There is genius in simplicity. At least some wise dude once upon a time said this and I am going with it because the design on the Recording King Squareneck Resonator Guitar is kind of simplistic. I don’t mean that it is underwhelming. I mean the simplistic design is an interesting choice for a guitar that is going to sound very inque. Let us take a closer look and figure out what makes this curio so interesting.
The body of the guitar is made not just for the purpose of great sound, but for the purpose of great comfort. It is a smallish, yet powerful build, that is the optimal balance between comfort and sound. A combination of wood and metal, it is also a very pretty sight to look at.
The body of the guitar is built entirely of mahogany. This gives the body a dark tinge, both in terms of color and sound. Mahogany is, after all, known for its powerful effect on the lower range tones. The hardwood is also known for being relatively lightweight for the strength and density it has. This means a lot of comfort while playing and also a sturdy guitar that will last you for a long time.
The neck of the guitar is built out of mahogany. This means that if you ever wanted a solid slab of mahogany as a musical instrument, this is as close as you are going to get. Not a bad thing at all, judging how it is one of the sturdiest tonewoods, as well as prettiest in color and grain. The neck of the guitar is square, for maximum comfort when playing the guitar on top of your lap.
The cover plate of the guitar is aluminium. This provides a great resonance with all of the tones of the guitar. The cover plate also acts as a beautiful soundhole for the guitar and a great design choice, contrasting the dark of the mahogany with the beautiful reflectiveness of the aluminium.
The bridge of the guitar is spider, with an ebony saddle. This provides a beautiful low tone resonance with the strings, as well as a great point of transferring the sound into the cone.
The recording king spider cone of the guitar is hand spun aluminium. Aluminium is a great material for music, capable of resonating with most of the tonal range without issue. It is especially good at resonating with the high and mid-tones. The result is a great sounding resonator guitar with a powerful amplification.
The nut of the guitar is raised, for comfortable playing with a guitar slide, as you would expect with a square neck guitar.
The sound on this guitar is wonderful. It is a great balance between nuanced chords, long sustain and a powerful amplification. Something every bluegrass would appreciate for their twangy tunes. The tone tends to be biased towards the low end, with the bass tones being especially appreciated by the mahogany.
A great budget option with a great sound. It is great for beginners and professionals alike. While the look might be a little simplistic, it is also very attractive, with the dark and the bright of aluminium contrasting each other beautifully. Definitely recommended.