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Jan 20, 2020 - 4:20:23 PM
3 posts since 1/20/2020

Hi all,

I've been playing guitar for a while and I've always liked the sound, so I'm looking to get a dobro. I found the one attached for sale for $300, just wondering if that's a good price/ is this a guitar worth buying? All I know is it's a Regal from the early 80's,, and the headstock doesn't have serial numbers on it. I thought it might be a model 60d, but I don't know. Can anyone help in any way identifying the guitar and a price range?

Thank you!!


Edited by - roadsalt on 01/20/2020 16:22:17

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:02:54 PM

64 posts since 11/24/2019

You might compare the way it looks to photos you might see on, Elderly, Gruhn's or Carter's. Look for details like the holes at the end of the fingerboard, etc.

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:38:22 PM

3299 posts since 7/27/2008

60D? That is a model number for an OMI Dobro made in Southern California from the early '70s to the late '90s. Never heard of it as applied to an imported Regal. 

The Regal would be a decent starter instrument. I can't tell from the photo who produced the video, but the Stacy Phillips Chord book is a nice thing to have. 

I would try to get the seller to accept ballpark $225-$250 for the package. Is there a case included? 

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:45:53 PM

3 posts since 1/20/2020

Whoops, I called it a 60D myself, but everything I've learned about dobros I've learned today, so clearly I got that wrong.

I'm pretty sure the case comes with it, ad doesn't say, but it's pictured in one.

So this is a regal made to look like the OMI 60D then?

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:16:55 PM

3299 posts since 7/27/2008

It looks more or less like a Model 60 but as you can see in the photo below of a very clean  mid 1970s 60D the shape is a little different. No doubt this Regal has a soundwell like an OMI Dobro.

Just so you know, there isn't anything particularly exceptional about a 1970s - 90s Model 60 Dobro. They are solid run of the mill guitars. 

Don't know what the upper limit is on your budget, but for a few hundred bucks more than what the seller is asking for this Regal you can get a much better instrument that you will be happy with for likely several years or more. 


Jan 21, 2020 - 9:28:52 AM

64 posts since 11/24/2019

See if the seller will take a close-up photo of the decal on the headpiece. On the ones with a decal, you will see one of two things in fine print right below the Regal logo. The older ones say "Chicago." The newer ones say, "San Francisco." The newer ones are made in China. This doesn't mean they are bad instruments. See if you can get the instrument with return privileges.

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:38:17 AM

243 posts since 9/24/2014

Is it a round neck or square? Do you want to play lap style or bottleneck? If lap style i would want a square neck and that one looks kinda like a round neck with a converter nut in the pic. There is a square neck Regal in the classifieds for the same money iirc.

Jan 26, 2020 - 12:41:30 AM

307 posts since 9/9/2016

Modern Era Import Regals in broad strokes have two model number " families - RD-30 , and RD-40 . But they can get funky with different sub models in different years . ie hypothetically a RD-37 , or RD- 42 , or whatever . And it's not really worthwhile to try to translate , just describe by actual features .


For people who accept that entry level imports have a reason to exist , the Regals are as decent as to be expected for their catagory .

It is a very steep and slippery slope of " But for just $ xxx more , you could get XYZ instead ." IF $300-ish price point is the controlling parameter for you , then a used Regal that you inspect for buzzing , rattling, or gross setup faults .

If $300-ish isn't controlling parameter , the next meaning step is to $700- $900 range .

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:15:34 AM

2095 posts since 8/5/2008

The Regal Black Lightning is usually the best of the import Regals. A used one should be found under $500.

Feb 9, 2020 - 8:49:19 AM

135 posts since 8/6/2008

My first reso was a Regal [import] I think the same model [they use numbers 45/55/60 - but not letters] Ok starter dobro. I sent mine to Beard for their $200+ tune up. After that most of its problems went away. Put in a new cone, etc. and it makes a world of difference. The Beard Goldtones are already set up.. but hard to find now.

Feb 9, 2020 - 5:45:48 PM

301 posts since 8/24/2013

RD 40 has a Quarterman cone. I've seen these at around $230.00 new. They have some fancy inlay work on head stock that looks a lot like Blueridge. This could be since Saga imports both. The Regal RD 40 is a well made instrument.

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