Rattlesnake Roundneck Resonator


Recording King has been a well regarded secret among professional resonator players for the last decade. Now anyone can get a professional quality resonator at a great price in the Recording King Rattlesnake. The hand-spun European Recording King cone is a world-class tone engine for classic reso tone and volume, and the open pedestal-style soundwell creates a uniquely loud and broad sonic palette. A removable handrest for quick adjustment, bone nut, and Grover tuning machines round out this instrument. All that’s left to add is the actual snake rattle for true vintage mojo.

Soundposts support the circle of the soundwell so the cone vibrations are free to bounce within the full cavity of the body. The Pedestal soundwell is designed to give the Rattlesnake an open, thick mid-range sound.

The best-selling Recording King Rattlesnake Resonator is also available with a factory-installed Fishman Nashville pickup(RR-41E-VS) for electric blues players. The passive Fishman Nashville pickup delivers a clean musical tone, or slide over into dirty and gritty territory as you dig into the strings and roll up your amp volume. Add an optional gigbag or hardshell case and a Dunlop “Blues Bottle” slide for a complete package. 

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For a touch of general resonator lore (and a fact or two), check out the description area of the Maxwell Series Squareneck Resonator page. This page, however, is all about the roundneck models, like the Recording King Rattlesnake Roundneck Resonator, a small body roundneck with a big fat sound.

When people think of roundneck resonators, an image of a bottleneck blues player most often comes to mind, and for good reason. The bottleneck resonator tradition goes all the way back to the earliest resonator days. There’s also venerable tradition of fingerstyle players working the resonator guitar for all it’s worth.  Artists as diverse as Earl Klugh and virtuoso Chet Atkins famously played a Delvecchio resonators. Luthier Paul McGill briefly recounts the Delvechhio story with comments on Atkins and Klugh. Check the More Videos section of this ad for some some great fingerstyle resonator performances.

It’s not lost on me that I’ve posted people playing resonator guitars that weren’t made by Recording King. The purpose of those fingerstyle clips is to illustrate the versatility of resonator guitars in general, to inspire you to buy one. And then, of course, I do want you to buy a Recording King resonator, and buy it from me. To help you make that decision, note that Recording King resonators make a lot of Top 10 Resonator lists and when they do they’re inevitably cited for quality build, classic tone, playability, and importantly, exceptional value. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better resonator guitar for the price if the Rattlesnake Roundneck Resonator.



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Model Number:RR-41-VS, RR-41E-VS(Electric)
Model Name:Recording King Rattlesnake Wood Body Resonator Guitar
Body Shape:Small Body Resonator
Top Material:Mahogany
Back Material:Mahogany
Side Materials:Mahogany
Top Bracing Pattern:Pedestal Soundwell
Top Braces:Sitka Spruce
Neck Material:Mahogany
Neck Profile:Thin C
Neck Joint:Dovetail
Fretboard Material:Padauk
Scale Length::25"
# Of Frets Clear:12
# Of Frets Total:19
Nut Material:Bone
Nut Width:1-3/4"
Headstock Overlay:White Pearloid
Headstock Inlay:None
Tuning Machines:Grover open gear
Body Binding:Ivory Body Binding
Top Purfling:None
Fretboard Inlays:Dots
Fretboard Binding:Ivory
Bridge Material:Maple
Bridge Shape:Biscuit
Bridge Pins & Endpin:n/a
Pickup:Fishman Nashville Pickup
Finish:Gloss Sunburst

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