The History of Rickenbacker Guitars

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Centerstream Publications, 1987 - Music - 246 pages
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(Reference). This 256-page soft-cover book gives a complete and illustrated history of the development of Rickenbacker instruments from 1931 to the present. Rickenbacker is the only book of its kind to chronicle the history of the company who in 1931 introduced electric instruments to the world. The book provides information and full-color photos of the many artists who have used and are using Rickenbacker instruments. Rickenbacker collectors will find this book invaluable as it contains recently discovered accurate facts previously unavailable to researchers.
 

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This is a fairly comprehensive reference on Rickenbacker's instruments. It has a great section on the early models (pre-1950) that covers the steels RIC made really well. It also covers the modern era ... Read full review

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Contents

The Early History
1
The National String Instrument Corporation
2
Forming the National Corporation
4
Adolph Rickenbacker
5
The Single Cone National Guitars
6
Inventing a Practical Electric Guitar
9
The Early Rickenbacker Company RoPatIn Corporation
10
The Electro String Instrument Corporation
13
Model 615 and Model 625
150
Model 430
152
Model 470
153
Model 481
154
Model 490
156
Model 230 Hamburg and Model 250 El Dorado
157
Rickenbacker Electric Mandolins
158
Astro Kit
159

Beauchamps Patent Fight
16
The Early Electric Guitar Market
20
The War and Postwar Years
22
Instruments From 1931 to 1953
25
Hawaiian Steel Guitars
26
The Electro Hawaiian Guitar
28
Model B and Model BD Hawaiian Guitars
31
The Silver Hawaiian Model
38
Model 59
39
Model SDSD6 six strings SD7 seven strings SD8 eight strings
40
Spanish Guitars
44
The Ken Roberts Model
45
The Artist Model Spanish Guitar
46
The Electro String Model B
47
The Vibrola Spanish Guitar
48
The Rickenbacker Spanish SP
52
The Electro Violin Viola and Cello
53
The Electro Bass Viol
55
Miscellaneous
56
The Modern Rickenbacker Company
57
Rickenbacker in the 1950s
58
The New Rickenbackers
59
Rickenbacker in the 1960s
66
The Beatles
68
The Beatles Rickenbackers
75
The British Invasion Groups and Rickenbacker
79
Pete Townshend on Rickenbacker
81
Rickenbacker and the New American Rock Groups
84
Color Section
87
The Transonic Amplifiers
119
The Eko Guitars
123
Rickenbacker and the New Music of the 1980s
125
The Vintage Series
128
1954 to the present
129
General Notes on Modern Rickenbackers
130
The Rickenbacker Color Guide
132
Rickenbacker Vibratos
133
Rickenbacker Pickups
135
Causes for Inconsistencies
136
Odd But Original
137
Solid Body Standard Guitars
138
Combo 600 Single pickup and Combo 800 Double pickup
139
Combo 400
142
Combo 450
143
Combo 650 Single pickup and Combo 850 Double pickup
146
Model 420 and Model 425The Model 425
148
Model 460
149
The Electro Guitars
160
Hollow Body Standard Guitars The 300 Series
161
The Thin Hollow Body Guitars Models 310375
162
Model 325V59
165
Model 325V63
166
Models 330345
167
Model 331
170
Models 360375
171
The Thick Body Series Models 380394
177
Models 385389
180
Model 390394
183
The Banjoline and Bantar
187
Model 6005
188
Rickenbacker Electric Twelve Strings
189
Model 36012 Deluxe
191
Model 62512 and Model 62012
193
Model 33012
194
Model 360F12
195
Model 36012V64
196
Model 33612
197
Rickenbacker Electric Basses
198
Model 4000
201
Model 4001
203
Model 4001S
205
Model 4005 and Model 40056
207
Model 4005L
208
Model 3000
210
Model 4002
211
Model 4003
212
Model 4003S
213
Model 4008
214
Rickenbacker Doubleneck Instruments
215
The Tommy Page Doubleneck
216
Model 36212
217
The Rickenbacker Export Guitars
218
Model 1995
220
Model 3261 and Model 3262
221
Unusual and Custom Rickenbackers
222
The El Toro
223
Dating Rickenbacker Guitars
224
Production Totals 19321942
229
Patents
231
Production Totals for Guitars and Basses 19541968
233
Chapter Notes
242
About the Author
244
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