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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

Early Years: 1937 Ken Roberts with Kauffman Vibrola
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.