9/08/2012

c.1935 Regal-made 0-18T-ish Tenor Guitar


I didn't work on this, and it's not a customer's guitar, but a fellow did stop by and let me take a look at it, and I gave him a bit more about its history. This is a nice-quality Regal tenor from around 1935 and sports the squashed-body Martin 0-18T tenor guitar shape that so many brands of the day aped.

With a 14-fret join, deeper and wider-than-normal (at that time, for a tenor) body, and long 23" scale, it's a "modern" instrument with good, warm, sweet, and big tone. Regal made similar instruments for the Tonk Bros who ran the Washburn brand name at that time, and I've seen nearly identical instruments (slight cosmetic changes) marketed under the Washburn brand before.


This sports solid mahogany back, sides, and neck with a good solid spruce top. The board is rosewood and the bridge is a stained maple with bone saddle. The trim and detailings are very martin-inspired with the plain black binding and lined purfling with 3-ring rosette. This guitar appears to have been at least topcoated and perhaps refinished during its lifetime.


I'm pretty sure the saddle is a replacement, but the dyed-black pins are original.



Nice mahogany!



There's that Regal label. It's nice that it's extant.


Original endpin.

Can you see how this is so close in "looks" to an 18-style Martin?




These tuners look like replacements cut down from 3-on-a-plate types. I'd almost guess that there were friction pegs on this when it was built... maybe.

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