PAGE A13 - VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - VINTAGE & TRADITIONAL BLUES ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOP, DOBRO & FAUX RESONATOR - HARMONY & REGAL, CHICAGO, USA MADE GUITARS FROM 1930S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony USA & Regal made Roundhole Archtop, Dobro & Faux Resonator Guitars from 1930s - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, for similar available guitars or contact me.
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Intro
As with other VTG Archive pages, the guitars shown here reflect my likes & interests in terms of vintage guitars, particularly all types of Blues Guitars.

This time again not a single maker, but concentrating on the now rare Roundhole Archtop Guitars produced by the Harmony, Regal and other Chicago based makers, the Resonators Regal produced under Licence from Dobro & the Faux Resonators made by Harmony, all in the Depression period and years that followed.
Description
Here are some, if not all, of the USA made Roundhole Archtop, Resonator & Faux Resonator Guitars from the 1930s I have sold in recent times - in some cases other examples of the same models may be currently available, or at least "in the workshop". Please enquire for current availability, prices and further details.

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PRE-2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** REGAL ORIGINAL DOBRO LICENSED VINTAGE 1930s RESONATOR GUITAR - In Mid-1930s Dobro granted Regal a License to make Wooden-bodied Resonators, which became exclusive in 1937....this is one of them, Restored and Playing excellently - Sold to South Coast buyer - Photo #4.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY USA VINTAGE 1930s ORIGINAL FAUX RESONATOR 12 FRET "V" NECK BLUES/SLIDE GUITAR - Professionally Restored, Great BluesTone, Wood-bodied Guitar with Metal Coverplate without Resonator Cone - "A poor man's Blues instrument" - Another of these Rare Guitars coming available shortly! - Sold to buyer in Scotland. - VTG1123 - Photo #5.

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*** SOLD *** REGAL BRUNO USA VINTAGE 1930s ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOP ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Faux Mahogany Finish, All Solid Birch, All Original. but with Headstock repair by specialist professional Luthier, Maker attributed to Regal, now confirmed by Bruno label on another matching example - Second sale to customer in Northern Italy - VTG1013 - Photo #1.

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2012 Sales:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY USA VINTAGE '30s ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOP CUSTOMISED "STELLA" JAZZ/BLUES GUITAR - All Mahogany Great Jazz Rhythm/Blues/RagTone Low Action - Believed to be a 1970s Luthier Rebuild of a 1934-1936 Harmony not a Stella model but with "Stella" added decal - VTG1185 - Photo #2.

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2015 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** REGAL MADE BRUNO USA VINTAGE 1930S ROUNDHOLE ARCHTOP ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Original Distinctive Faux Mahogany Finish, All Solid Birch, Excellent Original Condition, Professional Restoration completed, including Re-levelling & re-fretting the Fingerboard - Sold to returning customer from Germany - his second VTG guitar of the year! - 150701 - VTG1263 - Photo #3.

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Condition
All guitars are restored to the same high standards as the scores of other vintage Harmony-made and other guitars, which I have restored and sold over the years.

The concentration is on structural soundness and playability, rather than any cosmetic touching-up, and certainly no ill-advised refinishing, but of course the guitars are sympathetically cleaned, setup and re-strung, as part restoration.

For availability and individual details on the various guitars, and the restoration work being done on them, please do contact me by email or telephone.
Action, strings & cases
I set out to achieve a 12th. fret action of around 3mm. to 3.5mm. on these guitars...but if that sounds high to you, please bear in mind that we are in a totally different world of guitar-playing here, to which we cannot apply the "all my guitars have an action of less than 2mm." approach. These are archtop/jazz/blues guitars, and some string height is needed to drive the arched top, in which case a low/electric type action just does not work.

I fit Martin Bronze Light 12-54 gauge strings as standard, but other options may be availables, but happy to discuss other string types/gauges to buyer's requirements.

The guitars do not usually come with cases, although I do have some of the original covered pressed-board cases originally supplied with these guitars....those who remember these will recall that they are not exactly what we would now call a fitted case! Alternatively, I may be able to offer a suitable size Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case, offering infinitely better protection. Additional case prices available on request.
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Delivery details
PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS ON UK & EUROPEAN DELIVERY OPTIONS, INTERNATIONAL SALES, FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS, OTHER GUITARS, PICKUP INSTALLATIONS, ETC. SECTIONS OF THE TWO "BOXES" AT THE HEAD OF PAGE 1.....HEADED "AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE" AND "SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES".

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**** YOUTUBE ****
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Struggling a bit to find YouTube clips of these rare Roundhole Archtop guitars, but I have embedded one entitled "1930s Supertone round-hole archtop" by "guitarded71".

Additional Link #1 below is from one of my favourite YouTube contributors, "BottleneckJohn", entitled "Faux-Bro!! A resonator guitar with no resonator, LIVE!....not much more to be said....except check out his many more YouTube contributions....thoroughly recommend a trawl through his YouTube library!

You can find numerous vintage resonator clips on YouTube, including the one included here as Additional Link #2..."Dobro resonator guitar. My 1937-1940 Dobro. Likely made at the Regal factory" by "madrone55".
Video
Useful links
YouTube clip by BottleneckJohn - Faux-Bro!
YouTube clip by madrone55 - My 1937-1940 Dobro. Likely made at the Regal factory.
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