But when he turned sideways, I went, ‘Oh that’s a 12-string!’ I was playing a Gibson acoustic 12 with a pickup in it, but it didn’t have the kind of sound George was getting. The continuous flow of air in a saxophone with the valves cutting it off is what I was doing with the sustain, and making short, clicking kind of notes on the break.” Eight Miles High was a key track in the emergence of psychedelic rock in ’66, and particularly the Indian-inflected psychedelic subgenre known as raga rock. In general, Roger McGuinn has gotten more love from the rock critic fraternity than from the guitar community. It’s kind of dry. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? Chris and Gram wanted to do another country album and I was going, ‘No, no, no! For many who hear the name Roger McGuinn, the first thing that comes to mind is that unmistakable Rickenbacker 12-string guitar. “To me, Sweetheart of the Rodeo was a one-time adventure,” McGuinn said. Reverb Protection has you covered. This combination (compressor, treblebooster, toaster singlecil pickups, semi-hollow maple guitar body, 12 string construction) is the key to this special "jingle jangle" sound. I’d go home and work on it, and we’d get another one the next day. I had to find out more about this folk music stuff, and my teacher told me to check out the Old Town School.” Unable to afford a banjo, McGuinn strung his electric guitar with banjo strings. By today’s standards, every year back then was like a decade. “Once we became friends with them, they would send a limo over to get us and bring us to their house in the hills when they were in town. There was a problem. A lot of what was weird and wonderful - from folk to many African-American musical idioms - fell by the wayside. Roger McGuinn, playing with the BYRDS in 1968 on his famous 12 string Rickenbacker guitar. They are loaded with six AlNiCo 5 magnets, each of them 6.35mm thick and 19mm long. But, truth to tell, the Byrds’ career went into a bit of a tailspin after their 1967 album Younger Than Yesterday, which featured the ironic, iconic classic So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star. But McGuinn’s fellow Byrds David Crosby and Gene Clark were allowed into the studio to sing the track’s majestic, three-part vocal harmonies. Maybe it’s time to turn that perception around. The room was awash in that glorious, plangent Rickenbacker jangle that is McGuinn's greatest gift to the rich lexicon of rock guitar styles. It was part of his embrace of the Subud spiritual tradition. Re: Problem With McGuinn E1 Compressor Circuit by ( cjj ) » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:18 pm If the chip is actually in a socket, as it appears to be in the picture, try carefully unplugging it … JangleBox The Byrds 50th Anniversary Compressor. Get the latest news, reviews and product advice straight to your inbox. It is an essential part of rock’s DNA. He soon had all the guitar-playing Byrds riffing ersatz ragas on open-tuned 12-string acoustics. “They started around 1957,” McGuinn recalled, “and that’s when I enrolled. In 1964, McGuinn relocated to Los Angeles and began performing at the Troubadour. We went to Nudie’s, the Western tailor, and got some country clothes and cowboy hats. You will find a lot of pics and information about Roger´s gear from today and the past here - enjoy ! Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Because the Rickenbacker is a very short-sustain instrument. At $4.95 each, they aren’t cheap, but if you need them in any kind of quantity, I’ve had very good luck buying them from Chinese sellers on eBay in lots of 50 or 100. “So you couldn’t be categorized as a country group or a rock and roll group, or ‘they play folk music’ or ‘they play folk-rock.’, "First of all, we hated those labels. We’d love to stay in touch, sign up for the Guitar World team to contact you with great news, content and offers. Just ask any of our thousands of satisfied customers. McGuinn had sufficient traction on the folk scene to be included on the 1963 compilation album Anthology of the 12-String Guitar, along with legendary players like Joe Maphis, Glen Campbell, Mason Williams and Howard Roberts. David Crosby had been hanging out at World Pacific Studios in L.A., where Shankar had made some albums. “The technique was to run one compressor into another - piggyback them - just to get as much compression as possible to get as much sustain as possible. They always limited everything as a matter of course. Tambourine Man” recording session. But my 360/12 still had no life. Who doesn't love jamming on "So You Want to be A Rock 'N Roll Star?" Guitarists whose sound is so inextricably woven into the fabric of rock music that the whole thing would be unthinkable without them. Factories started mass producing the things when McGuinn’s band, the Byrds, became one of the biggest rock groups on the planet with the 1965 release of their debut single, an electrified cover of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man. A joke, right? “I tried your wonderful JangleBox with my 370/12RM using the non-compressed setting on the guitar. There was a problem. Owing to the word “high” in the lyric and some of the imagery, it was perceived as a “drug song” at the time, and was banned as such by several radio networks. The pickup routings of the Rickenbacker guitar have corresponding deepenings on the bottom to make the pickups fit. Played using a 1998 Rickenbacker 360/12 model through an original Janglebox compressor and a … “Actually, I did go through a period in the mid '70s when I was kind of lost,” he admitted in 1990. 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GuitarPlayer is part of Future US Inc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. His unique sound is partly created with a special playing technique. Before 1967, he played two Rickenbacker 360/12 models, both of them were stolen. James Roger McGuinn / m ə ˈ ɡ w ɪ n / (born James Joseph McGuinn III; July 13, 1942) is an American musician. In fact, Roger McGuinn later used a Roland Jazz Chorus—a solid-state amp. Visit our corporate site. NY 10036. And it was never McGuinn’s thing. Over the years, I’ve received a lot of e-mail from guitarists asking me to recommend a compressor that got the Byrds’ sound.