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Regal RD-30M Studio Series Resophonic Custom Mahogany Spider-Cone Acoustic Blues Resonator Guitar.

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Important Notes:

European Postage:       I had taken the decision, not to remove European postage options from my listings, but now in view of all the uncertainty regarding the EU's application of the new rules, I am listing guitars on a UK delivery basis only. EU buyers, by all means contact me & we can see if we can find our way through issues, but please do not attempt to buy with international shipping before contacting me. Thank you.

UK Postage Costs:        After about 10 years of maintaining Parcelforce Express 24 UK postage charge at £15.00, which I have been increasingly often subsidising, Parcelforce have now introduced a surcharge for all packages over 1 metre in length, so I'm sorry that I am now obliged to increase UK postage charge to £20.00.


If you have any enquiries please email me & I will reply as soon as possible. Details of all guitars available can be seen at the Vintage & Traditional Guitars website. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if I can help. Best Wishes, Bob.



NEWLY AVAILABLE, OVERHAULED & READY TO GO! - REGAL RD-30M STUDIO SERIES RESOPHONIC CUSTOM MAHOGANY SPIDER CONE ACOUSTIC BLUES RESONATOR GUITAR - Low-profile Round Neck, Aluminium Cone, Spider Bridge, Classic Sunray Cover Plate, 14:1 Vintage-style tuners, Adjusted & Set-up, Custom Scratchplate, Newtone Michael Messer Resonator Strings.


Stock Number:  VTG1570.

*** Newly Overhauled and set of photos now added! Completely individual VTG Custom won't find another one like it!

*** Although these guitars do not carry model identification, this on is clearly of quite recent manufacture, and a current model detailed in the current Saga Music website, Regal Guitars section.

*** Extracts from what the makers say about this model in the "Overview" on the Saga Music current website......

"Regal Studio Resophonic Guitars are the last word in quality, affordability and VALUE! Our RD-30 models have a new interior construction that substitutes 4 sound posts for the traditional soundwell. These beauties offer the finest possible sound at an entry-level price! A beautiful natural mahogany finish is available, as well as a tasteful vintage sunburst. All metal parts are heavily nickel-plated, and our DP-126 lightweight aluminum spider bridge adds a new tonal dimension as well as maximum tone and sustain. Both regular Spanish and Square neck models are available."

*** Further edited extracts from details elsewhere believed to give the current spec. for the RD-30M...with of course the VTG Custom additions......

* Back and Side Material - Mahogany * Binding - White ABS * Body, Top & Neck Material - Mahogany * Body & Neck Finish - Natural High-gloss * Body Style - Traditional * Bridge Type _ Aluminium Spider Bridge * Cover Plate Design - Classic Slotted Sunray Pattern * Fingerboard & Peghead Binding - White ABS * Fingerboard Material - Tonewood * Fingerboard Position Inlays - M-O-P Dots * Hardware Plating - Nickel-plating * Headstock Style - Solid * Neck Shape - Round * Number of Frets Clear - 14 * Number of Frets Total - 21 * Nut Material - Bone * Nut Width - 1 11/16"/42.86mm. * Resonator - 10 1/2" Spun Aluminum Cone * Saddle - Maple * Scale Length - 25"/635mm. * Soundhole Shape - Screened Rings * Truss Rod - Two-way Adjustable * Tuning Machine Plating - Nickel-plating * Tuning Machines - Vintage-style Open-back / Butterbean Buttons.....with added Custom Scratchplate / Screen Rings Plate - 3-Ply Black/White/Black, echoing the truss rod cover, with overlay panel of Cream/Black/Cream 3-ply & Strings - Newtone Michael Messer Resonator 13-56 light gauge strings.

JHS, UK Distributors for Regal Guitars say..."The name Regal has been associated with Resonator Guitars since the 1920s. Saga, bringers of the celebrated Blueridge and Gitane guitars, have applied the same dedication to quality to this range of Resonator Guitars, now available in the UK." UK new SRP - £379.00."

*** Generally excellent condition, as the guitar has had very little playing use. Any marks at all are very minor, superficial ones. The guitar has individual customisation with purpose made "scratchplate" addition. The fingerboard has been Lemon oiled, and frets have been dressed, as there were some slightly rough fret ends.

In addition to cleaning, overhaul has included removing coverplate, spider & cone, cleaning/smoothing off the cone ring seating, checking spider trueness, and saddle levels, adjusting cone tension screw, and of course reassembly.

*** I have adjusted the Maple saddles, and the set-up generally to give a good fretting & bottleneck action, around 2.75mm./3.25mm. at the 12th. fret. with just a little more string height than the usual minimal at the 1st. fret, in order to aid Bottleneck play, on the 16" radius fingerboard.

Guitar is strung with Newtone Michael Messer Resonator 13-56 light gauge strings.

There is no case with the guitar, but I may have available a Hiscox Liteflite case, which if I have one which fits, would be available available at a modest additional price.

*** Embedding a YouTube clip for this one was a bit of a challenge.....there are a number of clips of the RD-30, but for one reason or another, most are not suitable....despite language issues I have embedded a clip which gave some expected bottleneck playing, entitled......USED/Regal RD30M@guitarshoptantan

*** Very Extensive Description Details on the Vintage & Traditional Guitars Website.....please ensure that you check the full description carefully.  Additional photos also available on request.

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Listed19 days ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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