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Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar  

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Overview
  • Bell brass body
  • Traditional sand-cast T-style spider for great sound
  • Slim mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod
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    $1,095.00
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    - $329.00
  • Your Price:
    $76600

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The voice of a bygone era.

The Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar has the richness and warmth of tone that's dazzled audiences for 75 years. The body is bell-brass, heavily nickel-plated to a mirror finish, and fitted with a traditional sand-cast T-style spider for great sound. The fast mahogany neck has a rosewood fretboard, adjustable truss rod, 1-3/4"-wide bone nut, high-quality sealed-gear Schaller tuners, and a striking art deco pearloid peghead overlay. The hardware is nickel-plated brass.

In the 1920s the guitar was coming out of the parlor and into the concert hall. The technology of the early 1900s, driven by the phonograph and radio, was causing a musical revolution. Amplification was required, and the Dopyera brothers of southern California answered the call. Using 3 spun aluminum speaker cones, a mechanical amplification system was created that allowed the guitar to be heard in the back row of the auditorium. From the jazz bands of the '20s, through the Hawaiian craze of the '30s, from Chicago down to the Delta, the sound of the Tricone defined an era. Its warm, rich tone was the signature sound of blues legends such as Tampa Red, Bukka White, Peetie Wheatstraw, and Kansas Joe McCoy.

Features
  • Bell brass body
  • Traditional sand-cast T-style spider for great sound
  • Slim mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod
  • 1-3/4" wide bone nut
  • Nickel-plated brass hardware
  • Schaller ST6 tuners

Order today and let the sound of your music find its place in a long tradition.

 
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RegalRC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Got Buzz?

Cut to the chase... If your 51 has buzz and you can't quite zero in on the fix, be gentle but pull the 3 screws and find the proper hex wrench and keep...Read complete review

Cut to the chase... If your 51 has buzz and you can't quite zero in on the fix, be gentle but pull the 3 screws and find the proper hex wrench and keep an eye which way your turning it, if the buzz is more crank the other way, slowly and thoughtfully, most everything is a comprise, you want no buzz but also want proper intonation, some like heavy strings.. great but the pull from the low strings are naturally going to put pressure on the neck to be bossed around by that side of the neck, twisting, you mostly won't see much except for string to fret space if that, thats where the truss rod comes in. Takes a little time but 9 times out of 10 this will help out big time. This is not to say its a cure all but if its the neck where i thing Regals QC is the big gripe and should be. Another little tip, the Quaryerman cone/cones are really fine quality but if You want your resonator, in this case to sound say, like Tampa Trds, buy National replacement cones. They will give you smooth... Quartermans unless they have changed in the last year are brighter with an edge. To each there own. I like the cones that are stock but experimented with am insert that is half graphite and half wood, trimmed to fit and its pergect for my no pick fingerpicking slide work. Much of what You get is yout technique whether its a National Res. or a Taylor acoustic or electric anything. As an aside... I am a collector of any footage of the late great icons as well as late great obscure but ocons to me. If you were see the players, you might be surprised by what style guitar they are using, you'll probably say dah, anyone can tell the differents between a wood res., metal, brass, many times the res. is wooden, and about slides, pen knives were a favorite, bone, tube covers,picking with metal picks, long fingernails, finger flesh, what the players all had in common was that they were playing there own material in a way that came naturally for there finger/hand size, arm length which created the humid goo goo voodoo mojo that we strive for on whatever guitar they could afford.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

tricone problems

I have played slide guitar for over 35 years, normally on flat tops or electrics. Though I looked forward to getting a tri-cone, I was sorely disappointed. The model I received had a...Read complete review

I have played slide guitar for over 35 years, normally on flat tops or electrics. Though I looked forward to getting a tri-cone, I was sorely disappointed. The model I received had a poorly cut nut, warped neck and needed a truss rod adjustment. I would have been willing to make those adjustments till I discovered the truss rod was stripped in it's hole. I had to do extensive repair work on it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

so far so good

By geobob in Austin

from Austin, Texas

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Blues

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    I am an acoustic blues fan and have thought about getting a resophonic guitar for a long time. This is my first resophonic guitar, my others are acoustic and acoustic-electric 6 and 12 string and a baritone six string. So far I am happy with it. I have set it up with a set of D-Addario resophonic guitar strings and have it tuned to open G and am learning to play with a slide. So far I am happy with it.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    the FANTASTIC Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar

    By John N. Lumley

    from Chicago area

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    overall, an excellent value!
    when I took it to my local guitar store to find a case for it,
    they were very impressed with the looks and especially the sound (not broken in yet)
    then I mentioned the price and they got very quiet because what they had cost around $3,000.00
    overall, excellent quality of fit n' finish
    however, the screen mesh covering the three cones shows a little at the edges where the triangular cover meets the top (not a big deal)
    the truss rod cover has poorly silk-screened green paint over brass
    a smaller polished silver cover would match the body, similar to the National Resophonic one
    could not find either a metric or inch allen wrench to fit the truss rod screw...
    BUT, neck is OK with heavy strings tuned down to open "D"
    you can find cheaper, but not better
    you can find much more expensive, but only a little better in sound and build

