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.
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.
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.


*** 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.


*** 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.


*** 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.

2012 Sales:

*** 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.

2015 SALES:

*** 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.

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.

**** YOUTUBE ****

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".
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Delivery details
You are welcome to come and try out the guitars available, and of course to collect your guitar. Alternatively I may be able to deliver in person, within reasonable distance, at cost. Otherwise, I will pack securely and post as per arrangements made with you.

Postage Costs:-
To U.K. Addresses usually £15.00 for Next Day Delivery.
To European Addresses £30.00 to £50.00, depending on size, weight, value and delivery location.

If you need further information postage costs/timing/insurance or advice on other matters, please contact me via Contact form above, telephone 01543 677140. If no immediate response, I may be contactable via my mobile number 07970 832955, and I will do my best to answer any questions.


In addition to hundreds of UK sales, during the last 4 years or so I have sold and had safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.


In addition to the testimonials on the Home Page, to see the hundreds of complimentary feedback comments kindly left for me by eBay buyers, please check out my eBay ID "vintagetraditionalguitars".


I have a stock of guitars which is added to regularly, but some tend to take a little time to find their way through my workshop, so if you do not see what you are looking for on my website currently, please enquire - who knows, I may have just what you are looking for!
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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