SOLD - Rickenbacher Electro Model B Lap Steel Rickenbacker 1937

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These old Ricky steels are the basis for solid body electric guitar design - the first step in rock and roll history that took another dozen years or so to result in the development of the Telecaster by Leo Fender.

Early Rickenbackers bear the traditional German spelling of the name: Rickenbacher, as does this Model B.

The instrument is 100% original and works perfectly.  All it needed on the way in was a cleaning of the pots.  There is some wear, as you might expect, but less than typical for an instrument that is 86 years old.  One knob is cracked but still holds on tot he pot and works just fine.

This steel carries the more desirable, 1.5" horseshoe magnet pickup.

The original case has been recovered.

Also included is a vintage lap steel stand - a key device that makes this either a musical furniture piece that you can leave at the ready for impromptu play or a vital on-stage feature that you can hop to mid-song or mid-set.

Also included is a vintage cable.  It looks to be quite old, though I can't imagine that it is original to the instrument.  One of the bakelite plug housings is cracked.

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Three day UPS air shipments will be automatic for buyers including these states and those to the east of them: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas.  Shipments will require signature on delivery, no exceptions.  If there is damage, the buyer must retain all packing materials intact and picture them immediately and send them to  Less than 1% of our shipments are damaged in transit, and we are committed to making sure your item arrives safely, but we are taking these additional measures to make sure you are happy with your purchase.   

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 8lbs 12.1ozs
  • Body: Bakelite
  • Body Date/Code/Serial Number: C1435
  • Fretboard: Bakelite
  • Inlays: White dots
  • Frets/Markers: Bakelite
  • Fret count: 23
  • Nut material: Bakelite
  • Nut width: 2.25"
  • Scale: 22.5"
  • Radius: 0
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: 1.75"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: 1.75" 
  • Total length: 29.5"
  • Lower bout: 9.25"
  • Waist: 5 3/8"
  • Upper bout: 7 1/8"
  • Body depth/thickness: 1.75"
  • Hardware Color: Chrome and Nickel
  • Bridge Pickup Brand: Rickenbacher 
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Bridge: Original
  • Tuners: Original
  • Pots/Codes: 8213
  • Case: OHSC
  • Notes: 

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