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    cleaning

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    when i recieved tricone, all was well except most importantly the sound was muted. i opened it up and found a film of grease on the cones and when i pulled the cones i found the same greasy film with wood dust. i cleaned the cones carefully and the cleaned the grunge from inside. i put it all together, used same strings and there it was, the sound i had hoped for. what a pleasent surprise to say the least. i thought if these stock cones sound so good i would order national cone, which i did.. received cones and popped them in, what a disappointment. the national cones were louder but they sounded brittle and the sweetness was gone.. replaced with original cones and i am very happy.. good lesson learned, its difficult to put it down i enjoy it so much. different open tunings create new positive surprises.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I Wish I Had Kept It

    By Alabama Blues Legend

    from Adamstown PA

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    I ordered one of these five years ago, kept it for six weeks and sent it back.It is a beautiful instrument and I really liked holding it and looking at it.Unfortunately I didn't like the sound. In retrospect, the problem was, I was playing it in standard tuning and not using a slide. Everything I played on it sounded like I was playimg banjo.Since then, I heard a guy playing one of these and it sounded great. He claimed that he had to do a lot of setup work to get rid of the banjo sound. He said it sounded great for slide right out of the box. Ironically I began playihg slide after I returned the guitar. Considering the relative low cost of this guitar I think spending some extra money on setup would still make it a great deal. The next time I have the money I'm going to get another one.

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Poor Quality

    By Sb7879

    from New York

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    I purchased this to try and save the money and not buy a National, big mistake. After I received this guitar the fires time I noticed the neck was warped, tried a truss rod adjustment it did not turn at all. Sent it back as I was sent another one. Noe the Brass body where the heal of the neck meets the body was cracked through this one was sent back. Received number three 2 weeks later and the same issue. Poor quality, and craftsmanship. The sound was very thin and bright. Not to hapy with that too.Overall don't buy from Made In China. Buy Made in The USA.I spent the money for the National 1.5 and this guitar is the sweetest guitar and well worth the money. Did not have to adjust anything as you read here.

    Comment on this review

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    tricone problems

    By Erico49

    from wetern michigan

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    I have played slide guitar for over 35 years, normally on flat tops or electrics. Though I looked forward to getting a tri-cone, I was sorely disappointed. The model I received had a poorly cut nut, warped neck and needed a truss rod adjustment. I would have been willing to make those adjustments till I discovered the truss rod was stripped in it's hole. I had to do extensive repair work on it.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A little tweaking

    By Mr Slide

    from Newport News, VA

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    I've owned this baby for two years now, when first delivered I thought it looked great and sounded okay. I felt the action was high and didn't project as well as I thought it should. I trimmed the maple bridge by a 16th of an inch, and opened the guitar, and what a surprise, masking tape under the cones! I removed the tape, buffed the heavy finish off the neck using 600 grit sandpaper, and this baby went from mellow yellow to screaming vintage walkin blues! I had a professional musician friend of mine play it and he was amazed over the playabilty and sound change, and so am I. I felt it important to pass this on. Fingerstyle or slide, it does both with a venomous attitude. With no exagerration, it sounds like I paid 3000 dollars for this guitar.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Got Buzz?

    By Pigs Feet Dupuis

    from plymouth, MA

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    Cut to the chase... If your 51 has buzz and you can't quite zero in on the fix, be gentle but pull the 3 screws and find the proper hex wrench and keep an eye which way your turning it, if the buzz is more crank the other way, slowly and thoughtfully, most everything is a comprise, you want no buzz but also want proper intonation, some like heavy strings.. great but the pull from the low strings are naturally going to put pressure on the neck to be bossed around by that side of the neck, twisting, you mostly won't see much except for string to fret space if that, thats where the truss rod comes in. Takes a little time but 9 times out of 10 this will help out big time. This is not to say its a cure all but if its the neck where i thing Regals QC is the big gripe and should be. Another little tip, the Quaryerman cone/cones are really fine quality but if You want your resonator, in this case to sound say, like Tampa Trds, buy National replacement cones. They will give you smooth... Quartermans unless they have changed in the last year are brighter with an edge. To each there own. I like the cones that are stock but experimented with am insert that is half graphite and half wood, trimmed to fit and its pergect for my no pick fingerpicking slide work. Much of what You get is yout technique whether its a National Res. or a Taylor acoustic or electric anything. As an aside... I am a collector of any footage of the late great icons as well as late great obscure but ocons to me. If you were see the players, you might be surprised by what style guitar they are using, you'll probably say dah, anyone can tell the differents between a wood res., metal, brass, many times the res. is wooden, and about slides, pen knives were a favorite, bone, tube covers,picking with metal picks, long fingernails, finger flesh, what the players all had in common was that they were playing there own material in a way that came naturally for there finger/hand size, arm length which created the humid goo goo voodoo mojo that we strive for on whatever guitar they could afford.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Best deal

    By ricbassfunkyfunky

    from Portland, OR

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    This tricone may not be a National, but for 1/4 - 1/5 the price, it's damn close. Mirror chrome finish, brass body, full and loud sound, sustain, etc... I have owned this guitar for about 6 months now, and I have been very happy with it. The very first thing you should do though is put on the heaviest strings you're comfortable playing with, because it will improve sustain, tone, dynamics, etc. I have always wanted a National, and I still do, but this guitar will get you very close without mortgageing your house. Very warm and full sound, lots of sustain, and loud! I thought I might have to change the cones for Nationals or Quatermans or something, but the stock cones are great! You won't be dissapointed.

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    3.0

    regal tricone

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    My Regal tricone came withe a twisted headstock, I dont know how it got through qualitly control,have had a new neck made with slotted headstock,looks and plays like a national now

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