Why The Byrds' Roger McGuinn is one of rock's greatest guitar heroes

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  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
  2. Groutsch

    Groutsch Gretschie

    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    Nice article. A few nights ago I came across this performance of My Back Pages, in which Roger leads off and is joined by a few other guitar heroes:

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  3. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    He should have been a Wilbury.
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    McGinn covers a lot of territory. I could see him as a Wilbury. He was on Marty Stewart's show as well. Folk, country, psychedelic rock, and beyond.
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  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    There are few groups as influential as the Byrds. Essentially invented folk rock and country rock and had a hand in psychedelia as well. Many direct and indirect descendants.
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  6. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Synchromatic

    Jun 12, 2012
    I had the pleasure of seeing him play back in 2001. Front row centre tickets, it was a good show. Really made me regret selling my Ric'... In fact I still do 20 years later.

    After the show we stayed behind and he spent a while chatting. He wasn't the greatest conversationalist but I guess he heard the same questions night after night, year after year.

    Performance wise.. He was great!!
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  7. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    He sure knew his way around the 12 string, an ace player all the way.
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  8. gretscher09

    gretscher09 Electromatic

    Apr 18, 2009
    The Byrds, with McGuinn's banjo style picking on the 12 string, were a huge influence on rock music. For those that weren't there it might be hard to imagine music pre-Byrds. But their release of Mr Tambourine Man shattered the airwaves with a sound that opened a whole new genre of music.
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  9. Winnie Thomas

    Winnie Thomas Gretschie

    Jun 13, 2011
    Cochise AZ
    That was an incredible video. My Back Pages has been a favorite of mine forever.

    Byrds Fan from the beginning.
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  10. JT19

    JT19 Gretschie

    Nov 28, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I love the scene in Tom Petty's Runnin' Down a Dream documentary, where he chews out some record company executive or sound engineer (can't remember exactly who it was), who wasn't showing Roger McGuinn the respect he's due.

    Always enjoyed their "King of the Hill" duet, too.

    The impact Roger McGuinn had on Tom Petty is one of the best examples I can think of for one artist directly inspiring and influencing another.
  11. Back in Black

    Back in Black Gretschie

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Roger and I flipped a few e-mails back and forth eleven years ago when I put this together.

    This guitar was purchased as a two pickup 360, from Ed Roman's in Vegas.

    Of all my builds, probably my favorite, and run through the Jangle Box, just amazing!!

    ''I Come and Stand at Every Door'' still haunts me.

    5D is a ''must play'' album when I'm alone in the car.

    Still ''turning'' after all these years.


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  12. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    Seems like it was a record exec who wrote the song and Tom felt like it was not up to McGuinn's standards, Tom is really giving it to the guy and yet seems pretty calm about it, controlled anger, but warranted.
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  13. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    Awesome! Who's the guy with the red Tele? Can't quite get a good enough look to tell.
  14. Groutsch

    Groutsch Gretschie

    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    Looks like G.E. Smith.
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  15. capnhiho

    capnhiho Synchromatic

    Feb 16, 2013
    NICE jack plate!!

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  16. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    And maybe George Harrrison’s influence on Roger?

    in the Byrds book, I read that Roger played the acoustic 12 string for Judy Collins on her hit recording of Turn, Turn, Turn, before he recorded the Byrds version
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  17. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

    Sep 30, 2017
    Homosassa FLA
    Around 1973 there was a concert at the Guthrie Theater featuring;
    Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen
    Waylon Jennings
    Willie Nelson

    I had no interest (at that time in my life) for that lineup until Willie cancelled and last minute and Roger McGuinn came in to headline. Roger didnt really pull off the solo show like I wished but it was an experience. Quite a few people left after Waylon so we moved up to the front. Byrds songs are hard to pull off for a solo artist even if it is Roger.
    Left the show singin "Hot Rod Lincoln" in my head and the next day I went out and bought the new Waylon album. I became a Waylon fan for life.
  18. Telechamp

    Telechamp Country Gent

    Oct 20, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    McGuinn's always been one of my guitar heroes.

    Caught the Sweetheart of the Rodeo tour here with Marty Stuart in 2018 - Absolutely unbelievable show!!! One of the best shows I've ever seen..


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  19. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA


    Roger was playing a Gibson acoustic 12 string with a pickup mounted in it. But he really liked the sound of George's Rickenbacker 360/12 when saw/heard it in A Hard Day's Night. He realized the Rickenbacker was a 12 string when George turned/moved the guitar to reveal the headstock.
  20. dmunson

    dmunson Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I like the guy's playing, but never really considered him among my heros.
    But, does anybody know how his Ric 12 is different from all production Rics?
    There is an answer here, it's not a hypothetical question.
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