Regal Musical Instrument Company
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Regal specialised in:
- Mass-produced student instruments, sold under many brands including Regal through all major wholesalers.
- Custom-built instruments, produced for professional musicians in the Regal custom shop.
Regal was heavily involved in the production of resonator guitars from their first development until 1941, manufacturing components and bodies for both the National String Instrument Corporation and the Dobro Manufacturing Company and producing whole instruments which sold under many brand names including Dobro. The bodies of their plywood bellied student guitars were particularly suited to resonator conversion.
Production of resonator guitars ceased in 1941, and of all fretted instruments in 1954. However, in 1965, Fender were distributing five models of banjo under the Regal name, and claimed to be the exclusive distributors.
In 1987 the Regal name and trademark reappeared as a brand of Saga Musical Instruments. As of 2006[update] they were notable for their 4-string bass resonator guitars, as well as a wide variety of more traditional resonator models.
Previous users of the Regal name
- The new owners of Emil Wulschner & Son renamed the company the Regal Manufacturing Company in 1901 and continued using the Regal name on instruments through 1904.
- Lyon & Healy bought the rights to the Regal name in 1905 and used it until 1908.
- http://www.mugwumps.com/faq.htm Banjo FAQ.
- http://www.ukbanjo.co.uk/abjo1.htm The Banjo Story.
- http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/electricguitar/pop-ups/01-07.htm Metal-bodied Regal Dobro, 1940, with historical background.