There are many affordable guitars on the market, of all shapes and sizes, worthy of being purchased. Many of them have unifying qualities, such as the materials used in their construction, the low price, as well as the price they have. Still, even among the seas of similarity, there are instruments which stand out. Whether it is thanks to the construction, design or hardware, we will find out in the more in depth look at one of them: The Recording King RD-A9M EZ Tone Plus.
First and foremost, we have to mention the design of this guitar. The dreadnought body shape is bulky and slightly heavier than what most beginners might be used to. Despite this, it is also one of the most potent shapes in terms of amplifying the sound and keeping it strong and full. Thanks to the fact that relatively light tonewoods are used, this guitar remains more lightweight and better suited for beginners who have yet to get used to holding a guitar while playing.
The top wood of the guitar is Engelmann Spruce. This tonewood can often be seen used among affordable guitars for its beautiful resonance with the mid and high register tones of the guitar. It adds the liveliness and energy so many musicians crave in their instruments. The solid mahogany back and sides of the guitar are light, and act as a nice balancing counterpoint to the brightness of the spruce by bringing out the lower register tones of the guitar. Overall, a well designed and sturdy body with a nice combination of tonewoods.
The neck of the guitar continues the mahogany trend of the back and sides of the guitar. The material is sturdy and lightweight, not adding too much weight to the guitar itself. The neck is slender and comfortable to play, with the rosewood fretboard being very smooth and not tiring for the fingers.
Overall the guitar has a very nice construction quality.
The hardware on this guitar is chrome finish, just like with most guitars, resulting in a sturdy and long lived guitar. The nut and saddle material is bone, a great material that resonates the sounds traveling through the guitar very well and lasts a longer time than most other materials. The tuners are chrome finish as well and seem to be resistant to the tuning stability issues that most other affordable acoustic guitars suffer from.
The sound of the guitar is exceptionally pleasing to the ear. Among an army of guitars of the same price, this one especially stands out, vibrant sound with lively overtones and undertones that are as warm as hot cocoa. The spruce top is the reason for the vibrance and the liveliness of the guitar, while the mahogany back and sides, combined with the bone nut and saddle are the reason for the warm and smooth as butter lower register sounds. Definitely a sound worth way more than the guitar is sold for.
The Recording King RD-A9M EZ Tone PLUS is a great guitar, especially for the price range it is in. With an excellent construction quality and great choice of tonewoods. Add in the fact that you get a bone nut and saddle, as well as steady tuners, and you have an affordable, beginner acoustic guitar that beats most of the others in its category. Definitely a guitar worth considering, if you are looking to pick one up.