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One look at a Rickenbacker really catches your eye, doesn’t it?However, not many people know much about Rickenbacker basses, despite how important they have been to the bass market.I’ll give a little Rickenbacker history, explain why their basses are important, and discuss the specs and value of your bass.Adolf Rickenbacker, along with two other men, started a metal stamping shop in 1925 called the Rickenbacker Manufacturing Company.Adolf invested in the original National (Dobro) guitar company during the late 1920s and began supplying them with metal bodies for their Dobros.Hall, who founded the Radio and Television Equipment Company that was the exclusive distributor for Fender in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Rickenbacker has been a family-run business ever since, as his son, John C.
Hall, took control of Rickenbacker in 1984, and John’s son, Bill, works there as well.
In the early 1930s, Rickenbacker and National employees George Beauchamp and Paul Barth formed a new company, called Ro-Pat-In, to begin developing Beauchamp’s electric guitar design—a design that National was not interested in.
The first electrics by Ro-Pat-In were introduced in 1932 under the Electro String Instruments trademark, which later became the Electro String Instrument Corporation.
By 1934, the brand name on the guitars changed to Rickenbacker.
In 1953, Rickenbacker sold his company to Francis C.