Concert Size Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, most likely made by Regal , c. 1928

Concert Size Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, most likely made by Regal ,  c. 1928
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Concert Size Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, most likely made by Regal, c. 1928, made in Chicago, natural varnish with stenciling finish, birch back and sides, spruce top, poplar neck with ebonized fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

This guitar is a lovely if not particularly high-end product of Chicago's Regal company or possibly their crosstown competitor Stromberg-Voisinet, who made very similar products at the time. In either case it most likely dates to the late 1920s. The spruce top is decorated with fancy colored wood marquetry around the outer edge and sound hole, with stenciled floral decoration applied to the top for extra measure. The back and sides are birch stained to resemble mahogany, while the bridge and fingerboard are dyed maple. The poplar neck has a typical period "V" profile with a slim slotted headstock. This is a very nice example of the genre, and a completely authentic instrument for period playing styles.
Overall length is 37 in. (94 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 1/4 in. (616 mm.). Width of nut is 1 7/8 in. (48 mm.).

This guitar shows some wear and old repair but remains all original and remarkably playable for an instrument of this time and place. The finish shows small dings, dents, and scrapes overall but no large areas of wear, except some pick marks below the strings. The top has a couple of old repaired cracks between the bridge and the back edge, and the center seam has been resealed.

The bridge is original with a new bone saddle and has likely been reglued neatly. The neck and frets are in very good shape and this guitar plays and sounds quite well within the limits of its construction. A very cool authentic period instrument that is more fun than most to play, with a comfortable action and surprisingly good sound. Includes a somewhat functional original case...well-preserved for nearly 100 year old chipboard! Overall Very Good + Condition.