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    The Rembrandts: 1966 Rickenbacker 450-12 Guitar featured in the video for the "Friends" theme. Phil Solem from The Rembrandts acquired this vintage 1966 Rickenbacker shortly before the video shoot for the hit single version of "I'll Be There For You," the theme song for the television series, "Friends." The guitar is featured prominently in the video, and can be seen being played by Phil and several members of the Friends cast. The instrument has also been used extensively for both Rembrandts and solo projects, in the studio, and for public performances. The guitar itself is a factory original Rickenbacker Model 450-12 string in the standard Rickenbacker FireGlo finish. The serial number, FJ3351, indicates it was built in October 1966. Included with this lot is the original silver Rickenbacker hard shell case, a letter of authenticity from Phil Solem, a copy of the broadcast version of the video, and unreleased footage of the taping. Note the images below, showing the entire cast of Friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer), with the final image showing Lisa Kudrow holding this guitar.

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    April, 2004
    17th Saturday
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