Regal Mandolin, early 1930ís
Weíre calling this early 1930ís, but it may actually be late í20s Ė either way, its appointments date it to between 1927 and 1932. Very similar to Gibsonís A-style from the same time, we suspect this could be an excellent example of a rarely seen Regal Ultra Grand Deluxe model, featuring the more stylish extended fingerboard, compared with Gibsonís squared-off version. And with a sound-hole in place of the more usual f-holes, this little Regal beauty has amazing projection!
Built at the famous Regal factory in Chicago, construction is all solid Mahogany, the fingerboard is Ebony, and the frets are in immaculate condition Ė like new! The dot markers are genuine mother-of-pearl, the inlaid scratchplate appears to be real tortoiseshell, and the headstock overlay is Holly. The sound-hole is bound in celluloid, inside a three-stripe wooden binding.
The neck is rock-solid, the action is absolutely perfect, and the tone is to die for. (Instrument makers in the twenties and thirties were still using woods that had generally been aged for 15 to 20 years, so these timbers are around 100 years old!) Whether youíre after the ultimate bluegrass or folk instrument, or youíre in a band playing Zeppelin covers, this stunning mandolin will cut it for you perfectly.
The chromed brass tailpiece cover sports a simple, art deco, lily-of-the-valley design, while the tailpiece itself features the earlier, inline hooks, (pre-Gibsonís new standard of a couple of years later).
This fabulous instrument will ship in a brand new hard shell case
Price: AUD$1380.00 GST Included