Regal RD-52 “Black Lightning” dobro resonator guitar


Review after review the RD-52 has got the sound you’re looking for!

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The Regal RD-52 “Black Lightning”

resonator guitar is a professional level dobro guitar with all the chops, afordably priced and loaded with features! There’s never been another resophonic guitar like it—the Regal RD-52 is an unprecedented value with a style and look all its own! With its distinctive pearl peghead inlay design and unmatched build quality, it is no surprise that this popular Regal consistently outclasses anything at three times the price. Our goal from the very beginning was to combine all of the ground breaking design features and legendary tonal characteristics of vintage originals, with modern construction techniques to make instruments that are priced within the reach of the working musician or any square-neck enthusiast. Features include all mahogany construction with a rosewood fingerboard finished in a translucent glossy black that still lets the actual color of the wood shine through, a genuine USA-made cone, an old-style sound-well with parallelogram openings, a scale length of 25in, nickel-plated hardware, and the period correct California-style body and neck shape. We believe that the RD-52 Black Lightning is the best value ever offered in a resophonic guitar and will satisfy any customer looking for that true square neck sound.

  • All mahogany construction in a beautiful high gloss transparent black finish looks and sounds stunning
  • Classic prewar 12th fret body joint recreates the sound of the original resonator guitars from the 30s
  • Attractive design peghead with Black Lightning inlay design provides a classic art deco look
  • Regal’s vintage style rock maple trapezoid ported sound well produces a rich classic tone
  • Golden Gate’s patented spider and US made aluminum cone resonate with crisp clarity
  • Recommended cases: C-1512
    Back and Side Material Mahogany
    Binding White ABS
    Body / Top Material Mahogany
    Body Plating Translucent Black High-gloss
    Body Style California-style
    Bridge Type Aluminum Spider Bridge
    Cover Plate Design Classic Slotted Sunray Pattern
    & Peghead Binding
    Fingerboard Material Rosewood
    Fingerboard Position Inlays Pearloid Dot
    Hardware Plating Nickel-plating
    Headstock Style Solid
    Inlay Style Abalone and M-O-P / Black Lightning Motif
    Neck Finish Translucent Black High Gloss
    Neck Material Mahogany
    Neck Shape Square
    Number of Frets Clear 12
    Number of Frets Total 19
    Nut Material Bone
    Nut Width 2″
    Other Options
    Peghead Overlay Rosewood
    Recommended Strings
    Resonator Deluxe Spun Aluminum Cone / USA Made
    Saddle Maple
    Scale Length 25″
    Soundhole Shape Screened Rings
    Top Purfling Multi-ply W-B-W
    Truss Rod Non-Adjustable
    Tuning Machine Plating Nickel
    Tuning Machines Deluxe Vintage-style Open-back / Butterbean Buttons

    Country of manufacture China

The RD-52 Black Lightning is shown without a case. Be sure to select the case made for this guitar shown below for your convenience. 

This guitar is covered by our 14-day customer satisfaction guarantee, and qualifies for free shipping in 48 states.

The manufacturer suggests we sell this guitar for $695 but you won’t pay that at Beyond Guitars!

Additional information

Weight 23 lbs


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