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    Hello mandocafe, I just purchased this tenor guitar for a good price, but I can't seem to find one just like it anywhere else on the Internet? How old do you think this tenor could be? I know it says regal directly on the headstock, but I can't find one like this anywhere. Hope you guys can help shed some light as I'm really curious.

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    Hello mandocafe, I just purchased this tenor guitar for a good price, but I can't seem to find one just like it anywhere else on the Internet? How old do you think this tenor could be? I know it says regal directly on the headstock, but I can't find one like this anywhere. Hope you guys can help shed some light as I'm really curious.
    Those photos are kind of dark, but I'm guessing 1930s-1940s.

    Here's some Regal tenors from that era with the same headstock shape and pin bridge design.

    https://antebelluminstruments.blogsp...or-guitar.html

    https://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.com/2012/09/c1935-regal-made-0-18t-ish-tenor-guitar.html

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    Default Re: Can someone identify this tenor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler C View Post
    Hope you guys can help shed some light as I'm really curious.
    I shed as much light as I can with Photoshop:

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    Wow, I've never even seen it that clear! The pictures I posted were pictures that the seller provided. I don't have it yet. Thanks for those.

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    Default Re: Can someone identify this tenor?

    As best I can tell from scanning Bob Carlin's interesting, but sometimes frustrating, book Regal Musical Instruments, 1895-1955, Regal started putting pickguards on its guitars in the mid-1930's, and the green oval label with the crown is seen on 1940's instruments. So I'd say somewhere around WWII, as a SWAG (Scientific Wild-As*ed Guess).
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