Dating rickenbacker 360
The folk music trend of the early ’60s and its reliance on flattop 12-string guitars inspired Rickenbacker to fashion an electric 12-string in 1963.Although other companies (notably Gibson and Danelectro) had made earlier attempts, the Rickenbacker 12-string electric became the most sought-after because of its association with George Harrison.It resembles the description in the 1957 Rickenbacker catalog of a Model M-11A.It is equipped with tremolo and a Jensen 12" speaker dating to 1968. Dave’s Guitar Shop Dave Rogers’ collection is tended by Laun Braithwaite and Tim Mullally and is on display at: Dave’s Guitar Shop 1227 Third Street South La Crosse, WI 54601 Photos by Mullally and text by Braithwaite.This example has a deep, unfaded version of Rickenbacker’s most popular color—fireglo. The current value for one in excellent all-original condition is ,000.The exact model name of the amp behind the guitar is unknown to us.(He received the second one made in early 1964.) The 1968 360/12 pictured here has the features most often associated with classic Deluxe Rickenbacker models of the ’60s.
RIGHT: The rear-mounted tuners for the doubled top and octave strings.
The Rickenbacker 360 electric guitar is a hallmark of 1960s music and culture.
(Radio-Tel) purchased the Electro String Company from Adolph Rickenbacker in 1953.
In early 1954, German guitar maker Roger Rossmeisl was hired, and his unique “old world” designs gave Rickenbacker guitars a distinctive look that continues today.
In the 1920s, Adolph Rickenbacker began a successful tool-and-die business in Los Angeles, and eventually his outfit began providing metal parts for various guitar companies, including National. Hall revamped the business and focused on electric standard guitars, rather than steels.
Together with two former National employees—George Beauchamp and Paul Barth—Rickenbacker designed and marketed the first “Frying Pan” electrified lap-steel guitar. These electric guitars were slow sellers at first, but they continued to increase in popularity as the 1950s progressed.