The debate rages on as to what was the first modern electric guitar, however, the Rickenbacker (aka the Ken Roberts) electric guitar is one of the front-runners of that race. One, in particular, a 1935 Rickenbacker, a
full-scale electro Spanish guitar, sold with a price tag of $7.5 million dollars on March 3, 2017. Although the receipt was notarized, the sale could not be independently verified.
The guitar wasn’t very popular when it was in its prime, but it laid down the basics for current guitar designs. Very few of these guitars are left making the typical cost of them around $3,000 to $5,000.
Rickenbacker also made the Electro-Spanish Model B (aka the Electro Hawaiian) which was the Ken Robert’s more popular twin, with a solid body made of Bakelite walls. This instrument lit the way for solid body guitars
to come to the spotlight in the 1950s.
Rickenbacker was founded in 1931 as the Ro-Pat-In Corporation in order to sell Hawaiian guitars. They were based in Santa Ana, California and in 1932 were the first to produce electric guitars.
Guitar Notes on Electric Innovation:
The most innovative creation after that has to be the “log guitar” which was a 4×4 post with a neck attached and homemade hardware and pickups. It had Epiphone hollow body haves for decoration. This franken-guitar was built by none other than Les Paul in 1940. Here is a look at this guitar.
He understood that the solid body would combat the terrible feedback of the hollow models. The designers knew of the feedback issue long before “the log” came into creation as the Rickenbacker models had some solid Bakelite models then. Most guitar manufacturers didn’t show interest in his solid body electric guitars until Fender had its own line in the 1950s.
Guitar Notes on Interesting Sales this Month:
1954 Gretsch Round up – A rare guitar and one that rarely comes up for sale. They have so many bells and whistles that they are sure to have something wrong with them by the time they come to the shop whether its cosmetic or not. It’s a bit country-western looking, it even has a leather western motif bridge piece that gives it a look like a western belt buckle.
1958 Gibson Korina Flying V – One of the most cool looking vintage guitars. They really were out of their time. They were produced limitedly in 1958 from korina wood and fewer than 100 Vs were ever made in the original production. The guitars were discontinued in 1959. It was initially an unpopular axe, but now they are on the top of the most coveted list. Blues guitarists Lonnie Mack and Albert King both started using these guitars