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The wide lower bout (15 inches, with a 9-inch waist and 10-inch upper bout), creates a tone that's warm and sweet, “folksy.” Bass presence is substantial. Trebles are strong and mid-range is especially assertive.
Anything you’d want to play on a small-bodied Martin will be a kick to play on this guitar: country blues, old-timey, rags, Great American Songbook, etc.
Regal made Junior Jumbos from the Depression to the early 50s. This example, private-labeled "Bostonian," has a modern-ish neck profile -- more D-shape than V -- so it’s likely from the 40s or 50s. It closely imitates the Kalamazoo KG-11, a model from Gibson’s Depression-era budget line. (But a KG-11 will be about twice as expensive.)
It shares with the KG-11 a 14-fret neck, ladder bracing, and a wide-hipped configuration (though it is an inch wider than a KG-11). The Kalamazoo was more stiffly built, and thus more punchy. This Regal version is more open, mellow, and sustaining, with better string-to-string separation.
The nut is 11/16ths inches, scale length 24 3/4 inches. Overall length is 38 ¾ inches.Action is 5/32nds inch bass side, 1/8 inch treble side.
The neck set appears to be original. As best as I can tell, everything is original except the strings, which are fresh Elixir lights. Set-up work included reducing bridge height a tiny amount, retaining a good break angle at the saddle and bringing the action down comfortably low. Back and sides are probably birch. Body is unbound, but looks bound because it was left light-toned when the top, back, and sides were masked in preparation for the original sunburst finish. Top is solid spruce, with an assortment of dings but also some handsome long-axis lacquer checking. Back has some buckle scratches, but also has pretty color gradations. Apparent side cracks along the bass bout are stable to the touch and seem only to be in the lacquer. Tuners appear to be original, but rust-free, open-back Klusons. “R 19” is factory stamped on the back of the headstock. Frets show almost no wear and the multi-dotted Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is exceptionally clean and free of wear spots. It looks like it used to have a heel cap, probably celluloid and easy to replace (or not).
No case, but it will be very carefully packed and fully insured. Please see my auctions for other unusual vintage instruments. $500. CONUS shipping $65
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