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“Welcome to the guitar collection. On the second floor of our store we have on display over 300 guitars and more than 50 amps that I’ve accumulated over the years. The friends and customers that have visited us seem to really appreciate being able to view this, so we thought we would share it with our online friends and fellow guitar enthusiasts as well. Enjoy!”

- Dave Rogers

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Rickenbacker 950, ’63

Fireglo, Serial number CE510.
 

Rickenbacker 366, ’67

Fireglo, Serial number GI4142.
 

Rickenbacker 325, ’64

Fireglo, Serial number DG894.
 

Rickenbacker 360/12, ’68

Mapleglo, Serial number HJ1574.
 

Rickenbacker 335, ’67

Fireglo, Serial # 6K4637.
 

Rickenbacker 370/12 WB, '94

Fireglo, Serial # D79206.

 

Rickenbacker 370 WB, '81

Fireglo, Serial # UD1349

 

Rickenbacker 625, '65

Fireglo, Serial # EB326.

 

Rickenbacker 330, '67

Mapleglo, Serial #GF2898.

 

Rickenbacker 330, '67

Fireglo, GB966.

 

Rickenbacker 365, '67

Fireglo, Serial # GC1055.

 

Rickenbacker 360/12, ’68

Fireglo, Serial # HA122. Adolph Rickenbacker began a successful Los Angeles, California tool-and-die business in the 1920s, which eventually provided metal parts for guitar companies like National. Together with two former National employees George Beauchamp and Paul Barth, Rickenbacker designed and marketed the first “Frying Pan “electrified lap steel guitar. F.C. Hall, owner of Radio & Television Equipment Co. (Radio-Tel) purchased the Electro String Company from Adolph Rickenbacker in1953. Hall revamped the business and focused on electric standard guitars rather than steels. The electric guitars were slow sellers at first, but they continued to increase in popularity as the 1950s progressed. In early 1954 German guitar maker Roger Rossmeisl was hired, and his unique “old world” designs gave Rickenbacker guitars the distinctive look that continues today. The folk music trend of the early ‘60s and its reliance on flat-top 12-string guitars inspired Rickenbacker to fashion an electric 12-string in 1963. Although other companies had made earlier attempts (Gibson and Danelectro), the Rickenbacker 12-string electric became the most sought after because of its association with George Harrison of the Beatles (he received the second one made in early 1964).   The 1968 360/12 pictured has the features most often associated with classic Deluxe Rickenbacker models of the’60s. These include: a bound maple neck, gloss finished rosewood fingerboard with large triangle shaped inlays, two “toaster” single coil pickups, maple body with checker board binding on the back, slash soundhole, and “R” tailpiece. This example has a deep un-faded version of Rickenbacker’s most popular color, Fireglo. The 1966 list price was $524.50.
 

Rickenbacker 375, '67

Jetglo, Serial # GF2983.

 

Rickenbacker 375, '66

Mapleglo, Serial # FL4274.

 

Rickenbacker 331 Light Show, '71

Serial # KJ662.

The Rickenbacker Company has made interesting innovative instruments since the time it was founded in the first half of the twentieth century.  One such instrument was the Model 331 electric guitar, which is more commonly known as “the light show guitar”.  This is how the original 1970 leaflet described the super- psychedelic masterpiece:

 

“The Model 331 combines a fine musical instrument with the thrill of a light show. Internally lighted by a set of frequency modulated lamps, this instrument will shimmer with infinite color and pattern variety. This instrument also features Stereo out put, Hi-gain pickups, and 24 frets.  The three modulation channels are variable with a sensitivity control to make this patented instrument a beautiful performer in the stage situations professionals encounter.” 

 

 The guitar had the same body as a 330 but with a bound neck and a translucent plastic top. The body had colored lamps built inside. A different colored lamp lit when a different frequency was played (red for treble, yellow for mids, and blue for bass).

 

This example from the collection dates to October of 1971, and has an improved circuit and a heavier duty outboard transformer from earlier versions.

What can I say about this one? It certainly is rare and it still works just fine. This one is sure a hit at the company Christmas party! I bought this one from my good friend Joe Pena.

 

Rickenbacker Model 1993, '65

Firglo, Serial # ED548.

Nothing says “the sixties” like a Rickenbacker 12 string electric guitar. After late 1963 when George Harrison of the Beatles received his first one, rock and roll was never the same again. Thousands of aspiring rock ‘n rollers saw George Harrison use his Rickenbacker 360/12 in the movie “Hard Days Night”, and were motivated to seek out this exotic instrument so they too could make the same shimmering sounds.

 

American players were surprised to find that these stunning guitars with the German name were U.S.A. made in California.  British customers bought their guitars through the U.K. instrument distributor Rose, Morris.

 

The features of the Rickenbackers made for Rose, Morris (like this month’s featured guitar) differed subtly from the American versions.  The most notable change was a traditional “F” shaped sound hole compared to the “slash” sound hole of the U.S. models. Rose, Morris also assigned its own model numbers.

 

This guitar is a Rose, Morris Model 1993 dating to April of 1965. Its features are similar those of a 330/12 except for the body binding on the top and back (this style binding was used on the original 360s before the change to a rounded top in mid-1964).

 

A Model 1993 was used by Who guitarist Pete Townsend as a “chord machine” on many of the band’s early records. A great example of this sound is heard on the song ‘I Can’t Explain’.

 

Rickenbacker 360 WB, '95

Fireglo, Serial # K84987.

 

Rickenbacker 360 WB, '92

Mapleglo, Serial # G56451.

 

Rickenbacker 365, '65

Fireglo, Serial # EI858.

 

Rickenbacker 365, '63

Fireglo, Serial # CG730.

 

Rickenbacker 360, '59

Fireglo, Serial # 2T552.

 

Rickenbacker 330, '58

Reverse Fireglo, Serial # 2T179.

F.C. Hall purchased the Electro String Company from Adolf Rickenbacker in late 1953. This company had been known mostly for its electric steel guitars, but Hall revamped the business and focused on electric standard guitars (which continued to increase in popularity as the 1950s progressed). In early 1954 German guitar maker Roger Rossmeisl was hired, and his unique “old world” designs gave Rickenbacker guitars the distinctive look that continues today.

 

Rickenbacker developed a new series of guitars in 1958 that eventually evolved into some of the company’s most famous models. This was a line of thin semi-acoustic guitars known as the Capri series. These instruments started as a solid blocks of wood, which were then hollowed out to some extent from the back. A separate back was later attached. This method devised by Rossmeisl was very unusual compared to traditional techniques used by other companies.

 

This early 330 Rickenbacker has certain features that distinguish it from later incarnations. Prior to designing their own distinctive tailpieces, Rickenbacker used standard trapeze versions available in parts catalogs of the day. The single gold pick guard was soon replaced by a double level guard, which by 1964 was made of white plexiglas. The T.V. knobs and open back Grovers are other early features. The most unusual thing about this guitar is the rare “Reverse” Fireglo finish.

 

Rickenbacker Doubleneck, '74

Fireglo, Serial # NF3602

 

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