The Rickenbackers That Rocked the World
Early Years: 1937 Ken Roberts with Kauffman Vibrola
This guitar was an early and rare departure from Rickenbacker’s standard lap steel fare in the ’30s—a full-bodied “electro-Spanish” guitar with a horseshoe pickup and side-to-side vibrola system designed by Doc Kauffman. This vibrola was an appendage that would adorn Rickenbackers through the late ’50s. This guitar has a dark brown woodgrain finish and metal “Rickenbacher” (with an “h”) badge on a pearloid headstock veneer. The “h” in the name was replaced by a “k” in the mid-’50s.