Rickenbacker 12 String Guitar

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If you are a big fan of Classic Rock music, then I am sure that you have heard the infamous opening guitar ring of The Byrd's "Mr. Tambourine Man". Country music icon David Allen Coe paid tribute to Roger McGuinn of The Byrd's in his song "Willie, Waylon, and Me" reminiscing about "Roger McGuinn and his 12 string guitar, it was like nothing that I ever heard".

Rickenbacker 12 String Guitar

Rickenbacker 12 String Guitar

When the opening chords of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" ring out, you are listening to a Rickenbacker 12 String Guitar.

Alot of people don't realize that Rickenbacker originally developed their 12 string guitar as a novelty show piece. Rickenbacker was the first company to put the electric guitar on the market in 1932, but it wasn't until the early 1960's that the Rickenbacker 12 String took off.

As a matter of fact, it was the Beatles' John Lennon who played a Rickenbacker 325 Capri, which Lennon painted black, one that he played on all the early Beatles' records and what he played on the early appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was through this exposure, that in 1964 that Rickenbacker started to mass produce the 12 string guitar and the rest is history. Until then it was only available to big name musicians.

Since the Beatles and the Byrds, tons of big time musicians have used the Rickenbacker 12 String. Some of these include: Tom Petty, Peter Buck of R.E.M., Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, and The Edge of U2. It was also a big thing with the British post punk invasion.

The signature sound of the Rickenbacker 12 String guitar is its patented 'Ric-O' sound which is made through an extra stereo. This allows for two pickups, which gives it its double sound. It also has a double neck, which allows for the curvature of the strings. The pickups are categorized in two variations: The toaster style, which is favored by the classic rock guys and the Hi-style pickup which is favored by the British punk pop bands.

Without a doubt, the distinctive sound of the Rickenbacker 12 String guitar changed the sound of music. The company pays tribute to infamous players of the guitar as they have released models in tribute to Lennon, McGuinn, and Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmeister. You can go on Ebay and you will see a vast array of Rickenbacker stuff. Go ahead, you will be glad that you did.

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