The fantastic Rickenbacker guitars originate from 1932 and were the first electric guitars to be produced.
The 1960’s and the band that made the Rickenbacker guitar most famous was probably The Beatles. Regularly seen in the early days of The Beatles and used by both John Lennon and George Harrison. Surprisingly and maybe not, all members of The Beatles had Rickenbacker guitars.
The Rickenbacker is made in a range of 6 string models including the 325, 330, 330/12, 360, 360/12, 370/12, 450, 450/12, 620, 620/12 and 660/12. Some of these having the Bigsby tremolo/vibrato tailpiece.
Rickenbacker made a range of bass guitars starting with the 4000 model in 1957 being one of the first electric bass guitars produced. Later bass guitar models included the 4001 and 4003.
Just to finish off, who are some of the famous musicians/guitarists that have played Rickenbackers. Well not a lot, but we can include John Lennon (Beatles), George Harrison (Beatles), John Fogerty (CCR), Roger McGuinn (Byrds), Paul Weller (Style Council) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.).