1930s Regal “1st National Institute Allied Arts” 0-size 12-fret “barn find” in ladder braced solid birch, 1 3/4” nut, bluesy rebuild including new stainless frets.


Some rebuilds aren't meant for a meticulous body refinish and this old Regal is surely one of them. Barn found and grain fed, this guitar was completely rebuilt to modern standard for structure and playability however the barn “vibe” was left untouched. Can’t help but attribute its bluesy tone to seasoned tone woods but I’ll admit that a fine setup don’t hurt one bit. An American classic with character to spare.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with paddle headstock, ladder-braced solid birch top, sides and back in as-found finish, poplar neck with adjustable truss rod, vintage tuning machines, Soft V neck profile, new radius’d rosewood fretboard with new medium frets, new rosewood bridge, MOP inlays, bone nut and ebony pins, bone saddle. Nut width: 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 24”, Upper bout: 9 3/4”, Lower Bout: 13 1/4”, Body length: 17 3/4”, Widest body depth: 3 3/4”, Overall length: 36 5/8”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 1”, Action: 3/32”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition with upgraded top bracing to accommodate modern steel strings. Other work included neckset with added truss rod, new bridge, radius’d fretboard/stainless frets, as found finish retained, setup. Please note that vintage, repurposed materials will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises. Any new features added during the rebuild were made to fit in with the old.

SOUND: Great parlor for fingerstyle blues. Full tone with a nice punch when digging in. Click the soundclip link and have a listen. Action can be adjusted to suit your playing style.

PRICE: $699

Link to video soundclip here: https://www.facebook.com/100064479378371/videos/298674249246521



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