Results 1 to 23 of 23

Thread: Regal

  1. #1
    Gone Fishing Tiderider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
    Posts
    303

    Default Regal

    Here's a Regal I've owned for a number of years. I know it was an inexpensive mandolin in it's day, but it plays well, stays in tune and has a nice sound. I've always figured it was a depression era instrument maybe even late 30's. Can anyone tell me more? Thanks










  2. The following members say thank you to Tiderider for this post:


  3. #2
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,853

    Default Re: Regal

    They made that same mandolin for years. I'd put it 30's-40's. I have the Regal book but unfortunately not with me right now.

  4. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Gilbertsville. New York
    Posts
    1,842

    Default Re: Regal

    My wife has one, but sold under a different brand name (La Melodia). Yours has more deluxe features . I agree though that they can be nice sounding instruments, just not what is generally thought of a "modern sound", The thin wood used on the (birch I think) body of the instrument gives ours a resonater-like sound.

    Similar ones, though not usually as fancy as yours, come up quite often on eBay.
    Bart McNeil

  5. #4
    Gone Fishing Tiderider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
    Posts
    303

    Default Re: Regal

    Thanks Mike and Bart. This one has a rather tubby sound especially if played hard. If it's played with a lighter pick and touch it can be manipulated to achieve a more focused tone, very bell like and responsive.

  6. #5
    Moderator JEStanek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States
    Posts
    13,820
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default Re: Regal

    That mandolin has a ton of character.

    Jamie
    There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. Logan Pearsall Smith, 1865 - 1946

    + Give Blood, Save a Life +

  7. #6
    Gone Fishing Tiderider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
    Posts
    303

    Default Re: Regal

    Thanks Jamie, It has the mojo for sure.

  8. #7

    Default Re: Regal

    i have one with mahogony back and sides and spruce top, i used it as my busking mandolin. i eventually had a neck reset done by a freind who wanted the practice. he did a nice job . it doesn't have a modern sound but it has a loud and woody twang, much nicer than my fender busking mandolin.

  9. #8
    the little guy DerTiefster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.E. Virginia
    Posts
    910

    Default Re: Regal

    My great-great-uncle's Regal-esque birch mandolin has a body and heel looking like that. But you know yours was a Regal already. I don't know whether Gibson initiated the M.o.T.S. fretboard, but their A-Century uses white heavily. So does this. If the A-Century came first, then that puts an upper age on this. But I don't know the answer to my own question.
    You live and you learn (if you're awake)
    ... but some folks get by just making stuff up.

    Michael T.

  10. The following members say thank you to DerTiefster for this post:


  11. #9
    Mando accumulator allenhopkins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Rochester NY 14610
    Posts
    15,888

    Default Re: Regal

    If that's a Pearloid fingerboard, that says "'30's" to me. So "Depression era" makes sense. Regal put Pearloid on ukuleles and guitars; most guesstimated dates found by Google search seem to be "late '30's." Didn't find another Pearloid-fingerboard mandolin.
    Allen Hopkins
    Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello
    Natl Triolian Dobro mando
    Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
    H-O mandolinetto
    Stradolin Vega banjolin
    Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
    Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
    Flatiron 3K OM

  12. The following members say thank you to allenhopkins for this post:


  13. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Gilbertsville. New York
    Posts
    1,842

    Default Re: Regal

    For those who want a nice sounding really cheap instrument these are great. But apparently the very thin wood can cause top to buckle a bit from string pressure on the bridge. At least I had to repair mine a bit to raise the bridge up a little. Use light weight strings only.

    These show up quite regularly on eBay and sell for between $20 and $60 depending on condition but the above one would sell for more being far more deluxe and in better shape than mine. If nothing else these are nice looking wall hangers.
    Bart McNeil

  14. #11
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,853

    Default Re: Regal

    Most of these I've seen didn't have real thin tops.

  15. #12
    Gone Fishing Tiderider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
    Posts
    303

    Default Re: Regal

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    If that's a Pearloid fingerboard, that says "'30's" to me. So "Depression era" makes sense. Regal put Pearloid on ukuleles and guitars; most guesstimated dates found by Google search seem to be "late '30's." Didn't find another Pearloid-fingerboard mandolin.
    Allen do you know the composition of the Pearloid fingerboard? It has held up quite well over the years.

  16. #13
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,853

    Default Re: Regal

    Pearloid is more commonly referred to as Mother-Of-Toilet-Seat as it resembled the plastic used on pearloid style toilet seats in the mid century last. It is sometimes referred to by the acronym MOTS. It is an early use of plastic.

  17. #14
    the little guy DerTiefster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.E. Virginia
    Posts
    910

    Default Re: Regal

    Quote Originally Posted by allenhopkins View Post
    ....Didn't find another Pearloid-fingerboard mandolin.
    Allen, What am I missing here? Have I simply failed to understand something you're saying?
    http://www.vintageinstruments.com/mu...dofulpage.html
    You live and you learn (if you're awake)
    ... but some folks get by just making stuff up.

