A Call for 'Rickenbacker Frying Pans'

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As part of my research into the early Electro String Company, I am trying to document the changes in the aluminium-bodied Rickenbacker (spelled "Rickenbacher" on most instruments) Frying Pan. I hope to compile a catalogue of instruments and serial numbers in order to better understand the development of this instrument, the first commercially successful electric guitar.

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I am interested in all frying pans, even the later ones made during the 1950s. If you would like to help me, please send me photos of your frying pan, along with any other pertinent or interesting information you might have (especially any known provenance or alterations/non-original features of the instrument). If possible, please send the photos in a similar format to the ones shown.

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Also please state if the guitar is an A22 or A25- it's not always easy to tell from a photo. (An A22 has a 22 inch scale length and an A25 a 25 inch scale length.) Please also state whether or not you mind me using your photos on my site. I will not publish any photos or information on the web with out your permission, and be glad to acknowledge any photos used.

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As a result of this I not only hope to establish a developmental timeline for the Frying Pan, I also anticipate creating a catalogue of the instrument that can be used to identify and date the different variations of this historically important instrument. Headstock Showing Serial Number (missing from this instrument) and Angle Body.