Here is the Regal. After I repaired the cracks, I felt the finish on the top needed sanded to help hide the repair and new finish. I sanded off the painted white border that was around the hole and body. Then decided I did like the look, but the rest of the guitar needed sanded as well to match. I still like the look and I am using teak oil on it. The loose pieces inside the body and the top are re-glued, so I accomplished what I wanted to do. I know this might have been a total bust in some of people eyes, but that is cool. I respect your thoughts. I was not looking for a professional re-do but now after the sanding, I like the worn look it appears to have. I am making a new nut for it. I have all the original hardware in good working order so will be re-attaching them as they still are, patina and some rust. I'll oil the keys a little. The fretboard needs oiled again, I oiled it a few weeks ago and I think it may be happier with a bit more. Any ideas on what strings to put on. I was thinking light acoustic bronze/phos. This was a fun guitar to play before, so I am looking forward to the end result.
Looking good Lon!
I hate using lighter strings when trying to tune an older guitar, just takes away from the sound some, so..., get you a set of custom/hybrid light strings, they will start at .011 and go to .052, a nice balance, if you find the tension may still be too much for that guitar as I'm almost a 100% sure it's body is completely birch with a poplar neck(common back then), you can de-tune it 1/2 step and capo the first fret and play as usual.
This what I do for all my Harmony Stella's and Regal, Teisco, Crestwood, Silvertone, etc of those almost identical guitars were all made of that material during that time. One good thing is you'll be surprised to know most of them used either rosewood or maple for their fretboards, even the black ones were just stained from one of those two.
Most of them cracked from being dried out, low humidity, excessive dry heat, since you repaired that already, maybe give it a head start to being a little more healthy, take a cup of water, set it inside the guitar, cover the soundhole, and let it evaporate over a few days, the wood will soak it up improving it tremendously.
Get your self one of these https://www.amazon.com/Music-Nomad-MN300-Acoustic-Humidifier/dp/B00... for this any other older guitar you have, even if you have good humidity, can only help these old dried out for years guitars.
Thanks Korrigan, yea, its a little different look, but I like it. Awesome info Richard, I definitely will look into getting the humidifier. I do want help keep the acoustics in decent shape. As for the strings, I plan on tuning Open G or Open D. Thanks for the info
several open D tuning's are used, this one I think will be the easiest on an older git, plus the sound is full, common tuning for folk, blues, and slide guitar.