Originally founded as the LA-Based Electro String Instrument Corporation in 1931, Rickenbacker is one of those brands that have always done things their own way, and at their own pace.

Despite this, their unwavering commitment to quality and their own unique style of guitars and basses has led to a vast number of admiring fans over the decades.


Rickenbacker are famed for their guitars and basses alike, being seen in the hands of countless prominent musicians from around the world.

When it comes to Rickenbacker Guitars, you will have seen their instantly recognisable aesthetics on stage with the likes of Pete Townshend, The Beatles, Johnny Marr, the Byrds any many more.

Rickenbacker Basses, on the other hand, are often seen being played by an even wider-range of musicians, from all walks of life. It's safe to say that any instrument used to it's fullest by both prog-rock musician Roger Waters and thrash-metal pioneer Lemmy (of Motorhead) like the Rickenbacker 4003 is much more versatile than most.


Rickenbacker's reputation preceeds it, and this is largely down to their crafting techniques and quality control. Whether you choose to purchase a Rickenbacker 4003 bass, or a semi-hollow Rickenbacker 330 or 360 electric guitar, you know that each and every inch of the instrument has been painstakingly designed, crafted, and finished by hand from only the finest woods available.


Here at PMT we are glad to say that we're one of the UK's top Rickenbacker stockists, with a wide range of models and available both online and in our 15 stores nationwide. However, it's always worth remembering that even if you want a specific Rickenbacker that you can't see available on our site, if you get in touch with out online sales team I'm sure they'd be happy to help you out.

Please note: due to the crafting processes involved in making each new Rickenbacker, should the model you want not be available at the time of order you may have to wait several months for a new one to be made.

If you have any more questions though, most certainly contact our Online Sales team (phone number available on our website).


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  • Are Rickenbacker guitars good?

    Rickenbacker guitars are some of the best performing instruments available to buy. They are crafted with high-quality parts and have been used by artists such as John Lennon, Johnny Marr, Paul Weller and countless others.
  • What is the best Rickenbacker bass?

    Every Rickenbacker bass performs to an incredibly high-standard, but the one which is best will be entirely a matter of personal preference. Come and try a couple of different models out at your local PMT store to figure out which one is best for you!
  • How to string a Rickenbacker Guitar?

    Rickenbacker guitars can be restrung in the same way as most other guitars, although this can be made slightly trickier when dealing with 12-string models. Speak to one of our experts in-store for some extra help!
  • When did Adolph Rickenbacker invent the electric guitar?

    Adolph Rickenbacker created the first commercially-sold guitar and sold over 2700 models between 1931 and 1939. It was popularly known as the 'Frying Pan Guitar'.
  • What does the fifth knob do?

    The fifth knob on Rickenbacker guitars is an extra volume control that is wired as a variable series resistor for the neck pickup. It allows the neck pickup to be turned to the level of the bridge pickup, which is usually the 'hotter' of the pickups.