It was three decades later, however, that the brand became famous, with a series of thin, hollow-body electrics designed by a German emigrant, Roger Rossmeisl, whose father was also a guitar maker.Initially marketed as the Capri series, the guitars featured a novel construction in which a solid body was partly hollowed-out from the rear, the electronics were installed, and then a wooden back was fitted.The unit is completely encapsulated following manufacture to seal it against moisture and mechanical damage.But all four leads plus a separate shield are available on the circuit board on the back of the pickup.But because it's computer controlled, this same "scatter" pattern is used for every pickup, so they are identical to each other. Comment: The Ric humbuckers don't lack brightness, they just don't have the scooped out mids that give the ES guitars that woody/hollow kind of sound.They are perfectly imperfect, giving us the best of both worlds. Unlike humbuckers, for example, this type of unit has a very wide bandwidth . Since I have a 345, getting that sound out of the Ric isn't a priority, but I believe Seymour Duncan may be able to rewind the Ric buckers or possibly come up with something that wouldn't require routing the guitar.
Dating back to the early 1930s, Rickenbacker would create some of the century's most iconic guitar and bass designs, much loved by artists such as Paul Mc Cartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison of The Beatles, Pete Townsend of The Who, and Tom Petty, just to name a few.
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For this reason, the interested reader is advised to check with Rickenbacker International Corporation regarding the current corporate policy or the availability and production of specific instruments.
In the wake of Weller, Rickenbackers enjoyed a renaissance in the 1980s, when Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles), Peter Buck (REM) and Tom Petty began using them.
More recently, Rickenbackers have reappeared in the hands of musicians in some of the most credible bands around, including Pete Doherty and Carl Barât when they were in The Libertines, Bob Hardy, the Franz Ferdinand bassist, and Chris Urbanowicz of the Editors.