Buying By Gut Instinct

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Buying By Gut Instinct

Postby Lo-Fi » Sun Sep 08, 2013 2:02 pm

I never buy any guitar I have not held in my sweaty little hands first. But I recently ran across one in eBay that just intrigued the heck out of me. I did not know what it was (the eBay ad stated it was a Kay) but everything in me told me to go for it. So I did and after expending the princely sum of $31 it showed up at my door.

Turns out the guitar is a Regal Recording King Caron Robinson sold through the Monkey Wards catalog between 1939 and 1941. Spruce top, mahogany body and rosewood board and high peaked pyramid bridge. Binding on the headstock, body and soundhole and cool as heck Kluson bent tab double stamped strip tuners with covers (a dead give away the thing was made by Regal).

It took me a couple of hours but I got the guitar to where I could string it up. Needs a neck reset and the bridge reattached which were no big surprise but it is playable to a point. As it is too cool and rare a guitar to be destined to be turned into a flower planter so it will eventually get fixed up.

Here are some pics from the eBay ad.

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A page from the 1941 Wards catalog

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Re: Buying By Gut Instinct

Postby kiwiblues » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:37 pm

Very interesting looking guitar Lo-fi. Is it a parlour size?
I'd be intrigued as to what it sounds like for slide! :D :mrgreen: :?:
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Re: Buying By Gut Instinct

Postby Lo-Fi » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:36 pm

14" lower bout. I have not attacked it with a slide yet.
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Re: Buying By Gut Instinct

Postby Jakeblues » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:55 pm

Very cool. Looks like a great project.
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