An iconic guitar brand, Rickenbacker manufacture electric and bass guitars.

Instantly recognisable as a ‘Rickenbacker’ their guitars come in iconic finishes too such as Fireglo and Jetglo. Their toaster top pickups are legendary and much copied.

Today they have 46 models in the range across 6 and 12 string electrics, basses and acoustic guitars. This includes the 300 Series, 600 Series and 4000 Bass Series.


Rickenbacker 4003 Bass guitar

4003 in Mapleglo The Classic Rickenbacker bass – famous for its ringing sustain, treble punch and solid underlying bass. A subtle strip of binding graces the elegantly curved body and the Rosewood fingerboard. Deluxe triangular inlays and stereo capability are standard features.


They were one of the first manufacturers of fully electric musical instruments and amplifiers, starting in 1931. 

Specialising in steel guitars until the new era of rock and roll took hold in the fifties when they introduced two instruments with the “neck through body” construction that was to become a standard feature of many their guitars, including the Combo 400 guitar, the model 4000 bass, and, later, the 600 series.

In 1958, Rickenbacker introduced its “Capri” series, including the double-cutaway semi-acoustic guitars which would become the famous Rickenbacker 300 Series.

In 1963 Rickenbacker developed an electric twelve-string guitar with an innovative headstock design that enabled all twelve machine heads to be fitted onto a standard-length headstock by alternately mounting pairs of machine heads at right-angles to the other. During the 1960s, Rickenbacker benefited tremendously when a couple of Rickenbacker guitar models became permanently intertwined with the sound and look of The Beatles.

Expect to pay from £2000 – stocks can be limited across the world making them more desirable!

Website: www.rickenbacker.com 

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