This our second one of these unusual resonators in the past two months!
In the mid-1930s, National licensed Regal and Harmony to produce wooden bodies to accept the National resonator cone. Regal went on to produce wood-bodied resonators under its own name, as well as for catalog and music store sales. Mark Makin, in his new book on resonator guitars, reports that this guitar is likely such an example, and that John Dopyera believed these were also known as 'Rositas'. The specs of the guitar are that of a Regal/Dobro Model 6. The body is typical ply construction, and the soundwell accepts a small 8" National cone with biscuit, which gives this model a slightly different tone compared to the typical larger cones found in Trojans. The neck is likely poplar shaped to a very comfortable soft 'V' profile. The neck has a National 'B' series serial number stamped into the top of the headstock, which places it in 1936 according to the National serial number register, but Makin dates these to 1939 in his text. The 'piano grain' finish is similar to metal-bodied National guitar of the late 30s.
This guitar is an amazing survivor, in excellent ++ original condition, with no evidence of any work or even a neck set! Only a few nicks from use, a hint of finger wear on the fretboard and neck, very slight oxidation on the cover plate, a screw hole in the heel from a strap button, and a bit of case rash on the sides of the lower bout.
The guitar is set up with a very comfortable action, plays like a dream with a sound that is unique..loud, piercing trebles, and mellow and distinct bass notes, for both slide and fingerstyle. This is a very rare and cool blues guitar, snappy to both the eye and ear, in 'collector-grade' condition. Comes with its likely original 'Protex' soft case. Be sure to check out the sound clip!
|~1936||Near Mint||Piano Grain Sunburst||Original Soft|
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