Recording King Swamp Dog Parlor Resonator – Distressed Vintage Green


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Straight from the Mire — the Swamp Dog Resonator Rises!

For years now, electric guitars have been graced stunning aged finishes, so Recording King thought, “Why not resonators, too?” That’s the idea behind the Swamp Dog Parlor! This brass-bodied resonator is a sweet-sounding instrument with a mucked-up finish plucked straight from the bog. Though it looks aged, the Swamp Dog Parlor is a performance-minded machine with a smaller body and a more shimmering voice than a standard resonator. It’s great for slide, fingerpicking, or simply infusing your usual tunes with serious vintage tone. A bell brass body, top-notch hardware, and a full-size 9.5-inch hand-spun resonator cone give the Swamp Dog Parlor a large and raspy voice with incredibly playability to match.

Built for comfort

The Swamp Dog boasts a number of upscale features that won’t break the bank. A shapely parlor body ensures vintage articulation and playability that’s made for travel, gigs, or simply keeping it within reach and on display in your living space. Meanwhile, a comfortable mahogany neck and a rosewood fingerboard ensure great playability whether you’re plucking intricate dusty melodies or wailing on your Great Depression-era tune with a slide. This instrument also features a vintage “V” neck carve, which makes fretting feel natural and easy up and down the neck.

Oxidized finish

As it turns out, metal resonators accept aged finishes swimmingly. The Swamp Dog’s exterior has been carefully oxidized to create unique aged green splotches across the body. Owning a Swamp Dog is like finding a pawn shop resonator that spent a good deal of time outdoors on swampy porches, exposed to the elements.

Resonator power and performance

Despite its slim size, Recording King went to great lengths to ensure this parlor guitar has stellar volume and projection. The Swamp Dog Parlor Resonator body is made from only the finest bell brass. This body yields distinct metallic tone that’s classic and rich with slightly enhanced high-end clarity compared to a standard resonator guitar. Sound is further amplified by a hand-spun 9.5-inch European resonator cone that outperforms mass-produced stamped cones in every way including tone, volume, sustain. Because the Swamp Dog Parlor’s cone is full size, this parlor guarantees big sound but in a smaller, more convenient package. And at either end of this guitar, you’ll find premium hardware that leaves nothing to chance: there’s a bone nut, a hardwood ebony saddle, a maple bridge, and sturdy nickel tuners with an 18:1 ratio for reliable and smooth workhorse performance 24/7.

Recording King: retro refreshed

The landmark Recording King brand traces its origins back to 1930s building contracts with the retail titan Montgomery Ward. During the early days of radio and recorded music, affordable but well-crafted Recording King guitars, banjos, and resonators swept across the nation far and wide. Now revived, Recording King hearkens back to those early days of production-line American instruments built for pros and budding musicians alike. Nearly a century later, these retro models take their cues from vintage designs for results that look and sound like their 1930s counterparts.

Recording King Swamp Dog Parlor Resonator Features:

  • Premium metal-bodied resonator guitar with an oxidized vintage green finish plucked from the swamp
  • Nickel-plated bell brass top, back, and sides deliver incredible projection with classic resonator tone
  • Slim parlor body makes for a highly portable and comfortable instrument with a distinct and shimmering voice
  • Large 9.5-inch resonator cone is hand spun to perfection
  • Vintage design that used formative pre-WWII resonators for inspiration
  • Comfortable satin-finished mahogany neck with a vintage-style “V” neck carve for easy fretting
  • Smooth fingerboard carved from rosewood with 19 frets and abalone shell inlays
  • Sturdy nickel tuners with black button covers and 18:1 tuning ratio for fast and precise tuning
  • Premium hardware increases resonance (a bone nut, ebony saddle, and maple bridge)
  • Dual F-holes balance tone across lows, mids, and highs

Tech Specs

  • Resonator Type:Biscuit
  • Number of Strings:6
  • Body Shape:Parlor
  • Left-/Right-handed:Right-handed
  • Body Style:No Cutaway
  • Color:Distressed Vintage Green
  • Top Material:Bell Brass
  • Back & Sides Material:Bell Brass
  • Body Bracing:Brass Soundwell
  • Neck Wood:Mahogany
  • Neck Shape:V
  • Fingerboard Material:Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay:Abalone Dots
  • Number of Frets:19
  • Scale Length:24.25″
  • Tuning Machines:Open Gear with Black Buttons
  • Bridge Material:Maple
  • Nut/Saddle Material:Bone/Ebony
  • Nut Width:1.75″

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