The Rickenbacker Electro Model B lap steel has long been considered one of the best in its class, and it represents a period when the California-based builder was making some of the most sonically advanced and aesthetically captivating instruments of the 20th century. It's the first production solidbody lap steel, and is arguably the most famous.
This particular example hails from 1949 and has all of the typical features of the Electro model from this era. Often referred to as the 'Panda' based on its distinctive black and white two-tone look, this Electro B is the second version of the model, which features volume and tone controls on the treble side of the body. The original "horseshoe" pickup - perhaps one of the most sought after and famous pickups ever produced - sounds absolutely fantastic, with a big, bold voice that has strong fundamental dynamic response and unmatched clarity for its day. Its 22.5" scale length keeps the instrument compact, and considering the weight of the cast Bakelite body and neck, the smaller size is welcome.
This instrument came to us from an active professional musician, and has been wonderfully maintained. Condition is excellent, with wear consistent with normal use. The body shows some light scuffs and marks here and there, with some wear at the end of the fingerboard from thumbpick and some fret marker paint having faded or worn out. The original tuners were replaced with Kluson double-line tuners which work well. It includes its original form-fitting hardshell case which is also in great condition.