The definitive history of the world's most famous 12-string electric guitar. This is a completely rewritten update of Tony Bacon's "The Rickenbacker Book." When the Byrds recorded their hit version of "Mr. Tambourine Man," they popularized a new sound in pop music: the electric 12-string guitar. This book tells the story of those heady days in the '60s, of the competitors who tried to match the sound, and of the instrument's continuing production and use by modern guitarists. Starts with a history of the company and pre-Rick electric 12s from makers like Stratosphere and Gibson, explains how Rickenbacker popularized the idea, and shows how other brands added to the catalog of electric 12-string guitars. Complete with high-quality color photos of prototypes, collectibles and actual guitars used by George Harrison, Roger McGuinn, John Lennon and others, plus exclusive interviews with many of the 12-string's leading players. Includes a model directory for every Rickenbacker model - 12 and 6 string - from 1932 to 2009, with dating and serial number keys. 160 pp.