1930s Regal 0-size, 12-fret slotted in ladder braced solid birch, 1 13/16” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, fantastic tone from a vintage parlor classic


Regal borrowed heavily from the Martin factory body sizes and proportions back in the day, perhaps, so as to associate more with the market standard rather than with other early makers of acoustic guitars? As a result, early Regal parlors are a little longer and a little deeper, which translates into a more appealing look (folky inlays were added later) and nicer tone today. This example sounds really great and the playability is top notch.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, poplar neck with fixed steel reinforcement, ladder-braced solid birch top in burst finish, solid birch sides and back in stained finish, bound top, Golden Age tuning machines, “C” neck profile, rosewood fretboard with new frets, funky and folky MOP markers, rosewood bridge, bone nut and saddle, bone pins. Nut width: 1 13/16”, String Spacing: 2 5/16“, Scale length: 24.56”, Upper bout: 9 1/4“, Lower Bout: 13”, Body length: 18 1/4”, Widest body depth: 3 7/8”, Overall length: 37”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 13/16”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid condition with no issues. One back hairline repaired. Evidence of prior tailpiece. Prior fret leveling addressed. Body and finish has scuffs, crazing, squiggles, edge wear, etc ‘cause it’s old. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, updated bracing, bridge and setup.

SOUND: Wonderful fingerstyle and fingerstyle blues tone thanks for 80+ year old woods and a great setup.

PRICE: $699


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