Current Projects - Fretted Instruments

For some unknown reason, the bulk of the work flow at the shop tends to shift periodically from orchestral to fretted projects, although bow work hardly ever stops. Really, the most current fretted instruments are a new batch of Pinkham guitars that will soon be in our store in Glen Cove and on this site. The upcoming models are:

  • a koa 12-fret SP, very fancy and very sweet
  • a 12-fret SP, of hundred-year-old mahogany, that sounds brilliant and clear
  • a rosewood LP
  • a Conservatory classic
  • four Elite Brazilian Master Model classics
  • a cypress Master Model flamenco

The Master models are all being French polished at this time and the lacquer instruments are ready to play.

Our most interesting recent fretted instrument restoration has been a Regal tenor guitar with an unusual body shape. We haven't been able to locate the model number for this instrument. The Regal Instrument Company was formed in Indiana in the 1880s and was purchased in 1904 by Lyon and Healy of Chicago.

Typical old Regal label, Chicagoland.

Top showing missing pick guard and damage to the finish. Bridge and neck areas masked and ready for French polishing.

Repaired dovetail.

Finished instrument. Do you know the model number of this instrument? Contact us!

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Stick shellacing damage in top finish, hiding nicks and dings.

French polishing before the neck reset.

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