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Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar   Squareneck

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The Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar shines in the floodlights and it has the tone to match its showy looks. It features a mahogany body formed...Read More

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Made to be played onstage.

The Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar shines in the floodlights and it has the tone to match its showy looks. It features a mahogany body formed in a 1930s Vintage California shape and is given a black translucent finish. The sound well is trapezoid relieved with rock maple and holds a shop-adjusted Quarterman cone. The neck is solid mahogany and the headstock is adorned with an abalone and pearl black lightning inlay. Bone nut, maple saddle, and nickel-plated hardware.

FEATURES
  • Design inspired by the IBMA song of the year, "Vincent 52" by The Del McCoury Band
  • 1930s Vintage California body shape constructed of mahogany
  • Solid mahogany neck
  • Black translucent finish
  • Traditional Block & Stinger neck/body joint
  • Rock maple, trapezoid relieved sound well
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Bone nut and maple saddle
  • Headstock is adorned with a unique and totally original "Black Lightning" inlay stunningly done in Abalone and Pearl
  • Factory equipped with Quarterman cone and shop adjusted

It's a pretty little thing, and it can sing. Order today.

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RegalBlack Lightning Resonator Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

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Superb Instrument!

I'm intermediate level Dobroist (advanced guitar finger-picker) I needed a Dobro for solo as much as ensemble. If you are beginner to advanced - you cannot miss with this Regal RD-52, this...Read complete review

I'm intermediate level Dobroist (advanced guitar finger-picker) I needed a Dobro for solo as much as ensemble. If you are beginner to advanced - you cannot miss with this Regal RD-52, this intrument appears to be the lowest price at which I can find the quarterman cone for the resonator, which makes this very loud (lots of cut) and full sounding. Just remember it is square-neck for lap playing, not like guitar style. I play mostly jazz/rock, but this instrument got me deep into blues!

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Regal Black Lightning

I had hoped the cover plate and tailpiece would be brass (like some better Regals). They are steel. There were flaws in the finish (finger prints and cloudy areas under the clear...Read complete review

I had hoped the cover plate and tailpiece would be brass (like some better Regals). They are steel. There were flaws in the finish (finger prints and cloudy areas under the clear coat), and dents in the sound screen mesh. Both materials and finish seem to be inconsistent with the advertising claims from Regal (Saga) about the quality of this instrument. Though they are advertised as shop set-up the sound of the instrument I tried was raspy and course. It didn't have the clean tones of a well set-up Dobro. The guitar looked OK except for the finish flaws. I found the green Regal lable on the headstock a bit garrish. The instrument has potential. If it is intended to be played on stage as per Regal's advertising they should check the quality and tone more carefully. The two areas they promised excellence in were appearance and tone. Those qualities just were not there.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Instrument for a Great Price

By 

from Northbridge, MA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Long Life
  • Loud Works Great Onstage
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

      This instrument has a fine sound right out of the box. The only thing I didn't like was the action, it felt soft. I replaced the nut with a more standard nut which raised the action, making the whole instrument have a tighter feel. I also replaced the plain maple bridge inserts with maple/ebony inserts. The ebony is a harder wood and helped make the instrument even more rigid, which helped it give a louder, stronger sound. These parts are available on Paul Beard's website and are not expensive. I've had it set up this way for almost 10 years and no issues with anything coming apart from the extra tension. I've played this instrument alongside much more expensive resophonic guitars, and it holds it's own, which is impressive considering I paid about 10-15% of what a top reso guitar would go for. I use it in my studio and on gigs with a bluegrass band. I also use Beard special 29 strings. Highly recommended!!!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BLACK LIGHTING RD-52

      By 

      from OAK HARBOR.WA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

        A VERY NICE RESONATOR FOR THE PRICE, AND FOR THE BEGINNER

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No Bad..

        By 

        from Va Beach Va

        Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

        After the fix, I am really learning to like it alot!
        I recently got the Resonator bug while watching old Flatt and Scruggs shows on Netflix. I had a Morrel lapsteel and was learning to play Dobro with it. It never sounded quite right. I bought this used from MF and used a sale coupon got a great deal. The instrument is solid and looks pretty good. My only complaint was a buzz coming from some where in the resonator. I took it apart and found that the mounting screws were screwed into the top without any reinforcment and the screws had stipped the wood. This allowed the resonnator to buzz. I used Thick CA glue to harden the wood and reinstalled the screws, problem solved.I like the RD-52 in gets a nice full sound for the price.
        See above
        I got a great deal on this one!

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Superb Instrument!

        By 

        from San Diego, CA.

        Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

        I'm intermediate level Dobroist (advanced guitar finger-picker) I needed a Dobro for solo as much as ensemble. If you are beginner to advanced - you cannot miss with this Regal RD-52, this intrument appears to be the lowest price at which I can find the quarterman cone for the resonator, which makes this very loud (lots of cut) and full sounding. Just remember it is square-neck for lap playing, not like guitar style. I play mostly jazz/rock, but this instrument got me deep into blues!

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        dobro lover

        By 

        from De Ruyter, N.Y.

        Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

        Nice looking dobro, but the factory set-up issomewhat lacking. I've had two and they bothhave come with dented resonators. With this problem of course they don't sound right. Looksto me like they are tighting the bridge screwto much.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Real Nice...

        By 

        from Walton, NY

        Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

        Real Nice guitar.....Great tone from the quarterman cone..nice bass and treble mix..pretty loud when you dig in.Replaced the original strings with D'Addario Flattops (Strings over tailpiece,..not under).Great tone.Get a case for these instruments..it's a Must.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        CANT BEAT THE QUALITY OR SOUND FOR THIS KIND OF $

        By 

        from hagerstown, MD

        Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

        I have been playing bluegrass music for 25yrs.Been playing Dobro (resophonic guitar) for 20 of those years. I have played and owned many an instrument.From vintage Dobro's to Paul Beards whom I know personaly.Folks for the small amount of money this is priced at.It is well worth it.Yes its not a $3000 Beard, but I challenge someone to find the quality and sound this Regal provides for this litte money.Ain't gonna happen.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Regal Black Lightning

        By 

        from South Florida

        Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

        I had hoped the cover plate and tailpiece would be brass (like some better Regals). They are steel. There were flaws in the finish (finger prints and cloudy areas under the clear coat), and dents in the sound screen mesh. Both materials and finish seem to be inconsistent with the advertising claims from Regal (Saga) about the quality of this instrument. Though they are advertised as shop set-up the sound of the instrument I tried was raspy and course. It didn't have the clean tones of a well set-up Dobro. The guitar looked OK except for the finish flaws. I found the green Regal lable on the headstock a bit garrish. The instrument has potential. If it is intended to be played on stage as per Regal's advertising they should check the quality and tone more carefully. The two areas they promised excellence in were appearance and tone. Those qualities just were not there.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lightning, Yes!

        By 

        from Indiana

        Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

        This guitar is a great buy. It has the upgrade cone already installed. I got it and wasn't expecting a lot but was surprised at the sound and quality you get. It's not the best guitar you can buy, but I would have to say its the best you can get in its proce range. I have 2 other Regals and I find their sound and quality better than the other low price resonators out there.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        awesome deal!

        By 

        from fountain valley, CA

        Comments about Regal Black Lightning Resonator Guitar:

        This guitar looked and played perfect right out of the box. The finish and setup is flawless. Only the screens were a little warped but hey, no big deal.

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