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

This guitar was an early and rare departure from Rickenbackerуs standard lap steel fare in the у30sяa full-bodied рelectro-Spanishс 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 у50s. This guitar has a dark brown woodgrain finish and metal рRickenbacherс (with an рhс) badge on a pearloid headstock veneer. The рhс in the name was replaced by a рkс in the mid-у50s.