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GALLERY: The Rickenbackers That Rocked the World

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

1959 Capri 335 in Fireglo
"The Capri was also issued with рstandardс trim as displayed on this exampleяdot fretboard markers and no body or neck binding. In all other respects, the standard 330 series Capri was constructed like the deluxe 360 series Capri. This example displays the bright red burst finish known as Fireglo, which entered the Rick finish line in 1959 and has been a standard ever since. It is also equipped with a Kauffman vibrola unit. Capris with vibrola units were often equipped with рrollerс bridgesяeach bridge saddle had a small metal roller insert shaped like the ball-end of a guitar stringяto enable the strings to be moved by the vibrola with a minimum of friction at the bridge."
The Return of Johnny Cash—John Carter Cash Interview
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A technicolor swirl of distortion, drive, boost, and ferocious fuzz.

Summons a wealth of engaging, and often unique, boost, drive, distortion, and fuzz tones that deviate from common templates. Interactive controls.

Finding just-right tones, while rewarding, might demand patience from less assured and experienced drive-pedal users. Tone control could be more nuanced.

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Danelectro Nichols 1966
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The Danelectro Nichols 1966, in spite of its simplicity, feels and sounds like a stompbox people will use in about a million different ways. Its creator, Steve Ridinger, who built the first version as an industrious Angeleno teen in 1966, modestly calls the China-made Nichols 1966 a cross between a fuzz and a distortion. And, at many settings, it is most certainly that.

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Blackstar's Class A, single-ended, 1x12 tube combo that pays homage to classic American amplifiers.

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The author standing next to a Richardson gunstock lathe purchased from Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory. It was used to make six necks at a time at Gibson in the 1950s and 1960s.

Keep your head down and put in the work if you want to succeed in the gear-building business.

The accelerated commodification of musical instruments during the late 20th century conjures up visions of massive factories churning out violins, pianos, and, of course, fretted instruments. Even the venerable builders of the so-called “golden age” were not exactly the boutique luthier shops of our imagination.

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