Early 30s Regal 0-size 12-fret in X-braced spruce/maple, 1 7/8” nut and 2 5/16” string spacing, amazing tone, classic looks and excellent playability
Regal Musical Instrument Company was notorious for “borrowing” the Martin guitar body shape and proportions back in the day and this model Regal is guilty as charged. This example was born in the early 1930s as a “Buck Jones” cowboy guitar with a stenciled top, solid body finish, tailpiece and floating bridge. The imported slothead neck, updated X-bracing, radius’d ebony fretboard with adjustable truss rod and stylish pyramid bridge transformed this old cowboy into a modern player with classic Martin proportions. Wonderful vintage parlor guitar for the fingerstyle player with medium to large hands.
SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, X-braced book matched spruce top in satin lacquer finish, maple sides and back in clear satin lacquer finish, poplar neck in matching worn finish, adjustable truss rod, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding side dots, Golden Age tuning machines, oval neck profile, radius’d ebony fretboard with new frets, new ebony bridge, tortoise style binding around sound hole, top and back, unbleached bone pins, nut and saddle . Nut width: 1 7/8”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 25”, Upper bout: 9 3/16”, Lower Bout: 13 1/8”, Body length: 18”, Widest body depth: 3 11/16”, Overall length: 37 3/4”, 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
CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition. Hairlines rehydrated and cleated tight, factory top patch lower treble side hid under original painted stencil until unveiling. Upgrades included slothead neck, neckset, new X-bracing, new fretboard/frets, adjustable truss rod, ebony bridge, tuning machines and finish touchups. Please note that vintage surfaces will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises.
SOUND: Tone poured out of the sound hole as soon as the new string set took hold. Rich, full with above average sustain. Wider string spacing than most but oval neck profile helps soften the chunkiness. Neck plays easy with no dead spots and adjustable truss rod will help to keep it playing that way.
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