c.1935 Regal Upscale "Parlor" Guitar

Update 2012: I'm now sure that this was a Regal product, especially judging by the bridge, fretboard, and general hardware and appointments and construction.

Wowza! Someone will be a very happy camper when they get their hands on this guitar. It's in fantastic condition with great finish, super looks, a loud, punchy voice and a bunch of features that you just don't see on modern instruments.

For example: extremely high quality spruce top (flattop and ladder braced), fancy flamed maple (solid) back, solid maple sides and neck, cool tortoise pickguard, and an elevated fretboard extension and neck joint like an archtop. It's got a 24" scale with a 1 3/4" nut and a radiused rosewood fretboard which gives it a relaxed and comfy feel. It also resounds like nothing else with that "on-board reverb" like you hear on gypsy jazz or quality archtop guitars. In fact, that's what this thing sounds like -- like one of those smaller-bodied Gibson round-hole archtops ala Robert Johnson style. It'll cut and pop and zing, too.

My work included a light fret dress, parts cleaning, general cleaning, and setup. Also sinking some glue into a very tight hairline (hard to see it in the photos) crack on the treble upper bout top (with the grain).

Cool headstock and helpful for identification. While the body style and built (especially the bracing inside) looks like a Regal to me, this headstock is more reminiscent of a Harmony from the times (this guitar is c.1930s).

Radiused rosewood fretboard and celluloid dots... in real great shape. Killer feel.

Celluloid-bound soundhole.

Sweet pickguard!

Nice adjustable and compensated rosewood bridge.

Simple and effective tailpiece.

It's nice to see this style of build with a 12-fret neck. Gives it a lot of volume over similar guitars with the shorter-bodied 14-fret join.

Nice mellow wine-colored maple sides.

See how nice that finish is?

...and there goes yer breath! Nice maple, huh?

...real nice... did I mention the top and back are bound in cream celluloid binding?

Tuners are c.1940s or c.1950s replacements. Originals probably had bakelite buttons on squared-off plates.

Good strong neck joint.

Tailpiece area.