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It all began in 1931 in Los Angeles. George Beauchamp, a steel-guitar player from Texas, was searching for a way to make his guitar heard over the other instruments in the band. A simple goal, and so the experimenting began. Actually, from as early as 1925 Beauchamp had been fooling around with the new science of electronics - winding coils with the motor from his washing machine in an attempt to amplify the sound of a guitar string. The humble beginnings of the modern day pickup! Finally in 1930, using two horseshoe magnets and a coil, he achieved the sound he wanted. His friend, Harry Watson, built a neck and body for his creation in Beauchamp’s garage and the first electric guitar was born.

During his experiments, Beauchamp enlisted the help of Adolph Rickenbacker, a skilled production engineer with experience in manufacturing techniques. Together in 1931 they set up a company to produce the world’s first practical electric guitars.

The “Electro String Instrument Corporation” started to expand, producing it’s early “Rickenbacker Electros” out of aluminium, wood and bakelite. After Beauchamp’s death, Adolph Rickenbacker continued the Electro String tradition for another thirteen years. In 1953, Adolph sold his company to F.C. Hall - and so began the modern era of Rickenbacker guitars.

The early 50’s was a period of major change in the music industry. The popularity of steel guitars was decreasing in favour of the more versatile electric Spanish guitar. In response to this shift, F.C. Hall hired Roger Rossmeisl, a European instrument designer, to produce the popular solid body “Combo” series, and in 1958, the innovative hollow body “Capri” model.

All Capri styles were available with or without vibrato, a choice of either two or three pickups, deluxe or standard fingerboard inlays, neck and body bindings and the famous slim “fast action” neck. Thanks to these innovations sales soon started to take off.

One of the finest compliments bestowed on Rickenbacker guitars is their continuous use over the last seven decades, by some of the most enduring artists, spanning a variety of styles. Their success in crossing such musical boundaries attest to the supreme adaptability, range and scope of their performance.

In the short lifetime of electric string instruments, very few basses have earned the accolade necessary to genuinely call themselves ‘classics’. Even less can claim the title of ‘industry standard’ - but no one can dispute the fact that the Rickenbacker 4000 series deserve these titles.

The piano string-like ring, punch and sustain brought the bass player out of the shadow and into the spotlight. Entire new dimensions of bass playing capability are directly attributable to this venerable series.

All Rickenbacker guitars and basses are still lovingly hand-crafted in America, just as they have been since Adolph Rickenbacker took his first electric guitar to the United States Patent Office in 1931. Indeed little has changed in production methods over the years.

The specification calls for simplicity, perhaps the most elegant and subtle virtue of engineering technique. The interaction between neck and body combines with hardware, electronic and pickup characteristics to achieve a harmonic honesty and markedly superior sustain and ring.

Experienced craftsmen lovingly oversee every detail of production. No robots - just human hands and eyes, backed by a determination to make, quite simply, the best products possible.

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Rickenbacker 00001 Standard 4003 Rhythm Pickup, Chrome

Model:
5000001
Name:
Rickenbacker Standard 4003 Rhythm Pickup, Chrome

Rickenbacker 00003 Standard 4003 Treble Pickup

Model:
5000003
Name:
Rickenbacker Standard 4003 Treble Pickup

Rickenbacker 00020 Standard 300 Series Rhythm Pickup

Model:
5000020
Name:
Rickenbacker Standard 300 Series Rhythm Pickup

Rickenbacker 00022 Standard 300 Series Treble Pickup

Model:
5000022
Name:
Rickenbacker Standard 300 Series Treble Pickup

Rickenbacker 00030 Vintage Toaster Top Pickup - Guitar

Model:
5000030
Name:
Rickenbacker Vintage Toaster Top Pickup - Guitar

Rickenbacker 00031 Vintage Toaster Top Pickup - Bass Guitar

Model:
5000031
Name:
Rickenbacker Vintage Toaster Top Pickup - Bass Guitar

Rickenbacker 00060 Humbucker, Chrome

Model:
5000060
Name:
Rickenbacker Humbucker, Chrome

Rickenbacker 00061 Humbucker, Gold

Model:
5000061
Name:
Rickenbacker Humbucker, Gold

Rickenbacker 00202 5 Control Harness

Model:
5000202
Name:
Rickenbacker 5 Control Harness

Rickenbacker 00204 4004 Harness

Model:
5000204
Name:
Rickenbacker 4004 Harness

Rickenbacker 00205 650 Harness

Model:
5000205
Name:
Rickenbacker 650 Harness

Rickenbacker 00209 Harness, Jack Mono Double

Model:
5000209
Name:
Rickenbacker Harness, Jack Mono Double

Rickenbacker 00210 Harness, Jack Mono Single

Model:
5000210
Name:
Rickenbacker Harness, Jack Mono Single

Rickenbacker 00211 Harness, Jack ROS Double

Model:
5000211
Name:
Rickenbacker Harness, Jack ROS Double
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