Recording King is a professional grade acoustic guitar, banjo, resonator and lap steel guitar manufacturer, based in Hayward, California. Their guitars are designed in the US and sold worldwide. Their parent company is The Music Link, which produces other musical instrument lines, and which is also based in Hayward.
Recording King started as a guitar brand for Montgomery Ward in the 1930s. Legendary guitarist John Fahey played a 1939 model. The original guitar was similar to the Gibson Advanced Jumbo, discontinued in 1939. The brand was revived in 2007, with Johnson Guitars taking the Recording King label. Current Recording King products use vintage designs and replicas of pre-World War II parts.
Musicians who use Recording King guitars include Christian Letts of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Justin Townes Earle, Joshua Black Wilkins, Mark Spencer of Son Volt, Will Kimbrough, Lizzy Long, Jonathan Devoto of The Matches, and Rob McCoury.
- "NAMM 2012: Recording King Updates Jubilee Series Slope Shoulder Guitars", Guitar World, Jan 21, 2012
- "Recording King ROS-626 Review", Acoustic Guitar, March 2009
- Evans, Steve; Middlebrook, Ron (2002-11-01). Cowboy Guitars. Centerstream Publications. p. 1927. ISBN 978-1-57424-102-0. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
- "Recording King Carolina RD-27" review, MusicRadar.com, 29 Jan 2008
- History at Recording King website
- Artists list at Recording King website