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Regal RD-40 Resonator   

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At the top of the line of the Regal Studio Series Resophonic Guitars, the RD-40 Resonator has been redesigned from the inside out making it one of th...Read More

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At the top of the line of the Regal Studio Series Resophonic Guitars, the RD-40 Resonator has been redesigned from the inside out making it one of the best values when it comes to truly vintage-inspired, professional featured, resophonic instruments. Using Regal's many years of experience in the development and construction of traditional American acoustic instruments, they discovered ways to improve upon the most legendary designs from the past without pricing them out of the reach of any level player. Only the finest materials are used to create these new designs that reminisce of the past, while still meeting the demands of today's modern players. The new body shape takes its cues from instruments of the past; while the real secret to the tone of these instruments lies within. It all starts with a combination of Regal exclusives, such as the Power Reflex Tone Chamber for added volume, the DP-126 die-cast spider for its bell-like response, and a US-made, hand-spun aluminum cone. All together work in perfect harmony to assure the maximum, most articulate tone that can be heard in any playing situation.

Redesigned for professional quality and tone.

FEATURES
  • Squareneck
  • Spruce top
  • Quarter-sawn mahogany back and sides
  • Mahogany, slimmer neck with 2-way adjustable truss rod with metal truss rod cover
  • Rosewood fingerboard with motherof-pearl dot position markers
  • Multi-ply ivoroid bound body and bound fingerboard
  • Bound peghead with rosewood overlay, inlaid with a floral design of mother of pearl, abalone, and red coral
  • 1-11/16" nut width
  • Rock maple saddle and bone nut
  • Extra-wide string spacing at saddle for playing comfort
  • Saga's Power Reflex resonator chamber
  • USA-made aluminum cone
  • Golden Gate DP-126 spider
  • Bug-eye screen cover
  • Sealed die-cast tuners with 15:1 gear ratio
  • Nickel-plated hardware

The biting, trebly tone that'll bring out the Delta in you. Order now!

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RegalRD-40 Resonator
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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    (18)

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    (3)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Well built / quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

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Oh my my!

Amazing workmanship for this price. I really like the 14 frets to the body. I also have a Gretsch Root series Boxcar, which has a short scale. The full scale of this one...Read complete review

Amazing workmanship for this price. I really like the 14 frets to the body. I also have a Gretsch Root series Boxcar, which has a short scale. The full scale of this one makes a comfortable transition from standard guitars. It has very impressive tone, with harmonics and overtones to spare. It is very responsive, and the harmonic overtones make it very intuitive..... it makes you feel you are channeling Leadbelly with Cooder weaving in and out of the sound. The only improvement they could make to this instrument would be a Fishman pickup like the Gretsch offers. It has great tone and is quite easy to record without being too quiet on very subtle notes. Very well suited to both fingerpicking and slide. If you want a long scale resonator, this is well worth serious consideration. My friend bought a national for over 4 times the price. They are exactly alike.... makes me think Regal supplies National with this one. So for the money... the Regal wins hands down. You will not be disappointed with this one.

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Maybe I got a lemon

This is a good looking guitar that has potential, but mine was in poor shape internally. When I first got it I thought it was a bit quiet and flat compare to what I...Read complete review

This is a good looking guitar that has potential, but mine was in poor shape internally. When I first got it I thought it was a bit quiet and flat compare to what I expected. Very shortly thereafter it essentially became unplayable due to the compressed tone and string hitting the coverplate. I had planned to take it in for a setup anyway and was going to replace the maple saddle with a nicer ebony topped version. The experienced guitar tech who worked on it said it was one of the most mismanufactured resonators he had seen. The cone was bent, it was too large, and the shelf where it rested was an absolute mess. He mentioned the spider was also not making contact and had to be reformed. He said it took him over two hours to bring the instrument up to snuff internally and cost over one benjamin. There were still some compromises that he was not entirely happy about but to my ears it does sound a great deal better. I am well enough pleased with the instrument now and its general playability is good, but it did increase my cost quite a bit.

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2.0

Maybe I got a lemon

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from Central MA

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Pros

    Cons

    • Not Consistent

    Best Uses

      Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

      This is a good looking guitar that has potential, but mine was in poor shape internally. When I first got it I thought it was a bit quiet and flat compare to what I expected. Very shortly thereafter it essentially became unplayable due to the compressed tone and string hitting the coverplate. I had planned to take it in for a setup anyway and was going to replace the maple saddle with a nicer ebony topped version. The experienced guitar tech who worked on it said it was one of the most mismanufactured resonators he had seen. The cone was bent, it was too large, and the shelf where it rested was an absolute mess. He mentioned the spider was also not making contact and had to be reformed. He said it took him over two hours to bring the instrument up to snuff internally and cost over one benjamin. There were still some compromises that he was not entirely happy about but to my ears it does sound a great deal better. I am well enough pleased with the instrument now and its general playability is good, but it did increase my cost quite a bit.

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      5.0

      I like it.

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      from Atlanta, GA

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

        I've been playing guitar for years but have never owned a spider resonator (Dobro) type. I like it alot and have no complaint whatsoever.

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        5.0

        Better than expected!!

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        from Atlanta, GA

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

          An excellent product for it's price. I plan to hot rod it with upgrade parts, but it's pretty good as is!!

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          5.0

          A great Value.

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          from Montclair, Ca.

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          Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

          I'm having a great time playing this instrument. Solid tone and play-ability. I had tried a Gretsch and an Epiphone and found this Regal superior in every way.

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          5.0

          This is the best value you will find in a resonator!

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          from Dallas - Fort Worth area, Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Craftsmanship
          • Good Tone
          • Stays in tune well

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

            The RD-40 has a surprisingly beautiful, rich tone. Unbelievable value for the price. Very nicely designed, excellent craftsmanship. Close your eyes and play it, you talkin' Robert Johnson or Elmore James in the room. It will take you back in time.

            You gotta have it!

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fast delivery, beautiful

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            from Denver, Colorado

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

                This was backordered but arrived several weeks earlier than anticipated. Well packed, pulled it out, tuned it and started playing. Great tone, well built, love the mahogany finish. The sound is just super. I'm a guitar student and am not advanced enough to give a thorough in-depth technical review, however this beautiful little unit makes me mighty happy.

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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fast shipping - no hassle to return dama

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                from Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Nice Dobro Fast Shipping

                Cons

                • 1st Dobro Was Damaged -
                • No Hassle To Return

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

                  First dobro was damaged - no hassle to return - shipped replacement as soon as notified of issue - great service - nice product

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  well built high quality in every way

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                  from Home town , Georgia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

                      This is one well built ,very much attention paid to details instrument

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                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very nice for the price

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                      from ohio

                      About Me Novice

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Sharp
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                      • No Case

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

                      Good price, beautiful, plays and sounds well. Good service at MC, they hooked me up with a Goldtone (brand) beard resonator sq neck case. (hard case) #545181 862 03 It fits a little snug around the case and cone, but it does the job well. I just got them both. Happy and learning

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                      (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Thrilled with it.

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                      from OK

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Regal RD-40 Resonator:

                          I bought this instrument for my 82-year-old brother who had cut off both thumbs and a finger at different times and while they had been reattached, don't work well anymore. He had played the guitar but can no longer do that. He is thrilled with the dobro and says it's so beautiful. I'm sure he's already playing it, as he had some experience on a steel guitar.

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