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Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader (Video)

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:05 pm
by bottleneckjohn
Folks, just wanted to share this, my dreamguitar has landed! :o :mrgreen:

It's a mid to late 1930's fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader.
I got it yesterday and today it's ready to go!!

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Amazing lustre! Beautifully shaped metal.. :D


Changed the tuners and gave it a new old tailpiece, not original for now. Mark Makin was so helpful and kind and supplied the original but I need to repair it before I can use it! So right now there's a nice old National tailpiece holding the strings! Thanks again Mark, I'll fix that tp and use it later on!!

It was really dull when I opened the box but after a lot of cleaning and polishing it's shining again, ready to dazzle audiences once more with it's cool appearence, lol..!!


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Weirdo spider, some fiddle-edges had these to fix intionation problems.. Cone is dented but it sounds amazing, with sick sustain, hehe... :shock:


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A whole bunch of mushrooms.. Finely crafted neck-stick, mahogany I think.



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Inside front.



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Inside back..



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This one will see a lot of action in blues venues from now on! 8)
Got a new case for it..



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Stud tailpiece will do the trick until the original has been repaired!!



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So simple engravings but yet so fine!! I like this pattern..


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Here it is in a S&R ad, costed a lot more than the porthole Dobro?
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Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:42 pm
by allanlummox
WOW that sure is lovely. Just perfect!

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:38 pm
by bottleneckjohn
Thanks Dan, I'm one happy blues picker!

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:06 pm
by ricbleu
What a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. A good score, John. :D Peace.

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:21 pm
by bottleneckjohn
It was a good deal, so thankful I could finally get me one of these!
The sustain is so freakin' awesome, perfect for playing slide blues, it's almost like playing an electric solidbody guitar, you don't have to work so much for each note, haha!
Hit the string and it'll ring.. :mrgreen:

Video's coming up!

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:22 pm
by leftyguitarman
Whoa! :shock: That is cool! When can we expect soundclips? :mrgreen:

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:33 pm
by bottleneckjohn
leftyguitarman wrote:Whoa! :shock: That is cool! When can we expect soundclips? :mrgreen:


Thanks man!
ASAP.. Will film some stuff tomorrow, the wife and kids are not at home so I can play all I want!! :mrgreen:

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:01 am
by leftyguitarman
Awesome! I look forward to hearing it!

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:21 am
by A J Davies
Awww now I got drool all over my keyboard, man!

Nice piece, really nice!

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:46 am
by kiwiblues
That's a beautiful Guitar John. Where on earth do you get them from way up there in Sweden?
Was it expensive? :mrgreen:

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:50 am
by bottleneckjohn
A J Davies wrote:Awww now I got drool all over my keyboard, man!
Nice piece, really nice!


Hahaha!!! :mrgreen:
Thanks, I'm drooling over here too, have to clean the nickel plating all the time.. :lol:

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:54 am
by bottleneckjohn
Kiwi, the best way to find guitars is on eBay!!
It was expensive for a poor blues singer but still, the price was around 1/3 of what they're asking in Europe for these.. :wha: :blink: :mrgreen:

So I had to get it this time, been a dream for a long while!

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader

PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:14 pm
by bottleneckjohn
Here it is, resonating the blues!


Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader (Video)

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:40 am
by bobby81
One beautiful reso John, congrats. And superlative playing, as always.

Re: Fiddle-edge Regal Dobro M-14 - The Leader (Video)

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:48 am
by Lo-Fi
Congrats Hoss. Strange coincidence but I played am M-14 in my favorite Mom & Pop music store the other day. Not near as brash as a Duolian - more of a polite sound. But no - it did not go home with me. I have too many flippin' guitars laying around as it is.