Recording King Parlor Guitar, Series 7 Dirty 30’s


The Dirty 30s Series 7 is a vintage-style Parlor guitar with a sound that will impress you. Chalk it up to our super clean Cross Lap bracing and top quality materials, the Series 7 packs a punch.

The spruce top provides the foundation for classic acoustic tone beneath the Tobacco Sunburst or other modern and throwback finishes. The bound soundhole and Harmonella stencil fretboard markers are both functional and stylistic. The Series 7 has a bone nut and saddle for excellent sustain, and ivory-button tuning machines for traditional mojo.

Whether headed out on the road or matching the vibe of an intimate session, the Series 7 is your go-to-guitar for that woody, boxy vintage sound.

Select from a vintage-style tobacco sunburst finish, or a modern green or orange finish. Add a gigbag or hardshell case and a capo for a complete package.

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The Recording King Parlor Guitar hails from a humble tradition. The “Parlor Guitar” is a small-scale, steel string guitar based on a European guitar design. Folklore suggests the design was originally developed for women, although that idea has largely been debunked. Gary Newman argues that 19th Century guitars were generally smaller than later models, so the small body was for general use. He goes on to suggest that the guitar was a popular American instrument in Spanish settlements before the Colonial era. The guitar’s moniker harkens back to the European traditions of “parlor music.” Prior to television/radio entertainment, people often sat around the parlor and entertained each other. The Recording King RPS-7 honors the Parlor Tradition by way of vintage styling, exceptional playability, and rich tone quality.

The Recording King brand was originally a Montgomery Wards store brand. They offered a jumbo acoustic guitar, archtops, banjos, and mandolins for about 10 years. The Music Link out of Hayward, California revived the brand in 2007, and has developed a truly exceptional line of high quality yet affordable acoustic instrucments. This very parlor guitar holds an honored seat among them.

The Recording King Parlor guitar (model RPS-7) is played by the likes of , Derek Webb, and Nick Byrd and Grady Wenrich of The Lonely Biscuits. The join an esteemed list of blues and roots artists who play Recording King instruments: Christian Letts of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosJustin Townes EarleJohn Fahey, Mark Spencer of Son VoltWill KimbroughLizzy LongCaitlin Canty, Jonathan Devoto of The MatchesRob McCoury and Buster Scruggs.


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Body Shape:12th Fret Single-O
Top Material:Spruce
Back Material:Whitewood
Side Material:Whitewood
Top Bracing Pattern:X Bracing
Top Braces:Sitka Spruce
Neck Material:Mahogany
Neck Profile:Thin C
Neck Joint:Dovetail
Fretboard Material:Ovangkol
Scale Length:25.4"
# Of Frets Clear:12
# Of Frets Total:20
Nut Material:Bone
Nut Width:1-11/16"
Headstock Overlay:Black
Headstock Inlay:None
Tuning Machines:Nickel w/ Ivory Buttons
Body Binding:Ivory Top Binding
Rosette:Bound Soundhole
Top Purfling:Checkerboard
Fretboard Inlays:Harmonella Stencil
Fretboard Binding:Black
Bridge Material:Ovangkol
Bridge Shape:Straight
Saddle:Compensated Bone
Electronics:Fishman Sonitone(RPS-7-FE3-TS Only)
Color Option 1:Tobacco Sunburst(RPS-7-TS)
Color Option 2:Matte Black(RPS-7-MBK)