Electro-Spanish Model B

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Rickenbacher Electro-Spanish Model B
ManufacturerRickenbacker
Construction
Body typeSolid-Body,
Neck jointSet neck
Scale22.5"
Woods
BodyBakelite
NeckBakelite
FretboardBakelite with pearl or paint dot inlay
Hardware
BridgeVib-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[edit]

  1. ^ Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker. "Early History". Rickenbacker. Staff. Retrieved 18 August 2016.