Electric and bass guitar manufacturer

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Rickenbacker International Corporation
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1931; 89 years ago (1931)
FounderAdolph Rickenbacker
George Beauchamp
Area served
Key people
Adolph Rickenbacker
George Beauchamp
ProductsElectric, acoustic, lap and console steel guitars, basses, amplifiers, electric violins, electric mandolins, electric banjos

Rickenbacker International Corporation is a string instrument manufacturer based in Santa Ana, California. The company is credited as the first known maker of electric guitars—in 1932—and eventually produced a range of electric guitars and bass guitars.[1] Rickenbacker twelve string guitars were favored by The Beatles, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, Hilton Valentine of The Animals, and Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers. Players of the six string include John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Kay of Steppenwolf, Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steven Schouten of Misty Lanes and Kat Harley of The Laurels. Players who have used Rickenbacker basses include Paul McCartney, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Cliff Burton of Metallica, Roger Glover & Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Paul Wilson of Snow Patrol, Chris Squire of Yes, Geddy Lee of Rush, Al Cisneros of Sleep and Om, Rick James, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Kevin Parker of Tame Impala.

Current line of products manufactured include electric and acoustic guitars and basses.

  1. ^ Tony Bacon; Paul Day (1994), The Rickenbacker Book, Miller Freeman Books, p. 9, ISBN 0-87930-329-8

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