Electro-Spanish Model B
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Electro-Spanish Model B
Rickenbacher Electro-Spanish Model B
Manufacturer Rickenbacker
Construction
Body type Solid-Body,
Neck joint Set neck
Scale 22.5"
Woods
Body Bakelite
Neck Bakelite
Fretboard Bakelite with pearl or paint dot inlay
Hardware
Bridge

Vib-rol-a patented by Clayton Doc Kauffman

Kauffman Vibrola
Pickup(s)

Horseshoe pickup

Horseshoe Pickup
Colors available
sunburst

Electro-Spanish Model B

The Electro-Spanish Model B was the worlds first production, solid body (Bakelite) electrified lap steel guitar, officially released in 1935 by Rickenbacker. Commercially, it was the most successful musical instrument manufactured by Rickenbacker. Though not entirely solid - it had thick plastic (Bakelite) walls and a detachable Spanish neck. The instrument was created to eliminate the feedback found in conventional electrification of stringed instruments.[1]

The "Electro-Spanish Model B" set the stage for solid body guitars to develop; including the notable "Les Paul" whose electric solid-body would reach mainstream notoriety in 1952, produced by Gibson Guitar Corporation.

References

  1. ^ Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker. "Early History". Rickenbacker. Staff. Retrieved 2016. 

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