Roger McGuinn Guitars aka Jim McGuinn

Currently Ed Roman Guitars has the Original Roger McGuinn Rickenbacker that was used on all the hit songs of the 60's.  It is for sale,   $750.000.00 it is slated to be in the new Ed Roman Las Vegas Guitar & Memorabilia Museum in 2007.  Call For Information.  This is the one from all the TV Shows & almost every original hit song performed by the Byrds.


Ed Roman always has 370Rm Models in stock and converted 370 models.  Also the new Martin Roger McGuinn Model is available


"In the Jingle Jangle Morning, I'll Come Following You"




There is some place up there in the stratosphere where rock legends like Roger McGuinn don't have to be Byrds to reach... although the distinction of being a Byrd and a member of one of the greatest rock bands of all time does make the trip a bit easier to accomplish.

The Byrds practically changed single-handedly the face of the L.A. music scene in the 60's and early 70's, and indeed, Roger McGuinn's Rickenbacker twelve string guitar did much to define folk rock and, through Roger, became an integral element of its style.

Now the Byrds have been accorded the ultimate tribute by their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 16, 1991 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. It is a fitting memorial to a band composed of some of the most talented, creative and brilliant musicians to ever come together to make music.

Rickenbacker has also kept a record in the way of tribute of some notable musicians who acquired the Rickenbacker Roger McGuinn Limited Edition guitar before it sold out: George Harrison... The Traveling Wilburys - Pete Townshend... The Who - Tom Petty... Heartbreakers & Traveling Wilburys - David Crosby... Crosby, Stills, Nash - Peter Buck... REM - Dave Stewart... Eurythmics - Marty Willson Piper... The Church - Ed King... Lynyrd Skynyrd - Al Perkins... Dolly Parton Band and Manassas - Earl Slick... formerly Paul McCartney Band - Gerry Beckley... America - Jeffrey Foskett... Endless Summer, formerly The Beach Boys.

From the hand of Roger McGuinn to the care of Dave Stewart. Above are just a few of those who will be able to share in a small part of the heritage of Rock and Roll and remember the "Tambourine Man" and his place as one of the legends of Rock history. Also to be remembered are the guitar and its sound that for sixty years is a creator of Rock and Roll stars and remains a tradition of American popular music.



The leader of the Byrds was born James Joseph McGuinn III in Chicago on July 13, 1942. During his youth, McGuinn and his parents, James and Dorothy, lived in a comfortableRoger McGuinn,  Ed Roman's Guitars Las Vegas Nevada neighborhood on Chicago's Near North Side, and young McGuinn attended prep school. His parents became minor celebrities in their own right when their book of family humor called Parents Can't Win became a best-seller.
When he was just 13, McGuinn heard Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel." He asked for, and got, a guitar for his 14th birthday and went to work learning the rock 'n' roll songs he loved. "I started with Elvis, and I was heavily into Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, the Everly Brothers and Johnny Cash -- that whole rockabilly, Memphis sound," McGuinn said in 1991. In the '80s, McGuinn paid tribute to the song that made him pick up the guitar when he added "Heartbreak Hotel" to the autobiographical show that would eventually be captured on Live from Mars (Hollywood, 1996).
McGuinn was introduced to folk music when one of his teachers brought Bob Gibson into the classroom to play for his students. At the suggestion of this teacher, McGuinn enrolled in the just-opened Old Town School of Folk Music, the locus of Chicago's folk music community. There he learned guitar from future Weaver Frank Hamilton, later progressing to 5-string banjo and 12-string guitar. McGuinn studied at Old Town from 1957 to 1960, where Hamilton taught him not only instrumental technique, but also a broad folk music repertoire.

The Limeliters

Even before graduating from high school, McGuinn began playing acoustic sets at local coffee houses and clubs, including Albert Grossman's Gate of Horn. At one such gig a member of the popular supper-club folk trio the Limeliters was sufficiently impressed to invite the teenage McGuinn to a hastily-arranged audition the next day. McGuinn passed, and the trio offered him a job on the spot as an accompanist. McGuinn said he would be pleased to join in a few months, as soon as he finished his last year of high school. The Limeliters returned to California, and McGuinn assumed he had heard the last of them, but shortly after graduation, he received a telegram from the Limeliters summoning him to Los Angeles. He played behind them at the Ash Grove, one of LA's leading folk venues, and on their LP Tonight in Person (RCA, 1960), but after just six weeks, McGuinn was sacked as part of a financial retrenchment by the trio.
McGuinn decided to try his luck as a solo artist in LA. At the Ash Grove he met another teenager: David Crosby. Said Crosby in 1991, "I was in awe of Roger because he was an actual working musician. He thought I was a dork." McGuinn countered: "No, I liked you. We exchanged guitar licks and became friends. I remember the day you taught me how to drive with a clutch in an old Chevy convertible. Then we went out to Santa Barbara to see your mom and she made us lamb sandwiches with avocado."

