1960s Regal 0-size, 12-fret in ladder braced solid birch, 1 11/16” nut, 2 1/4” string spacing, nice all-around player with tone to spare


This model Regal was one of the last stylistic holdovers from the brand before being taking over by Harmony. It has classic parlor looks and proportions with an extremely playability neck. Updated ladder bracing really brought out the best in the aged top, so much so, that the tone defies its pedigree in spades. A classic American made vintage parlor at an affordable price.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with paddle headstock, poplar neck with fixed steel reinforcement, ladder-braced solid birch top in stained red mahogany finish, solid birch sides and back in stained red mahogany finish, period tuning machines, very soft and slight “V” neck profile, rosewood fretboard with new frets, MOP markers, rosewood bridge, bone nut and saddle, ebony pins. Nut width: 1 11/16”, String Spacing: 2 1/4“, Scale length: 24.56”, Upper bout: 9 3/4“, Lower Bout: 13 1/4”, Body length: 17 7/8”, Widest body depth: 3 1/2”, Overall length: 36 3/4”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 15/16”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid condition with no issues. Three back hairlines repaired. 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: Despite being only about 60 years old, this guitar has a sweet tone and sustain (for a ladder braced birch guitar) that only older guitars produce. I never know what kind of sound will come out of a project until the rebuild is complete and this old gal made me one happy camper.

PRICE: $499


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