Review of the Regal RC-2 Duolian Resonator Guitar
Is the Regal RC-2 Worth Buying?
One of the best resonator guitars out there relative to the price, the Regal RC-2 Duolian provides quality tone and good craftsmanship and enables you to find that 30’s resonator sound made famous by the likes of Son House and Bukka White.
The Duolian-style is a nickel-plated steel body and comes with a rosewood fingerboard, has a adjustable truss rod and has a die-cast 15:1 ratio machine heads that tunes the strings securely and easily. Other features include a 9” spun resonator cone as well as a biscuit bridge.
When it comes to the guitars body the RC-2s overall finish is lovely but does require a certain amount of love and attention to keep clean and maintain that chrome shine, although a polish after each use should do the job. The RC-2s neck in comparison with the Nationals and Dobros is maybe a little on the thin side being less than one inch deep, but this is obviously down to your own personal preference and not to be seen as an issue. However, the wood quality on the neck isn’t the greatest despite efforts to make it look like better quality, but should not be a cause for concern unless you indulge in some odd playing styles. Even though the fretwork is nothing exceptional, there were no rough ends or major flaws found with the guitar.
Finally, taking a quick look at the action, it may appear to be a little too low for slide playing, but don’t worry, just give it a try and find out for yourself how well it works for both slide and normal playing.
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