The Chad Mitchell Trio

McGuinn moved to San Francisco to try his hand at the North Beach folk scene, but shortly after arriving he got an offer to accompany another commercial folk ensemble, the Chad Mitchell Trio, and left for Greenwich Village. McGuinn played with the Chad Mitchell Trio for more than two years, touring the country and appearing on the LPs Mighty Day on Campus (Kapp, 1961) and Live at the Bitter End (Kapp, 1962). McGuinn even toured South America with the Trio under the aegis of the State Department.

Roger McGuinn, Ed Roman's Guitars Las Vegas NV

Bobby Darin

In 1962, McGuinn was approached about joining up with The New Christy Minstrels, and he was prepared to leave the Chad Mitchell Trio for that outfit when  Bobby Darin offered him a job as a backing guitarist. Darin had decided to work some folk music into his sound by this time, and thought McGuinn would be a good accompanist for the new part of his act.

After a few months on the supper club circuit with McGuinn in tow, Darin lost his voice and temporarily retired from
performing. (McGuinn never had the chance to play on any of Darin's records.) Luckily for McGuinn, Darin had decided to open his own music publishing company, T.M. Music, in New York's Brill Building, where Darin's mentor Don Kirshner had his offices. Darin hired McGuinn as part of his songwriting stable.
With fellow songwriter Frank Gari, McGuinn wrote a handful of surf songs in the style of the Beach Boys. These were released as singles by the City Surfers, a pre-fab studio group featuring McGuinn on guitar, Darin on drums, and Gari on vocals. In the US, the A-side of the first single "Beach Ball"/"Sun Tan Baby" (Capitol, July 1963) received some airplay in New York City but little elsewhere; later a cover of the song was a hit in Australia. The follow-up, "Powder Puff"/"50 Miles To Go" (Capitol, Sept. 1963)
also stiffed in the States. McGuinn performs the "Beach Ball" (in a faux-Brian Wilson voice) in his autobiographical stage show and on Live from Mars.
McGuinn credits Bobby Darin for teaching him the show business verities: "The time I spent with Bobby was the most educational experience of my career. Bobby was a real pro.... He was old school, he taught me what the business was all about, how to get ahead. Basically, he taught me how to be a real performer."


After a few months, McGuinn moved on. He spent his time gigging around Greenwich Village and working as a session guitarist and arranger. During this period, McGuinn recorded with the Irish Ramblers, Hoyt Axton, and  Simon & Garfunkel (when they were still "Tom & Jerry"). Most importantly, McGuinn also arranged and played on Judy Collins #3 (Elektra, 1963), which featured a  Pete Seeger song, called "Turn Turn Turn "

By the end of 1963, McGuinn had returned to LA to get his solo career off the ground. He had also heard the Beatles. Most other folk musicians derided the Beatles' music as pop fluff, perhaps correctly sensing that Beatlemania would wash away almost everything in its path, including the folk movement. McGuinn was different; he appreciated their music. When his friend Bob Hippard landed McGuinn a gig at LA's Troubadour, McGuinn peppered his act with Beatles songs. In short order, McGuinn attracted the attention of another folkie who was equally taken with the Fab Four: Gene Clark.


McGuinn & McGuire Just' a Gettin' Higher In L.A. You Know Where That's At
And No Ones Gettin Fat, 'Cept Mama Cass




The British Invasion Supergroup The Searchers were offered the song "Mr Tambourine Man" before the Byrds & they turned it down  (Ouch)


The Searchers Unique 12 string sound was created using Burns Guitars
Today they are using Rickenbackers

If they had recorded Mr Tambourine Man, Roger McGuinn would probably be using a Burns Double Six today



Elvis Presley's Burns Double Six

Ed Roman Highly Recommends Duesenberg 12 Strings And Old Charvel Surfcaster 12 Strings !!!






Charvel Surfcaster

Notice how both the Duesenberg & the Charvel emulate the Rickenbacker...

Rickenbacker is the clear winner but for the wrong reason !!!

The Duesenberg & Charvel are both top quality excellent instruments

If you are open minded I suggest you check 'em out

Ed Roman does NOT recommend

  later model Jackson Surfcaster 12 Strings,

 They sound and play different that the original Charvel



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