February 8th, 1964 was a fortuitous day for Rickenbacker guitars. That's when Francis C. Hall, the owner and president of the company, connected with the Beatles in New York City. In his suite at the Savoy Hilton, Hall unveiled for the group Rickenbacker's latest offering: the electric 12-string guitar, the shimmering sound of which would help define an era.
John Lennon was the first of the Fab Four to audition the 12-string, but he thought it might be a better instrument for George Harrison, who had stayed behind in his hotel due to illness. Indeed Harrison gravitated to the guitar and became an early adapter.