Regal Musical Instrument Company
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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.
Previous users of the Regal name
- Emil Wulschner & Son, Indianapolis, used the Regal brand name c.1884-1901.
- The new owners of Emil Wulschner & Son renamed the company the Regal Musical instrument 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.
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- http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/electricguitar/pop-ups/01-07.htm Metal-bodied Regal Dobro, 1940, with historical background.