Recording King

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Recording King
Recording king logo.png
Product typeMusical instruments
OwnerMusic Link Corporation (c. 2010–)[1]
CountryUnited States
Introduced1930s [2]
Discontinued1939 (1940); then revived in 2007
MarketsWorldwide [3]
Previous ownersMontgomery Ward (1930s)
Registered as a trademark in12 April 2011 (latest), United States [1]
1940 Recording King archtop by Gibson
Recording King Tricone (after 2007)
Singer songwriter Caitlin Canty writes and plays her songs with a 1930s Recording King guitar

Recording King is a musical instruments brand currently owned by The Music Link Corporation,[1] based in Hayward, California, which also produces other musical instrument lines.

Range of products commercialised under the Recording King brand are acoustic and resonator guitars, and banjos.[4] Their guitars are designed in America, manufactured overseas and sold worldwide.[3][5][6]

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 by The Music Link in Hayward, CA. Current Recording King products use vintage designs and replicas of pre-World War II parts.[2]


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, Caitlin Canty, Elvis Presley, Jonathan Devoto of The Matches, Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Rob McCoury and Buster Scruggs.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "RECORDING KING - The Music Link Corporation - Serial Number: 85014031". trademark registration, REGISTERED 4/12/2011 / Serial Number: 85014031 / Filing Date: 4/14/2010 / Registration Number: 3946444 / Registration Date: 4/12/2011 / ... / Type Of Mark: TradeMark / ...
  2. ^ a b c "A Piece of History with Every Model". Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. Originally a house brand in the 1930s 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". Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  3. ^ a b "International Distributors". 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". 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. ^ "Artists". Retrieved 2015-07-22.

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