Recording King Resonator Review

May 27, 2023
David Sunnyside

Nothing evokes Mississippi Delta blues like the sound of a bottleneck slide being dragged across the strings of a resonator guitar. Invented by National in 1927, resonator instruments quickly became the instrument of choice for delta blues pioneers such as Son House and Bukka White. While a new National will set you back over $2,000 and even the more affordable Dobros can cost nearly that much, Recording King has made it possible for anyone to enjoy the unmistakable sweet sustained tone of a resonator guitar at a price point that's hard to believe.

The RK-RR-36-VS Rattlesnake wood body resonator delivers the full rich voice of mahogany with an open pedestal-style soundwell that creates a unique sound that blends both classic resonator tone and modern clarity. This premium wood is also prized for its ability to produce a strong separation between bass and treble. Paired with the hand-spun European Recording King resonator cone this instrument provides players of all styles with an unforgettable musical voice.

A rolled F-hole and stiffer top help this guitar to push more sound through the hand-spun cone, while a biscuit bridge offers superior sustain. Cream-colored ABS binding accents the deep tobacco sunburst finish and butterbean tuners add an extra touch of class.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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