close measurements. I've always been a "darn it, I cut that board twice and it's still too short" kind of guy.

I love this guitar. It is sweet sounding, stays in tune, and is just very playable. I am impressed, likewise in the tonal variation in just moving closer to the neck - a nice bright twang toward the bridge and warm, full tone near the neck. I think you'll probably love it, too!

Please let me know what you think!

Best,
Tom

May 11, 2022 - 11:55:39 AM

tomkatb

USA

375 posts since 1/31/2015

Sorry. I get confused with model numbers.

However, note there is not that much difference.

My Jumbo is not that much bigger. I play 4 different size guitars. Hardly notice the differences.

I do play square neck only.

May 11, 2022 - 12:06:46 PM

tomkatb

USA

375 posts since 1/31/2015

When I had my Regal hot rodded, Mr. Harlow changed the spider, cone and saddle. The difference in sound was worth the cost..

The Chinese spyder was a piece of crud.

May 11, 2022 - 12:48:30 PM

4002 posts since 7/27/2008

I'm my opinion a stock RK-60VS blows the Boxcar out of the water - or perhaps more appropriately - off the tracks. This would be a nice upgrade, but one that doesn't stress the credit card too much.

I would also take the RK any day of the week over a stock Black Lightning. Tony being  in Ireland doesn't  have the luxury of being able to drive over to Frank Harlow's place for a fresh setup by one of the true wizards of the profession. 

May 11, 2022 - 12:59:01 PM

RezBluez

Canada

217 posts since 1/24/2015

Tom that bit about cutting the board twice an it’s still to short, it cracked me right up. I was having a terrible day until I read that, and after a good laugh like that, I feel better…Cheers!

And Tony, I had one just for less than a week, and I can’t really remember it all that well. But the body seemed really long compared to most.

May 11, 2022 - 1:03:37 PM

tomkatb

USA

375 posts since 1/31/2015

True.

Frank though my recording king tricone was fairly well made. Better than most for the money.

I am heading for Resogat this summer. I hope to play one of those recording king 60's there.

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May 11, 2022 - 1:06:31 PM

RezBluez

Canada

217 posts since 1/24/2015

Mark,
What is in them for a cone and spider?

May 11, 2022 - 1:46:19 PM

tony boadle

Ireland

284 posts since 3/23/2011

Amazing response, all comments, advice and measurements taken on board. Many thanks to all.
And yes Tom's gag was almost the funniest of the week. The funniest? OK:
"My wife says sex is better on holiday.
Not exactly the postcard I was expecting from her...."

May 12, 2022 - 5:45:52 PM

4002 posts since 7/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by RezBluez

Mark,
What is in them for a cone and spider?

Slim information from the RK website,  o American brand name parts - the cone is possibly a Continental but that's just a guess:

  • Spider Bridge

  • Hand-Spun European Recording King Cone

May 12, 2022 - 5:52:01 PM

4002 posts since 7/27/2008

The guitar sounds pretty good in the demo linked below. 

As we have discussed in the past, some folks aren't real hot on the 1 3/4" wide nut on the Phil Leadbetter model, but the RR-60 lists 1 15/16" as the nut width - more what we would normally see on a squareneck. 
 

https://youtu.be/0LUfCQIsdvs

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