1930s Regal Tenor Guitar

slowpicker1950
@slowpicker1950
one month ago
1 posts

    I have a 1930's Kay tenor banjo.  I'll bet the same tuning would work on it! this would be a better alternative than the seagull stick dulcimer i tried and did not like.

Helen Seiler
Helen Seiler
@helen-seiler
6 years ago
130 posts
Thats great Robin...can't wait.
Frank Dudgeon
Frank Dudgeon
@frank-dudgeon
6 years ago
8 posts

Lovely playing, Robin. And good news about the new CD. Can't wait to hear it.

Rick Kennedy
Rick Kennedy
@rick-kennedy
6 years ago
18 posts

Very enjoyable, RobinSmile.gif --kind of smooth and mellow...

Robin Clark
Robin Clark
@robin-clark
6 years ago
253 posts

Thanks Bobby Smile.gif

I think that the shape of the body makes the guitar look bigger than it is. It only has a 23" scale and narrow deep C neck but it looks like a jumbo guitar! The body is quite compact and smaller than many tenor guitars I've seen. I've not seen another one this shape though ?

Robin Clark
Robin Clark
@robin-clark
6 years ago
253 posts

Thank you all for your comments Smile.gif

I feel very lucky that this tenor guitar found its way to me as I wasn't looking for one. I was given the instrument in a trade for one of my resonator guitars - in fact I was given this tenor guitar, a Frank Profitt and an Ellis Wolf mountain banjos and an 1890s Essex banjo. All are wonderful instruments in their own ways. And, Helen, I'm going to see if I can use them all on the CD project. It is taking some time to put it all together but I'm working on it little by little when time allows.

Helen Seiler
Helen Seiler
@helen-seiler
6 years ago
130 posts

Wow, I have never heard a guitar sound so good.Such a clever thing to do with a nice old Tenor. Beautifully played.The Blackest Crow is one of my favourite ballads. Oh yeah, sorry to nag but........please put out another cd real soon Robin, I am wearing your first one out.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
6 years ago
1,164 posts

Wow, that tenor guitulcimer sounds great, Robin. It has a really nice, warm sound. And your playing is just precious. You display such patience with that slow rolling melody. Nice work!




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Robin Clark
Robin Clark
@robin-clark
6 years ago
253 posts

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I got this beautiful 1930s Regal tenor guitar in a trade a couple of weeks ago. They are usually tuned in climbing 5ths like a mandolin but starting with a C. But I thought I'd tune it instead to DAda and just play melody over drones on it Smile.gif So there you go - rather than trying to play a contemporary dulcimer like a contemporary guitar. I'm trying to play and old guitar like an old dulcimer Grin.gif I'msort ofgetting the hang of playing the instrument with just one finger!!! I may get as far as two finger playing some time 106.gif


updated by @robin-clark: 06/11/15 07:38:50AM