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Dec 27, 2021 - 8:10:23 PM
2 posts since 11/13/2018

I just took up square neck recently since arthritis pretty much killed my guitar chops. I acquired a Regal square neck slot head that the seller bought used in '96. The serial number is 9505479. It was pretty much a studio queen so it's in pretty clean shape. Can anybody shed a little light before I do any modifications to it?

Dec 28, 2021 - 5:32:52 AM

1315 posts since 8/4/2008

The guitar was probably made in 1995, but we would need to see pictures of the instrument to discuss it further.

Think of it this way:


I acquired a Ford sedan that the seller bought used in '96. The serial number is XYZ123. It was pretty much a Sunday driver so it's in pretty clean shape. Can anybody shed a little light before I do any modifications to it?

Dec 28, 2021 - 5:56:38 AM

LukeL

USA

283 posts since 5/11/2018

quote:
Originally posted by Dreamsinger

I just took up square neck recently since arthritis pretty much killed my guitar chops. I acquired a Regal square neck slot head that the seller bought used in '96. The serial number is 9505479. It was pretty much a studio queen so it's in pretty clean shape. Can anybody shed a little light before I do any modifications to it?


I don't know what modifications you want to do, but upload some photos of it. I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade the cone and spider, as well as nut and bridge inserts if that's what you're thinking of. It's likely a Korean or Chinese built Regal.

Dec 29, 2021 - 7:06:39 PM
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137 posts since 8/6/2008

If you plan to upgrade [ I had one of these old Regals as my first dobro] send it to Paul Beard/Resophonic outfitters in Hagerstown, MD. THEY did a great job on mine. New cone- fitted right- new bridge pieces- new nut and leather on the tailpiece [to stop rattles] Well worth the price of the work and shipping. THEY did my new one too. Resos are mostly parts- and new parts sound better than old - unless its an old- old- vintage model. Then sell it and buy a good one to play.

Dec 30, 2021 - 7:18:42 AM

2286 posts since 8/3/2008

In the vernacular, 1995 is not old, vintage or anything. It's a modern guitar.

Not to be confused with and "Old Regal" from 1933. :-)

Have fun.

h

Dec 30, 2021 - 11:30 AM

3970 posts since 7/27/2008

Adding to what others have posted:

1. If 1995, probably made in South Korea. Saga Music in the SF Bay Area revived the Regal brand around 1987 and I believe started having the resos made in Japan and Korea. Later moved to China. The original Regal company went out of business in 1954. No Dobro or Regal resos were made once the U.S. became involved in WW2 due to the demand for metal to aid the war effort. 

2. what we've been hearing for quite some time is that even if you want to, Beard isn't doing setups, particularly on non Beard guitars. They are apparently backed up trying to keep up with the demand for their guitars. Kim wrote that he had a Regal set up at Beard in the past - he is in West Virginia, Jack is in Washington state. Jack could send it to another setup wizard, also on the East Coast, Bobby Wright in North Carolina. Between the  setup and shipping back and forth it would cost more than the guitar is worth. 

3. Saga Music is typically pretty helpful if you want to contact them to find out the model number, etc. For myself were I just starting out, I would work on my skills in 2022 to see if playing  dobro really "takes" before I start throwing money at it in upgraded components.

https://www.sagamusic.com/

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 12/30/2021 11:31:55

Dec 30, 2021 - 11:51:37 AM
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3970 posts since 7/27/2008

As far as replacing parts and upgrading, if you feel you just really want to give it a shot, you could get everything from Beard's supply business, Resophonic Outfitters.


The typical full monty below re upgrades if you want to try to do it yourself:

Legend  cone - $80 (they also have a $55 cone - very good quality),  #14 Spider - $70, Slotted Shockwave insert - $20, Slotted  bone nut - $15

$185 + tax and shipping so you're out over 200 bucks. 

If you upgrade one item only,  the cone is by far the most important. But if you decide you need more stuff, Beard shipping from Maryland can get pricey to the West Coast, I have ordered a fair amount of items from Resophonic  Outfitters over the years. So it's a good idea to have all your ducks in a row as far as what you're trying to accomplish before placing an order.   

Be aware if you do go for the full upgrade program, and you get bit hard by the dobro bug and want to get a higher quality guitar down the line, unless you scored this Regal for next to nothing  you probably won't get your money out of it if you were to sell it. I've seen in classifieds in the Facebook Dobroholics page where people are asking $600-$700 for an upgraded modern imported Regal and they become  a little frustrated  when the guitar won't sell for that price,  and they end up taking a loss. 

http://resophonicoutfitters.com/

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 12/30/2021 12:09:42

Jan 14, 2022 - 9:18:14 AM

352 posts since 9/9/2016

It's akin to lifting your 4x4 , souping up your muscle/ sports car , refinishing your firearm , etc . Will you get back your expenditures at resale ? Essentially never . Will you derive $ X worth of satisfaction and enjoyment from your expenditures ? Maybe , that's up to you .

How good/ bad is it now , as- is ? Rattling , buzzing , uneven , seriously bad tone ? Or just a basically functional basic Import ?

If otherwise basically OK , a cone replacement is simple to do yourself .

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