A rare guitar, this Regal-made Hawaiian lap guitar with Weissenborn Kona-stylehollow neck construction, dates to the heyday of Hawaiian music in the USA during the 1920s. Marketed by Regal as the ‘Hawyofone Guitar’, an example of this instrument being played appears on the 1994 Grisman/Aldridge/Brozman CD ‘Tone Poems Volume 3’.
This all-Mahogany instrument is incredibly light, weighing just under 2.5lbs (1.13kg). It resonates accordingly, being constructed from just 4 pieces of very thin Mahogany: a one-piece top, 2-piece back and one continuous piece forming the sides. The floral decals are original to the instrument and were very a la mode for the era. Overall condition of this very playable instrument is very good for 95 years of age. There are two tight cracks on the treble side of the top showing no separation or movement. The bridge shows separation along the line of the bridge pins but is stable and functional. An under-bridge pickup was fitted at one point, now removed but the bottom strap button / input jack remains. Comes without a case but if needed we have some vintage options that would suit.