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Roger Rossmeisl’s designs for Rickenbacker favoured a hollowed-out approach to the body, rather than distinct back, sides and top.
The Capri series debuted in 1958 (including the Lennon-esque 325), with the 12-string appearing in George Harrison’s hands by 1964, just months after it had been prototyped.
The hollowed-out approach is something used by many manufacturers these days (PRS, Collings, Taylor and more), though in true Rickenbacker style, we’re not aware of another company that essentially sticks the back on the carved-out top – most manufacturers stick the top on the carved-out back!