Electro® Model ES-17
The Electro line was a separate line of guitars produced by
the Electro String Instrument Corporation and sold by Radio-Tel. They were not
Rickenbacker guitars; they were separate items sold to studios and dealers not carrying
the full line of Rickenbacker guitars. Radio and Television also sold some model 425
guitars with the Ryder label and the Contello label.
(source: The complete history of Rickenbacker guitars. R.Smith)
This early example (1964) is neck thru (like a 425) rather than the set neck construction of later models, full scale, cresting wave cutaway shape, 1 toaster style pickup in middle position, metal badge on headstock over normal Rick truss rod cover.
Model ES-17 back
Model ES-17 "neck-thru-body" and tailpiece
Model ES-17 headstock
Courtesy of Stan Werbin at Elderly Instruments
©1999 Björn Eriksson
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