Model 5 Resophonic Guitar, made by Dobro/Regal (1939)
Model 5 Model Resophonic Guitar, made by Dobro/Regal (1939), made in Chicago, faux wood grain finish, laminated hardwood body, poplar neck, original black chipboard case. Item # 7478
This is an unusual and fairly rare late student-level resonator guitar from the National/Dobro organization, built for them by Regal and offered only in 1939-40.
The 8" cone is a National style (not a Dobro spider type) but smaller than the standard National type, and not often seen. The top and back are finished in faux wood grain, and the instrument rather resembles the cheap imitation resonator instruments built with a coverplate but no actual cone.
With an actual resonator, this would be a far superior instrument sonically, and at an original cost of around $20 was quite the bargain. This unbranded example would have been made for sale by a jobber or retailer instead of sold under the company's own marque. A very cool budget resonator, then as now!
Overall length is 38 in. (96.5 cm.), 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 13/16 in. (46 mm.).
This guitar is very clean overall -- especially for a pre-war instrument. The plating still shines, and the finish is well preserved with just some small dings, dents, and scrapes, mostly to the painted edge "binding".
A fine playing and surprisingly good sounding guitar, with more depth than the small cone would seem likely to offer. Includes a cool period chip case. Excellent Condition.
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