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

"As fortune would have it, John Lennon played a Rickenbacker guitar that was extremely rare—a short-scale (20.75"") semi-hollow model two inches thick at the body, of which less than 10 examples were produced in that era. Further adding to its rarity is the belief that it was one of the few made with no soundhole. A book could be written about Lennon's first model 325 and the various modifications made to it. Rickenbacker carried reissues of this model in both the original Mapleglo and Jetglo finishes in the '80s and through early 2009, when it was discontinued."
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