1920s Regal 0-size 12-fret in ladder-braced solid birch, 1 3/4” nut and 2 1/4” string spacing, barn find, bluesy tone, excellent playability


This example was born in the 1920s as an affordable alternative to the more pricey guitars being introduced to the market after WWI. Somewhere along the way the guitar was left in a barn for many years and showed its age upon arrival at the shop. The guitar was completely dismantled and rebuilt to modern standard for structure and playability. Updated top-bracing, radius’d fretboard with new frets and adjustable truss rod and more transformed this old gal into a wonderful old parlor guitar with an awesome vintage vibe. The only remaining feature from its days in the barn is the patina.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, ladder-braced solid birch top, sides and back in as-found patina finish, poplar neck in matching 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, cream style binding, unbleached bone nut and saddle, bone bridge pins. Nut width 1 3/4”, String spacing 2 1/4”, Scale length 24”, upper bout 9 1/4”, lower bout 13 3/16”, body length 18 1/8”, Overall length 37”, Depth at end block 3 7/8”, Neck depth at 1st fret 7/8”, Neck depth at 5th fret 7/8”, Action: 3/32” - 1/8” per customer request, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 Custom Light Gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition. Upgrades included neckset, new top-bracing, new fretboard/frets, adjustable truss rod, bridge, binding and finish touchups. Tuning machines with black buttons are period but not a set. 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 bluesy vibe. 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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