Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Didn’t We Fire You Two?

IMG_2105Hey, Bobby. Rickenbacker?

“Beatles played ’em.”

I guess.

“Look at all the knobs! And a switch!”

Cool. Any drawbacks?

“The sound.”

Yeah. Hey, Pig. Whatcha doing?

“Being authentic!”

Sure.

21 Comments

    • That’s Adolph Rickenbacker and the first solid body guitar. Which also sounded kinda bad

    • ©RobbLawrence1973-2116

      I took this portrait of Adolph Rickenbacker near the factory after we did an interview and had lunch back in 1973. Still have the old catalogs he gave me. I made a large print for their factory museum then too. This little guitar was the prototype testbed instrument with a simple neck and round body built as a fretted Spanish guitar. This !was handmade by Harry Watson the foreman at National… thus its striking resemblance to a Triolian neck. It was played quite a bit to before someone added a raised nut for Hawaiian playing.

      I also interviewed Paul Barth and brother Jess Beauchamp who helped George when they developed that revolutionary horseshoe magnet pickup on a kitchen table with a sewing machine. The cast aluminum production models A-25 and A-22 models were nicknamed Frying Pan guitars. Their Electro RoPatIn guitars became the Rickenbacker guitars as National and Dobro had similar electrified guitars. Barth and Beauchamp designed other prototypes of Spanish models in wood and Hawaiian guitars in Bakelite. Barth went on to develop many modern Rickenbacker guitar and bass instruments we admire today.

      Robby Lawrence
      Author of the Les Paul Legacy

    • ©RobbLawrence1973-2116

      I took this portrait of Adolph Rickenbacker near the factory after we did an interview and had lunch back in 1973. Still have the old catalogs he gave me. I made a large print for their factory museum then too. My ’73 Rarebird article in Guitar Player magazine featured this famous iconic guitar and a b&w photo from this session.

      This little guitar was the prototype testbed instrument with a simple neck and round body built as a fretted Spanish guitar. This was handmade by Harry Watson the foreman at National… thus its striking resemblance to a Triolian neck. It was played quite a bit to before someone added a raised nut for Hawaiian playing.

      I also interviewed Paul Barth and brother Jess Beauchamp who helped George when they developed that revolutionary horseshoe magnet pickup on a kitchen table with a sewing machine. The cast aluminum production models A-25 and A-22 models were nicknamed Frying Pan guitars. Their Electro RoPatIn guitars became the Rickenbacker guitars as National and Dobro had similar electrified guitars.

      Barth and Beauchamp designed other prototypes of Spanish models in wood and Hawaiian guitars in Bakelite and metal. After Beauchamps passing in 1940, Barth went on to develop many modern Rickenbacker guitar and bass instruments in the fifties and sixties we admire today.

      Robby Lawrence

  1. Bob & Pig. They coulda formed a duet group after the firing. Kinda like Jan & Dean or something like that.

  2. Bob has lady hair, to the point where it’s giving Pig ideas.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

*