Review of the Regal RC-51 Tricone Guitar
This is a really nice tricone guitar with a superb sound. It has an impressive array of technical details, including:
- a bell brass body which is nickel plated and spun aluminium cones.
- Made by regal dobros & resonators – who have been building the resonator guitar since the 1920s.
- mahogany neck with truss rod that is adjustable with a rosewood fingerboard
- Pearloid peghead overlay with unique inchart-deco design graphic
Despite having no reviews on Amazon.co.uk, this is a great resonator guitar with the sound reminiscent of the vintage National or National Resophonic but with a cheaper price tag. The RC-51 is actually made in China (they are getting too bloody good those Chinese!) and is intended as a partial replica of the National Style 1 Tricone dating all the way back to 1927. There are three resonator cones all connected by cast aluminium bridge. I particularly liked the pearloid overlayed headstock and flat fingerboard just like the early Nationals.
The RC-51 has a flat fingerboard like the 1930’s Nationals, which makes it easier to play as a slide. One recommendation is to fit some heavy gauge strings – it will significantly improve both tone and sustain and also eliminate any buzz. Go for a 0.13 high E.
If you want the 1920’s sound at a cheap price then this is a pretty good buy in my opinion. Change the strings, drop in an ebony saddle and its damn good value for money. Take a look at the details here.
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