Rickenbacker Model G-6 Deluxe Hawaiian Lap Steel Electric Guitar , c. 1950

Rickenbacker  Model G-6 Deluxe Hawaiian Lap Steel Electric Guitar ,  c. 1950
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Rickenbacker Model G-6 Deluxe Hawaiian Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar, c. 1950, made in Los Angeles, California, chrome plated finish, stamped metal body, original brown tolex hard shell case.

The Model G was the most expensive and deluxe steel guitar offered by Rickenbacker when it debuted in the late 1940s. With a shiny chromed body and gold accents, it is still an extremely flashy and eye-catching sight today! Equipped with the early post-war version of the famed horseshoe-magnet pickup, it is also a great-sounding steel guitar.

Metal-body Rickenbackers in general have a small amount of natural body resonance which gives them a slight natural "reverb" effect compared to the dryer-sounding Bakelite steels. This results in a "ghostlier" singing tone with a bit less clarity but more overtones.

This Model G features early Kluson Deluxe tuners with metal buttons, a gold-backed Lucite fingerboard, and heavily gold-plated tailpiece, pickup housing, and hinged headstock cover. The knobs are see-through clear Lucite. This is a steel guitar worthy of the Liberace orchestra and a great playable piece of 1950s California Populuxe design.
Overall length is 29 3/4 in. (75.6 cm.), 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/2 in. (572 mm.). Width of nut is 2 1/4 in. (57 mm.).

This is a very well-preserved, all original example of this super flashy steel. The plating shows only light general wear, with some minor discoloration and paint separation under the back-painted Lucite fingerboard. The two top shafts on the original tuner sets are somewhat bent but still work fine. The flocking on the back is mostly worn away.

This is a fantastic-sounding steel, with a very powerful and still singing version of the post-war horseshoe pickup. The tone and volume pots work on a sort of "all or nothing" scheme but are original so we have chosen to not alter them. The instrument is complete with its original deluxe brown hardshell case. This steel was part of the Walter Becker (of Steely Dan) collection and his storage markings are still on the case, and the auction tags are included. Excellent + Condition.