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Regal Octofone, c. 1928, made in Chicago, natural top, dark stained back and sides finish, birch body, spruce top. I'm not sure of the actual year of manufactur, thus the "circa." I bought this on eBay several years ago and have done nothing except change the strings. It appears that tuning buttons were replaced at one point: according to luthiers at Mass Street Music in Lawrence, KS, that is all they can tell that is non-original. Even the case (pictured) is original.

One of the more interesting experiments to come out of the Chicago-based Regal Company, the Octofone was advertised as "Eight instruments in One". What it really seems to be is a small body double-strung tenor guitar, but Regal claimed "The owner of the Octophone has the advantage of combining eight different instruments in one, namely Tenor Banjo, Tenor Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola, Mandocello, Ukulele, Tiple and Taropatch. These changes are brought about by variations in tuning" This is actually the lower of two Octofone models Regal offered in the late 1920's, (the other was much more ornate with a lot of inlay, etc.) originally selling for $15.00. 

The pictures tell the story of the condition: plenty of scratches and nics for an instrument of its age, but structurally very sound. Nothing loose or cracked, great action and playability. I'd keep it but I'm thinning the heard to hopefully acquire a custom gold topped J-45.

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Listed7 years 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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