Regal Musical Instrument Company

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Regal resonator guitar

The Regal Musical Instrument Company was established in 1908 in Chicago. By the 1930s, they were one of the largest manufacturers of musical instruments in the world.

Regal specialised in:

  • Hi-End student instruments, sold under the Regal name through major Dealers.
  • Custom-built instruments, produced for professional musicians in the Regal custom shop.

Regal was heavily involved in the production of resonator fretted instruments 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 Laminated bellied 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 distributed five models of banjo under the Regal name, as the exclusive distributors.

In 1987 the Regal name and trademark reappeared as a brand of Saga Musical Instruments. most notable for their 4-string bass resonator guitars,

Previous users of the Regal name[edit]

Regal made a line of mandolins called Blue Comet.

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