    Michael T.

  18. #15
    Mando accumulator allenhopkins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Rochester NY 14610
    Posts
    15,888

    Default Re: Regal

    Quote Originally Posted by DerTiefster View Post
    Allen, What am I missing here? Have I simply failed to understand something you're saying?
    Probably I was unclear; I couldn't find another example of a Regal mandolin with a Pearloid fingerboard, through Google searching. I was trying to ascertain when Regal used Pearloid for instrument fingerboards, and found several examples of Regal guitars and ukuleles, which had "guesstimated" dates of "late '30's."

    Other manufacturers, Gibson included, used Pearloid on mandolin fingerboards around this period. There are myriad examples of Pearloid-fingerboard banjos, from various manufacturers, as well. The "flash" of the tenor banjo was enhanced by making fingerboards of fake mother-of-pearl. Does anyone have experience with how this material stands up to fingerboard wear?
    Allen Hopkins
    Gibsn: '54 F5 3pt F2 A-N Custm K1 m'cello
    Natl Triolian Dobro mando
    Victoria b-back Merrill alumnm b-back
    H-O mandolinetto
    Stradolin Vega banjolin
    Sobell'dola Washburn b-back'dola
    Eastmn: 615'dola 805 m'cello
    Flatiron 3K OM

  19. #16
    Innocent Bystander JeffD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    23,010
    Blog Entries
    52

    Default Re: Regal

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiderider View Post
    Thanks Jamie, It has the mojo for sure.
    I'll say!
    Indulge responsibly!

    The entire staff
    funny....

  20. #17
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,853

    Default Re: Regal

    Regal
    Regal

    Just as a reference point (thanks Jake):

    Oscar Schmidt
    Harmony?

    I can probably find a few more Regals. It wasn't uncommon but I'm sure it wasn't the bulk of what was being sold.

  21. #18
    Full Grown and Cussin' brunello97's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Ann Arbor/Austin
    Posts
    5,170

    Default Re: Regal

    Mike, I've never run my fingers across one of those fretboards, but to my eye that black and MOTS Regal/Schmidt/Stella from Jake's site is really hot.

    Mick
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	stel1.jpg 
Views:	91 
Size:	41.4 KB 
ID:	92346  
    Ever tried, ever failed? No matter. Try again, fail again. Fail better.--Samuel Beckett
    ______________________

    '05 Cuisinart Toaster
    '93 Chuck Taylor lowtops
    '12 Stetson Open Road
    '06 Bialetti expresso maker
    '14 Irish Linen Ramon Puig

  22. #19
    the little guy DerTiefster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.E. Virginia
    Posts
    910

    Default Re: Regal

    I agree, and it brings to mind the Domino instruments featured in this cafe thread:
    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/sh...omino-Mandolin
    Thanks to all for these very interesting pictures. Too much gets covered with dust over the decades.
    You live and you learn (if you're awake)
    ... but some folks get by just making stuff up.

    Michael T.

  23. #20
    the little guy DerTiefster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.E. Virginia
    Posts
    910

    Default Re: Regal

    Well, here's another almost like the O.P.'s mandolin: ebay #120993372325. It looks Regal-esque to me, anyway, from the headstock and body shape, although it seems to have no label. An "estate find" in NC. Also another "private auction" with someone nibbling the price up for no apparent reason but being bored, or (a bit more cynically) being the seller.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ebay_120993372325_regal_pearloidFB.jpg 
Views:	89 
Size:	143.3 KB 
ID:	92438  
    You live and you learn (if you're awake)
    ... but some folks get by just making stuff up.

    Michael T.

  24. #21
    its a very very long song Jim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    BonCarbo CO.
    Posts
    2,446

    Default Re: Regal

    I've had a blond one of that shape but not as fancy for several years, it sounds great but I've been glueing the top and back on a couple inches at a time as it comes apart a little each year in a different place. Mojo was the first word that came to mind when I got mine as well.
    Jim Richmond

  25. #22
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    22,853

    Default Re: Regal

    The Le Domino instruments were built by Regal.

  26. #23
    the little guy DerTiefster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.E. Virginia
    Posts
    910

    Default Re: Regal

    Can't seem to keep my cut-n-paste straight here. That pearloid fingerboard mandolin above in Regal shape is
    http://search.ebay.com/130776506138
    Sorry 'bout the number mis-paste. The other one was an older Kay-labeled but other-looking headstock oval-hole. The headstock and coloration brought to mind certain other well-loved instruments, but I had no opportunity to follow up on the issue.
    You live and you learn (if you're awake)
    ... but some folks get by just making stuff up.

    Michael T.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •