Dating a rickenbacker

On the nose is the badge of stork in flight, maybe the oldest fighter unit insignia in the world still in use. Corsair flown by Marine captain Joe Foss, Guadalcanal, March 1944.

Plane is very interesting that it lacks any unit insignia or markings, just national insignia. Tri-color scheme of Sea Blue, Intermediate Blue and White. This late war version of famous dive bomber saw little combat in the late week's of WW II.

Together with two former National employees—George Beauchamp and Paul Barth—Rickenbacker designed and marketed the first “Frying Pan” electrified lap-steel guitar. These electric guitars were slow sellers at first, but they continued to increase in popularity as the 1950s progressed.

New to Guitar Galleries in 2015, we have a selection of amazing Rickenbacker guitars.

For over 80 years, Rickenbacker have been creating and crafting their unique, distinctive electric guitars.

Large insignia on the tail surfaces denotes the unit. The plane is J-20 Kraguj, Yugoslav project of guerrila's warplanes, dedicated to operated in field conditions behind enemy lines.

Here is a prototype in the standard colors of Forest Green and Sea Grey on topside and Peacock Blue on the underside.