Regal Duolian Resonator, Nickel-plated Style-0 Guitar RC-2

Regal Duolian Resonator, Nickel-plated Style-0 Guitar RC-2

  • Duolian-style body with slim, comfortable neck and 9 1/2″ spun resonator cone with biscuit bridge.
  • Rosewood fingerboard with M.O.P. dot position markers.
  • Rock maple saddle & bone nut.
  • Nickel-plated hardware with adjustable truss rod and die-cast 15:1 ratio sealed tuning machines.
  • Nickel-plated brass body.

The Duolian Resonator Guitar was a favorite with blues legends such as Son House, Bukka White and Tampa Red when it first appeared in 1931. In the days before electric amplification, blues musicians were looking for an instrument that could produce the volume they needed while still maintaining the tone they required. The Duolian was the answer. The RC-2 in Style-0 features a nickel-plated brass body.


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Regal Duolian Resonator, Nickel-plated Style-0 Guitar RC-2

3 thoughts on “Regal Duolian Resonator, Nickel-plated Style-0 Guitar RC-2

  1. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sounds good with work, July 6, 2010
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    R. Hazen (New Albany, MS) –
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    I bought this when it was on sale for 350. I see now that it’s even cheaper (321). Bought a hardshell case from a local pawn shop for $20 and I was good to go. But I had to do some work on it when I got it. I opened it up to check out the cone, as I have read you need to replace it with a national. The neck is very cheaply glued on, and braced with cheap wood. Very disappointing. And the bracing really dampened the body’s vibration so that there was very little volume and sustain. So I took a fine saw and cut out the lower half of the bracing… so the neck is still braced, but not in the lower/bass half of the body where most of the vibration happens. (Google “mushroom mod” and you should find some instruction somewhere on it.) Then I took off about 1/16 to 1/8″ of the saddle to lower the action so I could do some finger style (it was slide-only when I got it). Then I took a dremel with a cutting wheel and cut notches in the tailpiece so the strings would sit down lower in order to increase pressure on the cone, to increase volume and sustain. Then I put new Daddario 16/56 reso strings on it. NOW it sounds GREAT. But I don’t know about the longevity because of the cheapo bracing. If the neck comes apart, I’m gonna bolt it on myself, I think. All in all, I really enjoy playing it. I don’t want to drop two or three grand on a national. 350 with a little modding… and it sounds like a national (I know; I just played several) AND without having yet put in a national cone! Maybe when I put in the national cone it will actually sound better than a national! Hmmm. That might be hoping a little too much. Oh… and I don’t think the nut is bone… it looks plastic to me. Need to replace that sometime soon, too.

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  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Regal RC-2, September 15, 2011
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    After looking at multiple lower end resonators I decided to take a flyer on this one, sight unseen. I’m glad I did. This guitar has the spank I was looking for in a resophonic, and should do handsomely for delta blues slide. Build quality looks quite good, though as one other reviewer mentioned, you have to wonder how the neck/body joint is going to hold up. The fretwork is nothing spectacular, though I don’t notice any major flaws or rough ends. The tuners are less than great and probably won’t stay around for long, but at this price I reckon I can pony up another $60 for a set of Waverlys if need be. I don’t see any need to futz with the cone or bisquit as some reviewers have done, but I’m no shade tree luthier, and this thing sounds plenty authentic to me.

    As I say I checked out other low end brands and brother/sister, most are truly sad excuses for musical instruments. One particular brand that is sold heavily on Ebay and seems to get good reviews on Harmony Central was absolute rubbish, with chunks of what looked like rough sawn plywood inside for bracing and the poorest finish I’ve ever seen. Finish on the RC-2, while not perfect, is, well, shining like a National Guitar. (It is tarnishing a bit where my arm and picking hand rest–doesn’t bother me at this point.) The neck is 1 3/4 inches wide at the nut but under 1 inch deep, which may bother somebody who likes the big lumber necks on Nationals and Dobros, but I’m used to a Taylor and this thing feels fine to me. The neck has gloss finish but still seems reasonably fast. Wood quality on the neck is suspect (it’s obviously finished to look better quality than it is) but I see no reason to think it’s going to warp or split–if it does I’ll try to update this review.

    Bottom line, if you’re trying to get into slide/reso playing without re-re mortgaging the house, this guitar is worth looking at. I’m rating it four because only a National/Dobro/Scheerhorn etc would get a five. But I’ll take the four points and $1600 in my pocket, at least until I get some major paying gigs.

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Regal Duolian Resonator, July 29, 2011
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    Edward Ward (Stephenson, VA, US) –

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    Not a bad guitar for the money. It’s a copy of a National, and while not as good overall, it is a fair representation. You can add a different cone and upgraded strings but I was impressed as it came right out of the box. If your interested in that old time sound for a fair price, this is the one.

    Regards

    Ed

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