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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

1969 model 381 in Fireglo
"The model 381 was introduced in 1968 with a body depth of 2 3/4 inches, making it the deepest of the Rickenbacker body sizes of that era and more semi-acoustic than semi-hollow. This early production example (serial # IA) has Toaster Top pickups and an indented рGerman carveс body front and back, with checkered binding on both sides. This model was reissued in the late у80s as the 381V69, available both in 6- and 12-string models. "