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1956 Rickenbacker DW-16

January 1, 2021 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

In the 1950's Rickenbacker began producing wood bodied double neck steel guitars to compete with Fender's Stringmaster guitar.

The DW model came in double 6 and double 8 necks. It was Rickenbacker's "Hawaiian Console" model that featured a beveled cut body, giving it an elegant, stylish look.

1956 Rickenbacker DW-16

The solid hardwood body was given a blond or brown finish, tuner pan covers with the Rickenbacker logo, and three adjustable legs for stand up or sit down playing. The famous Rickenbacker horseshoe post-war magnetic pickups provides a warm fat tone!

1956 Rickenbacker DW-16

Country Western and Hawaiian steelers seek out this model for its cool looks, playablity, and its sonic delight. It is seen being played at Honky Tonks and Tiki Bars alike!

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