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Feb 11, 2020 - 4:40:46 PM
2 posts since 2/11/2020

I have a chance to buy this, but I can't figure out who makes it or the year. I figured the diamond logo inset on the headstock would be a give away, but after a lot of google searches and tons of images viewed, I still can't find it.


I was wondering if I should buy it for around 200-300 bucks, but I'm not sure.



Thanks!




 

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:28:24 PM

docslyd

USA

186 posts since 11/27/2014

Beware....some of those old, funky, resonator-looking knock-offs don’t actually have any resonator cone or spider bridge internals. I can’t tell looking at this one but I would save my money towards something that is more likely to be functional....unless you’re looking for a mere decoration.

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:20:10 PM

2 posts since 2/11/2020

Thanks, I just started getting into finding auction and thrift instruments and it's something of a mess.


I found this for sale, not sure what it is, same as with the guitar I just posted. The headstock (not the stripe) and the frets, and the bridge (minus the doves) match the gibson dove, but I can't find a match with it other than a random other image I saw, no clue who makes it.

I have gotten to see a lot of very nice and cool instruments though, it's a blast. I think I want to own 1-5 of everything :P Picked up 50s flute on a whim tonight, lolol.


 

Edited by - OneLineWonder on 02/11/2020 19:20:41

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:55:34 AM

3092 posts since 7/27/2008

Is the resonator here in the U.S. or in the U.K.? This reminds me of one a member was looking into recently but I can't find the thread. 

Looks like it could have been built by Regal in the mid 1930s as a contract for a department store brand. As Eric wrote, might not even have a cone. Weirdly shaped headstock. Might be more trouble than it's worth.

The second guitar looks old enough to be a fake Gibson Dove from the "lawsuit era" which could be the 1970s.  Might even be a decent playing guitar but you have no way of knowing until it's across your lap. 
  
There is an industry of Chinese made counterfeit Martins and Gibsons in the modern era. I get a kick out of how the  latter is referred: "Chibson"

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 02/12/2020 03:08:47

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:19:36 AM

MC5C

Canada

220 posts since 4/22/2015

I think the resonator is a regal made instrument from 1936 - end of production, a low end student model for some distributor. If it has a cone, that is. Should have a cone and a No 14 spider. Probably set neck and no sound well - it has an aura about it that is very similar to my Model 25 from around 1935.

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:41:15 AM

badger

USA

342 posts since 8/10/2008

I'm in the no-cone "Faux-bro" camp. Might make a nice $20 wall-hanger, otherwise it's a no-go. The Dove looks like a complete fake. Back in the Vietnam war era, American soldiers brought back a lot of really poor knockoffs - this might be one of them. Again, no value that I can see, YMMV.

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:37:16 PM
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otbreso

USA

1604 posts since 4/27/2009

Badger, Phillip, Nice to see ya hangin around here again
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Feb 14, 2020 - 12:15:49 AM

38 posts since 11/5/2016

Musketeer faux reso? 

Video

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:25:12 AM
likes this

3092 posts since 7/27/2008

On second thought, it could also be a Kay faux bro from the 1930s. 

I'm with badger - it's wall hanger material if you're going for that "rustic look."

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