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Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar

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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
Beautiful iridescent peghead overlay
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RegalRC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 21 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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Poor Quality

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...Read complete review

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.

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(6 of 10 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

cleaning

By Mississippi Dew

from ma.

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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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Got Buzz?

By Pigs Feet Dupuis

from plymouth, MA

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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.

(5 of 5 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

(5 of 7 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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A little tweaking

By Mr Slide

from Newport News, VA

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best deal

By ricbassfunkyfunky

from Portland, OR

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

so far so good

By george

from Austin, TX.

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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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Blast I've had in quite some time!

    By Burt K. Arthur / alias: Mississippi Fats

    from spanaway, WA

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    I started playing in the early "70's" listenings to Winter, Clapton and Rory Galigher. Theres more talent than can be mentioned in a life time but the sound of this guitar has been running through my veins my whole life! Before I picked up this amazing instrument for the first time I knew it was what I needed. Upon playing my new RC-51 its as if I'd had this guitar in a previous life because its so warm, respounds so well and sounds so good you'll have to play it to know what I mean. Blues and Rock were ment to sound this good!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Value

    By Frank Ritchel Ames

    from Denver

    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    The Regal RC-51 looks and sounds very much like a National Tricone. A wide neck (1 3/4 in.) facilitates fingerplaying, and the bridge may easily be sanded or replaced to achieve a perfect playability for precise fingering or slide guitar. Very attractive finish and design, versatile resonant tone, and comfortable size. Overall, a good value, though workmanship average. I would purchase again.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The true blues guitar

    By Slick

    from New York city

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    Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

    Pick one of the babies up and sit down and play. If you close your eyes and listen it's as if you were being transported to another time and place. For the money you cannot find a better resonator guitar. as a matter of fact for twice the money you can't do better. I've been playing a long, long time and i'm so glad I've finally got one...thanks regal.

     
    1.0

    The worst M.F. purchase I've ever made.

    By Electric mike

    from maine

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      Cons

      • Not Consistent

      Best Uses

        Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

        Watch the neck on these. Any sign of twist send it back. I will only going to get worse. Don't even hope to adjust it.

         
        5.0

        Regal RC-51 Pros and Cons

        By Chuck Ochs

        from East Bridgewater MA

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        Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

        Purchasing an instrument through a catalog, sight un-seen, has always made me a bit twitchy. No exception here. You never know what you are gonna get until the UPS guy drops it on your porch! For the most part, I was pleased with the RC-51. The finish on the bell-brass body is impeccable, but the neck looks like it was finished with a brush, rather than a spray-gun. The fret edges stick out just enough to feel them as you run your hand up and down the neck, indicative of wood which was not completely seasoned before being turned into a neck. There was a section of the peg-head overlay,about the size of a silver dollar, which was not glued down. The result of this was some shrinkage of the overlay material, something that cannot be corrected, and irritated me more than anything else. It caused the "Regal" decal to buckle.This guitar is serious bling. Heavy and solid in feel, the action is very good, considering the heavy guage strings that come on it. Although tri-cones do not give the volume of single cone resophonics, the tone is exquisit, and beats the single cones hands down. The neck has stayed completely straight, even after nearly a year now. The schaller machines are as good as it gets. The neck joint at the 12th fret becomes a problem when trying to slide to the second octave while using a capo, although I am sure that this design lends strength to the overall construction. Some may feel that this rig should have a slotted peg head, which would make it look virtually identical to an original, but personally, I don't care. It works just fine the way it is, and the non-slotted peghead is much easier for string changes. Overall, an excellent ax for the money. I play it a lot and have really enjoyed it!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ideal tricone for the price

        By GuitarChica515

        from Richland, MI

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        Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

        I test-played a Regal RC-51 at a music store in Lansing, and I could NOT believe the tone and feel of it. I think that I would choose this exact model if I ever get rich enough to afford a second resonator, but I am not good enough on resonator guitar to own one. I am better at normal guitar now, but I will keep this beauty in mind for when I get older and more versatile.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Equal to the National Tricone

        By Doctor Tom

        from Louisiana

        Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

        Equal to the National Tricone. Great guitar for the money. The only downside to me is that it does not have a slotted headstock. If they started making them with a slotted headstock, it would be perfect!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Ric's New Toy

        By AlabamaHoundDog

        from Selma, Alabama

        Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

        Man! This thing is loud! I am a Middle School Guitar Teacher. I bought this RC-51 for it value,and in hopes I might find a bargin at this price.I did. I didn't how ever like the guitar's quality in it present form. I hate the high thinkgloss coat ob the neck. Taking all the strings off, removing the Machine heads... and some steel wool fixed that. Even the head stock had way too much clear finish on it! Anyway... I lovethe feel and look now. The cover over the bridge doesn't allow you to raise the strings for slideplaying (That's a bummer) I stained the fingerboard darker. With all the changes I made to the quality... I love it now. (Just wish I could use my slide on though. Happy Pickin'

         
        5.0

        There's a spirit in this ax

        By Caz-NNkxh

        from Montreal, Caanada

        Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

        I bought one last week. I saw it and I decided to try it. Never played slide. Once I hit the strings I realized I was gonna marry her. What a sound; even if you just play it straight like any acoustic; it resonates carries and she's a traffic stopper. I can't stop playing with her.

         
        3.0

        regal tricone

        By blues boy pete

        from uk

        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

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I Wish I Had Kept It

        By Alabama Blues Legend

        from Adamstown PA

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        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.

         
        4.0

        A Good Affordable Tricone

        By RadioResonator

        from Denton, Texas

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        Comments about Regal RC-51 Tricone Resonator Guitar:

        I?ve played National Tri-Cones, both late 20?s originals and the new National Resophonic Models, so I was skeptical. I am pleasantly surprised! It?s got a flat fingerboard that works well for slide and finger style. The headstock overlay is gaudy and I would have preferred slotted but a flat headstock keeps the price down. It typically arrived with ridiculously light strings for a resonator. Do yourself a favor and install medium or heavy gauge strings right away. The improvement in tone and sustain is dramatic. The finish on the back of the neck was too thick and slick for me but a light once-over with fine grade steel wool fixed that. The tone is tri-cone sweet and loud and definitely has that Tampa Red vibe. Overall the RC-51 is a great value. The finish on the neck and the headstock are not the only differences between the RC-51 and a Style 1 but the Regal sells for 1/6 the price of a new National. Spend a little time on setup and you will not be unhappy with the quality, playability, or sound of the RC-51.

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