40s Regal 0-size 12-fret in X-braced solid spruce over birch, 1 3/4” nut and 2 5/16” string spacing, great tone, classic looks and excellent playability


This example was likely born in the late 1940s as an affordable alternative to the more pricey guitars being introduced to the market after WWII. Somewhere along the way the top was blessed with a bumper sticker that left a ghost image that I could not remove for the life of me. Off came the old top and on went a repurposed solid spruce top in its place. The original tailpiece and floating bridge was replaced with a fixed, pyramid bridge. Updated X-bracing, radius’d fretboard with new frets and adjustable truss rod transformed this old gal into a wonderful vintage parlor guitar for today’s fingerstyle player.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with solid headstock, X-braced book matched solid spruce top in satin lacquer finish, birch sides and back in clear satin lacquer finish, poplar neck in tobacco burst finish, adjustable truss rod, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding side dots, period tuning machines, low “C” neck profile, radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, new rosewood bridge, tortoise style binding, unbleached bone nut and saddle, ebony bridge pins. Nut width 1 3/4”, String spacing 2 5/16”, Scale length 25”, upper bout 9 5/8”, lower bout 13 1/8”, body length 18”, Overall length 37 1/4”, Depth at end block 3 5/8”, Neck depth at 1st fret 7/8”, Neck depth at 5th fret 7/8” Action: 3/32”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 Custom Light Gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition. Upgrades included United neck, neckset, new X-bracing, new fretboard/frets, adjustable truss rod, pyramid bridge and finish touchups. 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: Rich, full with above average sustain. Neck plays easy with no dead spots and adjustable truss rod will help to keep it playing that way.

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PRICE: $699

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