1930s Regal "American Conservatory" parlor guitar COOL

Another fine Regal from the 1930s, this one built under the "American Conservatory" brand. Some resources attribute the American Conservatory brand to Lyon and Healy but this guitar shares some significant features (such as bridge shape, heel shape, neck profile and pickguard shape) with many Regal guitars I've owned in the past and hence the attribution to Regal. This little box has a 14 fret neck with a 00 size body (14 1/8" lower bout width and body depth of just under 4" at the lower bout) and a body shape that is very reminiscent of the Gibson built Kalamazoo KG-11. The burst color and pattern on the top are also somewhat similar to Gibson's burst color and pattern. It seems as if perhaps Regal was aiming to take a bite out of Gibson's audience with this guitar. That being said, I personally think that this guitar sounds better than most Gibson KG-11s I've played. It has a solid spruce top, likely red spruce, solid mahogany back and sides. The fretboard is brazilian rosewood and the bridge ebony. The top is ladder braced. The original bridge plate (which was heavily damaged) was removed and replaced but otherwise all of the interior structures are original. The bridge plate, bridge pins and saddle are the only non-original things on the guitar, all else including finish is original. The original pickguard is flat and secure ... read more