If we had to thank just one luthier for the electric guitar as we know it today, that luthier would be Rickenbacker. When they introduced the world's first solid-body electric guitars in 1939, they made music history and laid the foundation for the entire rock'n'roll genre. Since then, they've been along for the ride as rock evolved, becoming the favorite instruments of bands including the Beatles, the Who, the Byrds and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. There's simply no substitute for the timeless jangle of Rickenbacker electric guitars, which is why they're still some of the most sought-after axes around, more than three-quarters of a century after their debut.
When you think of all the history and prestige behind Rickenbacker electric guitars, it's totally understandable if you feel pressured to choose wisely. The good news is that it's not hard to make the right decision: just take your time and consider each model based on your wants and needs in an instrument, and the right option will make itself clear soon enough. For instance, are you looking for a throwback to the British invasion? If so, check out the Rickenbacker 325C64 and the 360 12-String Electric Guitar. Based on the vintage Rickenbacker 325 and 360/12 models played by John Lennon and George Harrison, respectively, these are as legendary as the Beatles who made them famous.
If you're looking for a more modern Rickenbacker design, how about the 1993Plus 12-String Electric Guitar? When Pete Townshend asked for a refresh of his treasured Model 1993, Rickenbacker responded with this amazing axe. Interested in something with an even more artisanal look? Don't miss the 360/12W, 360W, 330/12W and 330W. With a finish that shows off their natural walnut woodgrain, these guitars look as fantastic as they sound.
Owning a Rickenbacker guitar is almost like a rite of passage - whether you're a collector or a day-to-day gigging musician, these classic instruments are worth a very close look. Add one to your jam room or stage kit today and it won't take you long to fall in love with Rickenbacker's one-of-a-kind combination of vintage tone and modern playability.
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