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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

1968 model 366-12 in Moonglo
"In late 1966, Rickenbacker began production of the рconvertibleс 12-string guitar. The converter mechanism consisted of a modified pickguard assembly, a sliding metal comb, and a hinged arm held in place by a metal bracket and large hold-down screw. The convertible 12-string would allow the player, with a single movement of the six-pronged retaining comb, to pull down and retain the octave strings below the picking area, thus enabling a switch from 12- to 6-string guitar (and back) without having to change guitars. The convertible models were designated with a р6с in the third digitяso the 360-12 was known as the 366-12, the 330-12 was the 336-12, and even the modest solidbody 450-12, when endowed with a converter, became the 456-12. This example has a rare Moonglo (dark cherry burst) finish."