New 1940’s mystery Archtop!

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    I'll bet Gibson's legion of lawyers wouldn't be too pleased if it came out these days!
     
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    So possibly regal, interesting, it seems well constructed
     
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    I've never seen a Gibson-made archtop from another brand (like Cromwell, Kalamazoo, Old Kraftsman, Fascinator, etc.) with that style of f holes - all these had regular "Gibson-style" f holes; on the other hand, I have seen a few Slingerland archtops (also made by Regal) with exactly this style of f hole with the tips being seperate from the "swoosh" of the hole (Harmony also did this, but theirs looked different).
    Never heard about Metro archtops, but Regal-made Slingerlands are considered to be quite good!
     
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    Thanks for the info, since it’s got a lifton case I don’t think I did too bad even if it’s just a regular catalog guitar

    I’ve played it a little and it plays fine, it sounds okay but this is my first f-hole Archtop so I don’t know what to expect

    It’s got a whopper of a neck 1.03 at the first fret
     
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    What the hell, I’ve been searching for an archtop for months and you walk into a pawnshop and accidentally score a good one?!

    It’s pretty tough finding a decent one in playable shape for sane money these days. In fact, I have gotten so desperate that I am buying a cheap acoustic today to learn how to reset a neck because I’ve accepted that whatever I buy will likely need it…

    Let me know next time you go to the pawn shop!
     
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    That’s honestly the first cool guitar I’ve run into, I don’t go to shops often and went on a whim, sometimes that’s how it happens (rarely to me)
     
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    Cool guitar, archtops are great fun. See if you notice a phase effect from the sound coming out of both F holes.

    If that ain't a Gibson variant,they stole the ES body outline.

    That case could be serious money, good for you.
     
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    Not that this is what they sell for but I saw a very similar case on reverb for around 600

    I’ll have to listen for the phaseness
     
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    Yes, I have a 30s slingerland archtop with these f holes. What else can you tell me about regal?
     
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    The Gibson L48 and L50 were built like that. They were at the lower end of the price range.

    The short lived Martin arch tops were similar in construction.
     
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    Looks to me like a beautiful and storied guitar!

    So I'm dying to know ... there are tiny holes drilled into the first and 14th frets .... any ideas why? What would be the purpose?
     
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    Very nice! I’ve always loved the “stencil” style f-holes.
     
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    Yes the “segmented” f-holes were not restricted to the lower market Regals etc but appeared on some early Epiphones and even Strombergs
     
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    Wow, Excellent. I wonder how much that job cost?
     
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    Regal did make Metro guitars so good call on that one. The Lifton case, if originally connected to the guitar, was common enough. Gibson used them from shortly after WWII until 1960. Regal was bought by Harmony in 1955 but I do not have a clue as to whether this guitar was earlier or later than that.

    Does the guitar have a pressed or carved top? The thickness and how it is radiused should tell you.
     
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