The soft back edition of Rickenbacker Guitars features 336 color pages bound in a sturdy double layer laminated, color, French flap style cover. It contains over 350 beautifully photographed Rickenbacker instruments shot especially for the book, including all 7 surviving Beatle Rickenbackers plus guitars owned by Tom Petty, Roger McGuinn, Johnny Marr, Paul Weller and Mani Mounfield. The book chronicles George Beauchamp’s invention of the electric guitar in 1931 and the pioneering lap steels, electro-acoustics and band instruments produced by Adolph Rickenbacher’s company between 1932-1953. It explores in detail every model produced during the F.C. Hall era 1954-1984 and covers John Hall’s important take over and the re-invention of the company during the 1980s upto the present day. The authors were given unprecedented access to the Rickenbacker archives so readers can expect a wealth of previously unseen historical photographs and company literature. The key Rickenbacker players are all included with chapters focusing specifically on John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney plus endorsees as diverse as Lemmy, Tom Petty, John Fogerty and Chris Squire. Extensive interviews with company CEO John Hall also shed new light on the Rickenbackers fascinating story. The book also contains the most detailed and comprehensive information on dating Rickenbacker instruments published to date.