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1935 Rickenbacher Model A-25 - Black Crinkle Finish

December 1, 2019 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

The Frying Pan lap steel guitar was manufactured by the Rickenbacher Electro Company from 1932 until the mid 1950s. It is the first electric guitar ever to be successfully marketed.

1935 Rickenbacher Model A-25 - Black Crinkle Finish

The Frying Pan came in two models: the A-25 long scale model, and the A-22 short scale model. The A-22 is the more common of the two, the A-25 is the grail.

1935 Rickenbacher Model A-25 - Black Crinkle Finish

This steel guitar has a rare baked on "crinkle paint" black finish and the famous pre-war horseshoe magnet pickup. The A-25 was used by early steel guitar greats Andy Iona and Dick McIntire. Tone to die for!

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