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RICKENBACKER INCORPORATED, SANTA ANA, 1967
RICKENBACKER INCORPORATED, SANTA ANA, 1967
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RICKENBACKER INCORPORATED, SANTA ANA, 1967

A SEMI-HOLLOW-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, FIREGLO 365, “QUARTERTONE”

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RICKENBACKER INCORPORATED, SANTA ANA, 1967
A SEMI-HOLLOW-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, FIREGLO 365, “QUARTERTONE”
With Rickenbacker logo applied to the headstock, bearing the Serial Number GI / 4004 on the jack plate cover, fit with quarter tone frets up to 3rd position, with original hardshell case bearing a label inscribed RICKENBACKER 1/4 TONE 1967 GI 4004; accompanied by the original sales invoice from Gruhn Guitars, Inc. to Pink Floyd, dated 26th June 1978, a facsimile air waybill addressed to Pink Floyd, dated 11th July 1978, a shipping invoice from Dacair Service Limited to Britannia Row Leasing Ltd., dated 27th July 1978, a handwritten note on a Pink Floyd compliments slip reading Dear Vic, Please find enclosed the invoices for the two guitars that should be arriving shortly, Phil, and a facsimile copy of a letter from Kenny Howes of the Rickenbacker International Corporation to David Gilmour Music Ltd regarding the history of the guitar, dated 12th March 2008
Body length 18 ½ in. (47 cm.)
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David Gilmour purchased this experimental Rickenbacker Fireglo from Gruhn Guitars, Nashville, Tennessee, in June 1978. The accompanying letter from Kenny Howes of the Rickenbacker International Corporation explains the interesting history of this most unusual Rickenbacker 365 Fireglo guitar in a quote from Rickenbacker CEO John Hall: …this guitar is fairly historic, for the record. It was an experiment that I suggested back in the 60’s. It’s one of a kind – rare, rare, rare!

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