Regal Tenor Cigar Box Guitar

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Regal Tenor Cigar Box Guitar


What do you do with a very old tenor guitar that has a useless body but a fine neck with a classic Regal decal? Get a great old cigar box, some store bought parts, and put together a classic RAT* instrument.

* Radical Artistic Treasure

This RAT tenor guitar is fitted with new Grover " stay tight " friction tuners. The bridge was made by a U.S. A. manufacturer and styled after Regal ukulele bridges. It was adjusted to fit the cigar box better and allow playable string action. The strings are attached at the lower bout by guitar pins . I used classical guitar strings with ball ends . You could try extra light steel strings if you need that sound. It's tuned D , G , B , E like the bottom four strings on a guitar.

I discovered some facts about scale length for tenor guitars and made sure the distance between the nut and bridge allowed for proper tuning. Hence, the attachment of the strings at the bottom of the cigar box.

This was a fun project and called for inventive use of different construction styles. The guitar was originally fitted with a metal tail piece , a flying bridge and a larger body.

Scale length - 23 inches

Nut to 12th fret 11 1/2 inches

Total length 29 1/2 inches

Cigar box width 7 3/4 inches

Cigar box length 11 1/4 inches

Cigar box depth 2 1/2 inches

UPDATE: A reset of the neck angle was required to improve playability. Improvement noted. Much better - lower action. The volume needed a boost so a K&K contact pick up from FleaMarket Music was installed.This is now an electric/acoustic RatUke - Yoohoo! The appearance needed work. Some stain and two coats of polyurethane spruced this baby up. It is fitted with a guitar strap attached on the lower neck and bottom of cigar box. New photos will be posted soon. Contact me if you have any questions.

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Wood

Size: 29.5 inches

Pattern: Cigar box Guitar

Color: Brown

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United States
First Item: $20.00
Additional Items: $20.00


My husband and I have been selling vintage stringed instruments and other vintage treasures on ebay since 1998 with 100% positive feedback. Please email me with any questions you may have. I would be happy to hear from you.

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All items will be shipped within 2 days of receiving payment. I ship First Class USPS or Priority if required. If you have been overcharged more than US $1.00 for shipping and insurance, I will refund you the difference.

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I want you to be happy with your purchase and will do my best to describe and photograph each item and/or point out anything that I, as a buyer, would want to know. We will accept returns shipped back to us within 7 days of delivery in the same condition - but you agree to pay postage both ways.



Wonderful to do business with. I bought this as a gift for my sister-in-law, for Christmas. The seller was very gracious in mailing it to Michigan for me. Very fast shipping, too! Thank you so much, Peggi


A perfect transaction and a pleasure to deal with. Thanks so much and enjoy! :)


Wonderful buyer! Great person to do business with, Welcome back anytime!Crystal Vitality Bead Shop


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This fabric is beautiful! Even lovelier than the pictures! Wonderful little surprises in the package. Great communication, prompt shipping. Definitely a terrific studio!


Great item for my husband. Just as described. Thank you PattyAnn


Hi Trish,
This afternoon, I received the package, it is for my husband, he likes pyramid a lot, he saw it on my FB page when I created the collection for your ride. It was a surprise for him.
Thank you so very much and for the gift.

Andrea Designs by Andrea Wagner


Arrived so quickly, I almost had to duck!


Items arrived quickly and exactly as described. This is the second time I've done business with PattyAnn, and she's great to work with!

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