c.1930 Regal Tenor Guitar

I posted this guitar a ways back but it just came back to me recently as a trade-in towards a good German trade fiddle. This is a Regal tenor guitar, probably c.1930 judging by the inlaid Regal headstock logo, and is the "original" tenor guitar -- Regal being the first company to mass-produce the instrument. As such it's got a minimized 12-fret body with a 21" scale length and a floating bridge plus tailpiece design.

The lightweight build and attention to good materials means that these tenors sound so amazingly good (and loud) for their size that at least in my opinion, they're the best bang for the buck out there unless you're needing a 14 or more fret neck join.

This one has a solid spruce top and solid birch neck, back, and sides. The fretboard is a stained pearwood type and the nut is (replacement) bone and the bridge is (older replacement) ebony. At some point in time this had a pin-bridge glued to it. That was not the factory setup but perhaps someone was trying to convert it to a baritone ukulele?

At any rate, that bridge was removed at some point in its past and this ebony floating one (originally with a bone saddle, but I recut it lower) was popped on as well as the original "Bell Brand" tailpiece.

The headstock shows some wear and tear as does the whole instrument! There are a number of hairline cracks on the back that have been filled/dealt with and there's a brace missing from the back as well, but despite all that it's a solid, well-performing machine -- and ready to go.

Pearl dots in the board. Typical bigger-than-normal (for the time) Regal nickel-silver frets.

Check out all that pickwear to the top! Looks glorious.

This ebony bridge sounds just fine.

The guitar is bound on the top, back, and soundhole.

These are newer Grover friction pegs. The originals, as I recall (it's been a while since I worked on this) had been missing and the holes were drilled out slightly larger, and 4 different types of pegs were on it. This is a much better solution!

Here you can see the plugged holes from when someone removed the aftermarket pin bridge and reinstalled a floating bridge.


Anonymous said...


You're killin' me man.


Antebellum Instruments said...


I try. :D