In a shot of Roger, he can be seen doing some studio work with an apparently ... more
In a shot of Roger, he can be seen doing some studio work with an apparently rare Rickenbacker double neck guitar, one with 6 strings, the other with 12 strings.
CF Martin and Co. created a limited edition 12 String guitar to honor Roger M... more
CF Martin and Co. created a limited edition 12 String guitar to honor Roger McGuinn and can be seen performing with this guitar on Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges.
In the hands of Roger McGuinn, this Rickenbacker electric twelve-string guita... more
In the hands of Roger McGuinn, this Rickenbacker electric twelve-string guitar provided the signature sound for the Byrds and, moreover, marked the merging of folk and rock music in the mid 1960s.
Inspired by George Harrison’s use of a Rickenbacker twelve-string (the company’s very first twelve-string) in the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night, McGuinn bought one for himself in early 1965. It was originally a model 360-12, with two pickups, but in 1966 he sent it back to the factory to have an extra pickup installed, making it a model 370-12. At the same time, the factory added a compressor, controlled by the mini-switch in the pickguard. To avoid the extra-long headstock that most twelve-strings require, Rickenbacker staggered the tuner mountings on the back and the side of the headstock. Rickenbacker also reversed the typical configuration of the octave string pairs so that the player’s downstroke hit the low string first. The result was a unique sound that made McGuinn’s opening figure on “Mr. Tambourine Man” instantly recognizable.
This guitar was stolen in 1966 at a Byrds concert at Fordham University in New York and didn’t resurface again until the statute of limitations expired. McGuinn immediately ordered another 370-12 in Mapleglo (Rickenbacker’s name for natural finish) and continued to set the standard for twelve-string guitar in rock music
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