I once saw a very nice looking guitar in an antique shop in Bloemfontein. At the time I did not know what the type of guitar was called, but I immediately recognised it as being the same as the one that Keb Mo posed with on an album cover. It was priced at R400 so I immediately bought it. The antique shop owner told me that the original owner bought the guitar in London, in 1928. He played it for years in a "boereorkes" in the Free State, then passed it on to his son who did not play at all. Eventually it got sold to the antique shop. It carried the name "Regal". I researched it, and found that "Regal" existed only up to WW2, after which "Dobro" took the factory over. I've been told that it could be worth about $1000, depending on the condition. It still has a nice sound, though one of the machine heads had been replaced by a homemade one, and it has a fret buzz or two. But a real nice bluesy sound.
I've been searching through antique shops ever since, convinced that a nice old '69 Fender Strat would be hidden behind a chair somewhere, waiting just for me after an old "tannie" finally sold her son's guitar which he never learned to play anyway...no such luck!
Has anyone of you encountered gems like these?
Pics! Immediately! 🙂
I've had two '68 Strats over the years, both bought for a few hundred rand (R275 and R450). Total dogs, so I fixed 'em up and sold 'em on (idiot! But who knew?).
My parents have had worship teams since before I was born. They've been through 60's strats, gibson's, Marshall and peavey amps. Couldn't they just have kept 1 guitar for me >☹