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Take a walk through this brief historical photo gallery which outlines the beginnings and design progression of the Rickenbacker guitars that rocked the world. Photos and captions by Ron O''Keefe

1956 Combo 600 in Turquoise
"The Combo line of guitars featured bolt-on necks, metal truss rod covers, recessed edges on the body front, and a horseshoe pickup in the bridge position. In the horseshoe pickup, the strings passed through a magnetic field created by magnets below and magnetized рshoesс above the strings. This early model also has a chambered body, hollowed out from the back, with a gold metal pickguard. The horseshoe pickup installed on the Combo 600 was a single-coil with volume and tone controls. "