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Rickenbacker: Pioneers of Electric Guitars

The Rickenbacker International Corporation, based in Santa Ana, California, holds a significant place in the world of musical instruments. Founded in 1931 by Adolph Rickenbacher and George Beauchamp,
 
The Rickenbacker design ethos emphasizes elegance, simplicity, and functionality. Their instruments often feature distinctive body shapes, including the iconic “Rickenbacker shape” with its sleek curves and unique contours. The company's commitment to craftsmanship and quality materials has contributed to their enduring popularity.
 
When it comes to Rickenbacker, one name stands out: John Lennon. The legendary Beatles guitarist and songwriter wielded a Rickenbacker 325 during the band’s early years. The jangly sound of his Rickenbacker became synonymous with the Beatles’ music, especially on tracks like “A Hard Day's Night”and "Ticket to Ride.” Lennon's love for Rickenbacker guitars helped propel the brand into the spotlight, cementing its place in rock'n'roll history.
 
Besides John Lennon, several other notable artists have wielded Rickenbacker guitars, contributing to their iconic status:
The late Tom Petty, frontman of  the Heartbreakers, frequently played a Rickenbacker 660/12, known for its distinctive 12-string jangle. Songs like “American Girl” showcase this sound.
 
 Roger McGuinn, the lead guitarist of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn popularized the Rickenbacker 360/12 after acquiring the instrument having seen George Harrison plaing his 360/12. His chiming Rickenbacker tones defined hits like “Mr. Tambourine Man.”
 
The Jam’s Paul Weller favored Rickenbacker instruments, particularly the Rickenbacker 330. His mod-influenced music often featured these guitars.
 
R.E.M.'s Peter Buck relied on Rickenbacker guitars throughout the band.s career. His jangly playing on tracks like "Losing My Religion”exemplifies the Rickenbacker sound. Here is his very own custom 360 built for him by Rickenbacker on our workshop bench.. We set it up for him, restrung it and sorted an issue with his Bigsby trem when he was playing a gig in Oran Mor last year. I don't know if you can make it out but the top is custom shaped from the Rickenbacker factory to accept his favoured Bigsby unit. I reckon he sold a few guitars for them over the years.

 

Whether you.re a vintage enthusiast or a modern player, Rickenbacker remains a symbol of timeless design and sonic excellence!

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Rickenbacker bass guitars have left an indelible mark on music, and several renowned artists have wielded them. 
The legendary bassist of Yes, Chris Squire's thunderous Rickenbacker 4001 tones defined progressive rock.
As the bassist for The Beatles and Wings, McCartney played a Rickenbacker 4001S, contributing to both band's iconic sound.
Lemmy Kilmister: The frontman of Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister's aggressive bass lines on his Rickenbacker 4001 powered the band's heavy rock sound.
Rush's virtuoso bassist Geddy Lee relied on Rickenbacker instruments, showcasing their versatility across various genres.
Deep Purple's bassist Roger Glover added Rickenbacker tones to classic tracks like “Smoke on the Water.”
The late Cliff Burton of Metallica played a Rickenbacker 4003, leaving an indelible mark on metal music.
These artists, along with many others, have left an indelible mark on music using Rickenbacker guitars.