Electro® Model ES-17

Electro Model ES17 Electro Model ES17

Model ES-17

The Electro line was a separate line of guitars produced by the Electro String Instrument Corporation and sold by Radio-Tel. They were not Rickenbacker guitars; they were separate items sold to studios and dealers not carrying the full line of Rickenbacker guitars. Radio and Television also sold some model 425 guitars with the Ryder label and the Contello label.
(source: The complete history of Rickenbacker guitars. R.Smith)

This early example (1964) is neck thru (like a 425) rather than the set neck construction of later models, full scale, cresting wave cutaway shape, 1 toaster style pickup in middle position, metal badge on headstock over normal Rick truss rod cover.

Electro Model ES17 Electro Model ES17

Model ES-17 back   

Electro Model ES17 Electro Model ES17

Model ES-17 "neck-thru-body" and tailpiece

Electro Model ES-17 Electro Model ES-17

Model ES-17 headstock

 

Courtesy of Stan Werbin at Elderly Instruments

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