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1st aluminum 6-string: 1935?

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JohnBR

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PostPosted: 04/14/2009 at 8:14 PM    Post subject: 1st aluminum 6-string: 1935? link

Check this amazing instrument out. granted, it's a lap steel, but aluminum cast and six strings! When you look at the evolution of the modern electric guitar which also went through it's lap steel phase in the 30s and 40s, I suppose you could say that these guy's were ahead of times. Check out the very early Lansing speaker in the amp as well!
Aluminum 6 string history:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eB.....EF:US:1123#ht_1694wt_1091

Someone should save those photos

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rlrlrl

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PostPosted: 04/14/2009 at 8:38 PM    Post subject: RE:1st aluminum 6-string: 1935? link

Cmon you know that I'm obsessed with these things. Actually the Rickenbacher "frying pan" came first, model A-22 and A-25, followed soon by the Bakealite guitars, which were both Hawaiian and Spanish. Aluminum has a pretty serious history. Professional lap steel players still think these are some of the best guitars ever built.

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JohnBR

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PostPosted: 04/14/2009 at 11:27 PM    Post subject: RE:1st aluminum 6-string: 1935? link

I thought your Rick was bakelite material and was a late 40s/50s? Anyways, I had not recalled seeing a molded aluminum lap steel like this. Sorry

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rlrlrl

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PostPosted: 04/15/2009 at 7:24 PM    Post subject: RE:1st aluminum 6-string: 1935? link

Yeah, I've got a couple of Model Bs, which are made of Bakealite. My earliest is from 1935, and the aluminum frypan model came out a few years before that. The prototype was supposedly able to be played Spanish (normal guitar) style too, not just lap steel. Here's a few links:

http://www.rickenbacker.com/history_early.asp
http://www.youtube.com/wa.....qy-W0M5eE&feature=related
http://www.gruhn.com/articles/rickelectro.html
http://images.google.com/.....nG=Search+Images&aq=f&oq=

Seriously cool stuff.

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