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Geri's Vintage Steels

1937 Rickenbacher B6

July 30, 2016 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

In 1909, Belgium chemist, L.H. Bakeland devised a resin that hardened into a tough, dense material. The result was "Bakelite," a precursor to plastic.

Adolph Rickenbacker poured this resin into a guitar shaped mold and created the Bakelite steel guitar.

1937 Rickenbacher B6

The horseshoe magnet pickup provides enormous volume and rich tone, and Bakelite's mass density causes these lap steel guitars to ring and sustain forever.

1937 Rickenbacher B6

Bakelite models with white cover plates are known by collectors as the "panda" model. It is favored by players like David Lindley and Feet Rogers.

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