The early Alamo Guitars were somewhat inspired by
Rickenbacker guitars, but in 1965 this Alamo "Ryder"
had clearly gone over-the-top. This rare Alamo "Ryder"
is a priceless lost-liter from the 60's.
There isn't much information existing on this model,
which was "ONLY" handcrafted in San Antonio, Texas
in 1965 by Charles Eilenberg. The limited background
information came from digging through old catalogs and
internal memo from the distributor Radio-Tel, which listed
this model as a Alamo "Ryder 2586-R".
Rickebacker, in the mid-1960's, had two value priced models
called Electro & Ryder Guitars. The Electro & Ryder lines
were manufactured by Rickenbacker and distributed by
Radio-Tel. The "Electro" models were produced for smaller
Mom and Pop Guitar Shops, while the "Ryder" models were
exclusively produced for Junior High/High Schools as band
equipment. Both of these value priced Rickenbacker models
were essentially the same guitar as the frontline Rickenbacker
1000 models... except for a different name on the truss rod cover.
This re-branded Alamo Ryder guitar was produced because
of a Rickenbacker fulfillment problem in 1965 concerning
the production-line for School Band Equipment. These Alamo
Ryder Guitar carry the exact Ryder logo that appears on its
"Distant Cousin"... RIC Ryder models.
The Alamo Ryder guitar is a single pickup hollow body electric.
Alamo made their own pickups, which is kind-of-a-cross between
a Kay "Speed-Bump" & a Dearmond "Goldtone" Pick-up. This rare
Alamo Ryder pickup is a screamer & produces an incredible tone.
It also features the Alamo trademark Acra-tune bridge and Squiggly
Tailed, Fetus Pickguard.