Orpheum Elite Model (Regal)

  • Excellent Condition
  • Year: circa 1940s
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case


An impressive Orpheum Elite model, rarely seen, built by Regal in Chicago and is in the same caliber as their legendary B&D branded Sultana and Senorita models and sounds just as amazing; this extra deep (4-1/4" deep at lower bout) flat/top guitar was billed as being "another broadcast sensation...a favorite of Radio Artists whose large invisible audience has become educated to tonal perfection." The 15" wide 000 body was made with remarkable straight grained Brazilian rosewood with a delicately sunbursted straight grained "Eastern" spruce top, and is fully bound with multi trim; X braced top with one small cross brace beneath bridge, and one longer below that; original gold plated tailpiece, multi-bound tortoise pickguard, adjustable rosewood bridge; typical cosmetic surface checking and play wear present, buckle rash, dings and scuffs, really well plugged jack hole on treble side. The elevated neck is of fine mahogany with a fully bound rosewood fingerboard; fat pearl block inlays on rosewood fingerboard, with beautiful art deco inlay on the peghead in lovely aged pearl; original gold plated geared tuners; neck has some finish checking and wear on back and frets have mild wear on them. Scale is 25.5" and nut width is just shy of 1-3/4" more like 1-3/32". The instrument plays and intonates very well and had a neck reset recently (still room to adjust on bridge); replaced heel cap.


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