Regal Dobro RD40

One of my favorites for the blues.

Dobro guitar. Regal RD40
I’ve found Regal Dobro RD40 on eBay.

All laminated but it’s not that important for the resonator guitars
Very nice inlay on the headstock.

Beautiful sound.

But this is my personal perception.
There’s always the room for the improvement.
You may always be able to find better resonator cone for example.

But as I was happy enough with its sound I decided to do something else.

The quality and the power of this type of Dobros depends on how tight the edge of the cone rests on the deck lip of the resonator hole.
When I took off the resonator cover plate and the resonator itself I have found one serious defect. There was a couple of caverns on the lip surface.
As I had no enough experience and the right instruments I decided to bring it to the luthier. And he did a great job.
I don’t remember what exact filler he was using but the sound has been improved dramatically.

 

Official Description

Redesigned for professional quality and tone.

The body shape much like the California resonators of the ’30s with a unique Power Reflex sound chamber for increased volume and unsurpassed tone. Spruce top; mahogany sides, back, and neck; multi-ply ivoroid bound body; bound fretboard and headstock; and gorgeous abalone/mother-of-pearl peghead inlay provide stage-ready visuals. Sealed die-cast tuners and gleaming chromeplated hardware. Choose round or square neck.
Features

Power Reflex sound chamber
Spruce top
Choose round or square neck
Mahogany sides, back, and neck
Multi-ply ivoroid bound body
Bound fretboard and headstock
Abalone/mother-of-pearl peghead inlay
Sealed die-cast tuners
Chromeplated hardware

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