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 Zeros, Justin Townes Earle, John Fahey, Mark Spencer of Son Volt, Will Kimbrough, Lizzy Long, Caitlin Canty, Jonathan Devoto of The Matches, Rob McCoury and Buster Scruggs.