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1937 Rickenbacher Student Model 59

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

For the beginning student Rickenbacher introduced the Model 59, stamped from sheet metal. This model was produced from 1937 until 1945 and proved to be quite popular. It was marketed as a step up model to allow students to "step up" to more expensive models.

1937 Rickenbacher Student Model 59

The guitar is finished in a gray sunburst and was also available in a textured colored Black or Ivory. The horseshoe magnet pickup was non-adjustable and also painted a gray sunburst.

1937 Rickenbacher Student Model 59

To further enhance the tone of this steel guitar, many players stuffed the hollow body with newspapers. Collectors like to open up this steel guitar to read the pre-war news headlines.

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