“Production of the ELECTRO SPANISH began in 1932 and ended in 1935, when it was replaced by the Ken Roberts Electro Spanish model. This model had a flat topped hollow maple plywood body and mahogany neck, both made by Harmony. It had a single horseshoe pickup but at first had no controls. In 1934 a single volume control knob was added, as well as body binding. The classical style slotted headstock had a pearl veneer, with a silk screened “Electro” logo on the earliest models or a metal nameplate with the pre-war “Rickenbacher” spelling. The Electro-Spanish had two highly placed f-holes like on the National Trojan (also made by Harmony) – these were moved lower down on the later Ken Roberts model.” (Reference: The History of Rickenbacker Guitars. Richard R. Smith)
This is a wonderful and rare find in very good condition. Serial no. a 24. It has been restored and set up here in the shop. The only update we had to do was add reproduction Grover tuners from Stew Mac. The original tuners had begun to crumble due to age and will be included in the case, which is also original with replaced modern handle. It sounds great plugged in to our Peavey classic 30 and we ground it to take much of the buzz out. This is an amazing piece of history and has been called “the grandfather of electric guitars”
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