Founded in 1931, Rickenbacker was the first company in the world that set out with the exclusive aim of producing electric instruments. Its founder Adolph Rickenbacker originally started selling Hawaiian lap steel, slide and resonator guitars.
When rock and roll kicked in during the fifties, they moved to the standard guitars you know and love today: the 4000 series basses (precursors to the 4003 Jetglo bass) and the 300 series guitars are amongst the most popular. True stereo outputs and natural chorus from the 12 string 330.
In particular, The Beatles' use of Rickenbacker 6 strings, with Paul McCartney playing a Rick bass, firmly placed their iconic look and sound in popular consciousness. While Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and John Entwistle of The Who were amongst the earliest Rickenbacker bassists, their popularity has never dwindled with the Edge, Peter Buck (REM), Johnny Marr & Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) all rocking Rickenbacker.
Perhaps the most famous Rick roller of them all. Roger helped invent the "jingle-jangle" tone playing with the Byrds. The 370/12 model was one of the first 12 string electrics with a low action and playable neck. Roger became a fast fan and practiced hours a day on his, so helping define the sound of the 60's.
22 04 2009 02:54
John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band’s only recorded concert is coming to Shout! DVD on June 23.
21 04 2009 01:10
Devoted fans of The Beatles guitarist George Harrison are staging a unique concert and exhibition to honour his legacy.
17 04 2009 11:16
Meditate for a moment on the sound of The Beatles in the mid ’60s—those amazing three-part harmonies aside—and your mind’s ear is likely to land upon that stirring 12-string jangle and zing that was, for a time, a trademark of the Fab Four’s instrumental assault.
24 10 2008 11:07
According to a report on the Gigwise.com website, The Smiths' original members are “closer than ever” than to reuniting.
01 10 2008 11:24
How did the guitar become the world's favourite instrument? Alan Yentob begins this personal journey, fascinated by both the sound of the Oud, an ancient middle-eastern ancestor of the lute, and the iconic guitar draped round the necks of Bill Hailey and Elvis Presley, which rocked the cosy world of popular music in the 50s. Starts Sunday 5th October.
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