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Regal RC-1 Polychrome Duolian Guitar

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This metal-body Regal RC-1 resonator recalls the classic instruments of the 1930s with its pearloid peghead veneer, rolled-in F-holes, grey polychrom...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Deco Duolian for down-home Delta blues.

This metal-body Regal RC-1 resonator recalls the classic instruments of the 1930s with its pearloid peghead veneer, rolled-in F-holes, grey polychrome enamel finish, and spun 9-1/2" biscuit cone with spiral ridges for strength, volume, and tone. The RC-1 Polychrome Duolian has a slim neck with adjustable truss rod, rosewood fingerboard, and die-cast 15:1-ratio sealed tuning machines. The original was a bargain in the '30s, and the new Deco Duolian continues that tradition.

The Duolian resonator was a favorite with blues legends such as Son House, Bukka White, and Tampa Red when it first appeared in 1931, because it offered the volume and projection they needed while maintaining the tone they required. As its sound spread throughout the Delta more and more musicians turned to the Duolian, and it became the amplified guitar of the 1930s with its sharp attack and rapid decay. When the blues migrated from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago, so did the Duolian. It became a staple of the south side Chicago blues scene in the '40s, '50s, and beyond.

FEATURES
  • Recalls the classic instruments of the 1930s
  • Pearloid peghead veneer
  • Rolled-in F-holes
  • Grey polychrome enamel finish
  • Spun 9-1/2" biscuit cone with spiral ridges for strength, volume, and tone
  • Slim neck with adjustable truss rod
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Die-cast 15:1-ratio sealed tuning machines
  • Fantastic price
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4.5

(based on 4 reviews)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

no banjo sound!

By Mississippi Pigs Feet Dupruis

from Plymouth, ma.

This Regal is my 4th resonator and I finally found what I was trying to find in a less expensive guitar. From Frank Huchison quick fingerpickin and slide to Son House's rougher sound, this resonator delivers big. And it's the 1st lower priced guitar I haven't had to modfy with quarterman cone, change the nut and try a dozen varieties of strings. the neck is fast and guitar is plenty raw for bare finger pickin' and the set up is perfect for slide and putting down the chords. Most importantly the sound is really great and stay that way in different tunings, never sounding like a banjo. That was a problem for me with the others, which I won't name. lastly and least important to me is the looks. I gig and the polychrome is no finger print worry finish. The thing is prettier than I expected and, owing to the slimmer width, it's comfortable and you don't need a big padded strap - it's very well built and franky I am very surprised overall for the price for a change I got more than I bargained for. At this price point, it would be hard to beat.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This guitar is very good for the money.

By Regal1

from Kansas City

I've owned and played several resonator guitars(Fender, Dobro, etc..) and have found that for the money the regal is one of the better guitars I've played.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not a bell brass, but excellent playability

By Icepickn

from Charlottesville, VA

For the value, it's not bad, but the tone is thin compared to high-end bell brass (or wood body) models. Still, the action and playability are excellent, and I for one like the look; though I have more valuable guitars in my closet, this is the guitar that stays out on the stand and that I first pick up.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

poet/songwriter-nashvillejoe

By nashvillejoe

from punta gorda,florida

Right out of the case at the post office-it was a beauty,people were complimenting on how great this guitar looked.I took it home and tuned it and it has been a croud pleaser ever since and i have only had it for about a week.I am happy with it's overall everything,looks,sound,quality,price and even the weight of it.I wish i had got one sooner.Slidin along/peace/nashvillejoe.

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