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Rickenbacker advertisement (1965)

Rickenbacker The Beatle Backer

Rickenbacker 1996

After John Lennon (and George Harrison) popularised Rickenbacker guitars in the early to mid 1960s a number of models were launched specifically for the European market. They were distributed by the British company Rose-Morris
The 1996 was a modified version of the Rickenbacker 325, with additional f-holes
This is the famous Rickenbacker guitar model 1996 as used by ' Beatle' JOHN LENNON. For a long time now John and his Rickenbacker have been inseparable, so why don't you try one at your local music shop? You too may find that this is the guitar you just cannot put down
Remember?if this particular model doesn't suit you, there ore five other Rickenbockers including a fabulous 4-string bass and of course the famous 12-string


    Rickenbacker advertisement (1965) Rickenbacker The Beatle Backer

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    Rickenbacker 330 FG 6 String Electric Guitar - Red 1966

    Colby, Kansas, 677**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    A very sweet old Ricky that??s been well taken care of over the last almost 60 years. A mild ??C?? neck with light fretwear makes it a joy to play. Has that classic Ricky rhythm sound! Comes with a new Gator hard shell case. Comes with strap locks.... more
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    1959 Rickenbacker 4000 Bass 1 of 50 ever made its its original Maplglo finish.

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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Rickenbacker 320 - Jetglo - 1981 w / OHSC

    Rickenbacker 320 - Jetglo - 1981 w / OHSC

    Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    PARTS ONLY Vintage Rickenbacker TR35B Bass Combo Amp

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    Commerce, Georgia, 305**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Vintage Rickenbacker AMP TR7 - 10" Speaker Made USA

    Vintage Rickenbacker AMP TR7 - 10" Speaker Made USA

    Littleton, Colorado, 801**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Vintage! 1967 Rickenbacker 325 Rose Morris Model  Fireglo + OHSC

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    Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    1976 Rickenbacker 4001 Fretless Bass very rare example thats a beat sweet bass.

    1976 Rickenbacker 4001 Fretless Bass very rare example that's a beat sweet bass.

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1967 Rickenbacker 610, Hard to find solid body model, Fireglo finish, Two Toaster top pickups, Kluson tuners, Two tier pickguard, 24 75 inch scale length, Plays very nicely, Replaced Tailpiece and a few tiny screw holes beneath it, Overall a really fun clean guitar, EC, Nice original hard case.
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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 191**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    1978 Rickenbacker 4001 Fretless Fireglo Electric Bass Guitar

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    Phoenix, Arizona, 850**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Pinconning, Michigan, 486**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Mint Conditon 2020 Rickenbacker 4003S Bass w /  Toaster Pickup & Hipshot Tailpiece

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    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

    1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

    1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

    1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

    1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

    1965 Hofner President

    1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

    1963 1964 Fender catalog

    Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.