Recording King

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Recording King
Recording King model M-3 by Gibson (1940) headstock logo.jpg
Recording King logo (1940)
Product type Musical instruments:
acoustic guitar, banjo, resonator and lap steel guitar
Owner Music Link Corporation (c.2010–)[1]
Introduced 1930s[2]
Discontinued 1939 (1940); then revived in 2007
Markets Global[3]
Previous owners Montgomery Ward (1930s)
Registered as a trademark in 12 April 2011 (latest), United States[1]
Website revived as: RecordingKing.com
Singer songwriter Caitlin Canty writes and plays her songs with a 1930s Recording King guitar.

Recording King is a musical instrument brand of the professional grade acoustic guitar, banjo, resonator and lap steel guitar, based in Hayward, California.[4] Their guitars are designed in the US and sold worldwide.[3][5][6]

The current owner of a brand is The Music Link Corporation[1] based in Hayward, which also produces other musical instrument lines.

Brand history[edit]

Recording King started as a house brand for Montgomery Ward in the 1930s.[2] Legendary guitarist John Fahey played a 1939 model.[7][8] The original guitar was similar to the Gibson Advanced Jumbo, discontinued in 1939.[9] The brand was revived in 2007, with Johnson Guitars taking the Recording King label.[10] Current Recording King products use vintage designs and replicas of pre-World War II parts.[2]

Musicians[edit]

Musicians who use Recording King guitars include Christian Letts of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Justin Townes Earle, John Fahey, Mark Spencer of Son Volt, Will Kimbrough, Lizzy Long, Jonathan Devoto of The Matches, and Rob McCoury.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "RECORDING KING - The Music Link Corporation - Serial Number: 85014031". trademark registration, TradeMarkia.com. REGISTERED 4/12/2011 / Serial Number: 85014031 / Filing Date: 4/14/2010 / Registration Number: 3946444 / Registration Date: 4/12/2011 / ... / Type Of Mark: TradeMark / ...  horizontal tab character in |quote= at position 155 (help)
  2. ^ a b c "A Piece of History with Every Model". RecordingKing.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. Originally a house brand in the 1930’s for Montgomery Ward, Recording King acoustic guitars and banjos were developed in a period known as the Golden Age of musical craftsmanship. ... Building on this storied American tradition, our Recording King guitars, banjos and resonators carry on the legacy of these classic instruments using vintage designs and hand-assembled parts. ... Here in America, Recording King is a brand name with a lot of American heritage. ... 
    Note: recent version of the equivalent page became short and possibly uncertain:
    • "About Us". RecordingKing.com. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b "International Distributors". RecordingKing.com. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  4. ^ Damian Fanelli (Jan 21, 2012). "NAMM 2012: Recording King Updates Jubilee Series Slope Shoulder Guitars". Guitar World. 
  5. ^ Adam Perlmutter. "Recording King ROS-626 Review". Acoustic Guitar (March 2009). Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. 
    Note: recent version of the page has no review.
  6. ^ "Recording King Introduces the RO-310 Acoustic Guitar". Premier Guitar. September 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ Simone Solondz. "Fahey's Recording King Reborn". Acoustic Guitar (October 2001). 
  8. ^ Federico Sheppard. "The Resurrection of the Recording King - John Fahey's 1939 Ray Whitley Recording King". ParachoDelNorte.com. Paracho, Michocan, Mexico: Paracho del Norte. 
  9. ^ Evans, Steve; Middlebrook, Ron (2002-11-01). Cowboy Guitars. Centerstream Publications. p. 1927. ISBN 978-1-57424-102-0. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  10. ^ Henry Yates (29 Jan 2008). "Recording King Carolina RD-27 review". musicradar.com. 
  11. ^ "Artists". RecordingKing.com. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 

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