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RICKENBACKER
Amplifiers previously produced in Santa Ana, CA between the 1930s and the late 1980s.
The Rickenbacker company has been producing instruments that date back to 1931. In 1925, John Dopyera (and brothers) joined up with George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker. They formed National and started to build resonator guitars. Dopyera left the company and Rickenbacker, Beauchamp, and Dopyera┬┤s nephew, Paul Barth, started to build electric lap steel guitars. Beauchamp left in the late 1920s and the company was in the hands of Rickenbacker and Barth. In 1931, they started building aluminum versions of the electric Frying Pan prototype. Rickenbacker was added to the headstock around 1933, and the company was born. Shortly thereafter in the 1930s, amplifiers were introduced as companions to their new electric Hawaiian lap steel guitars. Rickenbacker produced various models in the 1930s and 1940s, but didn't introduce a formal amplifier line until circa 1953 with the M Series. This was the same time that F.C. Hall bought Rickenbacker. The M Series were widely popular and produced into the early to mid-1960s when they were replaced by the B Series. In the late 1960s, they introduced the odd Transonic series, which featured solid-state chassis. Various tube and solid-state models were produced in the 1970s and the TR Series appeared in the late 1970s. In the mid-1980s, Rickebacker bought the Road trademark (Bob Ross of Kustom fame) and produced amplifiers under Rickenbacker/Road. In the late 1980s, they produced the RG series of solid-state amps, which represented the last amplifiers by Rickenbacker. They currently focus on acoustic and electric models. For more information on acoustic guitars, refer to the Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars. For more information on electric guitars, refer to the Blue Book of Electric Guitars.

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