Rickenbacker International Corporation
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1931 (1931)
FounderAdolph Rickenbacker
George Beauchamp
Area served
Key people
Adolph Rickenbacker
George Beauchamp
ProductsElectric, acoustic, lap and console steel guitars, basses, amplifiers, electric violins, electric mandolins, electric banjos

Rickenbacker International Corporation is a string instrument manufacturer based in Santa Ana, California. The company is credited as the first known maker of electric guitars – in 1932 – and today produces a range of electric guitars and basses.[1]

Rickenbacker twelve string guitars were favoured by The Beatles, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, Pete Townshend of The Who, and Tom Petty. Players of the six string include John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Paul Weller of The Jam, John Kay of Steppenwolf, Peter Buck of R.E.M., and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles. Players who have used Rickenbacker basses include Paul McCartney of The Beatles, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Cliff Burton of Metallica, Roger Glover & Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Paul Wilson of Snow Patrol, Bruce Foxton of The Jam, Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, Chris Squire of Yes, Geddy Lee of Rush, Al Cisneros of Sleep and Om, Paul D'Amour of Tool, Rick James and Kevin Parker of Tame Impala.

  1. ^ Tony Bacon; Paul Day (1994), The Rickenbacker Book, Miller Freeman Books, p. 9, ISBN 0-87930-329-8