1/13/2013

c.1930 Regal-made Mahogany Soprano Ukulele


This pretty little uke outwardly looks a bunch like period Harmony builds, but when one gets "under the hood" so to speak, and looking at the details, it's becomes obvious that it's a Regal make. The neck width and cut/shape, headstock profile (with its routed edges), bridge type, binding type, and bracing are all more familiar to me from Regal designs. Still, the smaller-size body shape with soundhole pushed up more towards the upper bout makes it feel Harmony in looks.

In either case, this is a nice mid-grade uke with fancier-than-normal styling and solid mahogany used throughout (though the fretboard and bridge are dyed maple, like many Regal designs).


My work included a neck reset, bridge reglue, fret level/dress, new replacement tuners (the old ones were, unfortunately, shot), and of course cleaning and setup. It's a sturdy little uke with a usual 13" scale and it's in crack-free, decent shape with the usual finish and use-wear all over. The one "detraction" (or plus, I think) is that below the bridge someone has scratched in (lightly) "Bill Sanders."


Cool multi-ply celluloid was used in the bridge saddle. After the neck set, the action at the bridge didn't need to be adjusted at all.


Bound top, back, soundhole, and freboard. Classy! The fretboard extension over the body gives us 3 extra frets compared to a typical uke, too, so real high-up chord-solos will work just fine.


The nut is a replacement bit from my parts bin as the original had been chipped out.


Pearl dots in a 15-fret board. The frets have been leveled and dressed and are in good, tall order.



Simple, but good-stock mahogany.

Tone-wise, this projects nicely like most Regals and has a dry tone that's very balanced. This means it's great for popping a mic in front of.









The new friction pegs work just fine.


Good heel join.

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