Recording King is a very interesting manufacturer that I respect a lot. Their models can be separated in two categories: The average ones that are not worth your time or money, and then we have the absolute bargains that come at extraordinary low prices and offer a lot of quality. The RD-10 falls into the second category without a doubt. You can rarely see a model with a high level of craftsmanship and good tonewoods sold at a price similar to the RD-10’s. Recording King is a brand that offers a lot of value to the people that can separate the good guitars from the bad and to those who do not care about the logo that will be written on the headstock, but care about the quality of the output of their instrument. We believe this is the perfect match for the number 1 spot in our list with guitars for under 500 dollars.
Body and Neck
The RD-10 is a solid dreadnaught body acoustic guitar with sitka spruce top and solid mahogany sides and back. The combination of these tonewoods delivers awesome sound that is not to be expected from a mid-price acoustic guitar. The neck is with the classic slim “C” profile and is made of mahogany and the rosewood fretboard that is bound to it comes with 24 frets. The scale length of this beauty stops at 25.4”. The die-cast tuning machines and the tortoise shell body binding give the RD-10 a classic vintage look that is loved by many. The nut and the saddle are made from real bone and they are matching the natural gloss finish in a perfect way.
Thanks to the all solid tonewoods the sound is dark and very distinctive. Like most of the dreadnaught body guitars, the output is loud and clear. The warm and rich sound that is a trade mark of Recording King is good enough to impress even a demanding crowd if you plan to gig with the RD-10. The body is very responsive and the tone is well balanced. In brief, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Considering the overpriced acoustic instruments that are flooding the market and are coming at prices over the $500 mark, the RD is a standout favorite for one of the best possible deals that are currently available. I can recommend this Recording King to everyone looking for a reliable steel string acoustic instrument. Yes, there are a lot of backers on the S6 by Seagull but the RD-10 offers a fantastic sound quality at an affordable price. Even if you upgrade to a better guitar later on, this one is still worth keeping as your backup.