Roger McGuinn Zone

This is the place for all you Roger McGuinn and BYRDS fans. You will find a lot of pics and information about Roger´s gear from today and the past here - enjoy !

BSM Tone Chart

For the classical clean "jingle jangle" sound at almost unity gain, the BSM RMG is the perfect pedal.



If you need a tad more dirt with a fantastic sounding bass, the BSM VX-C Classic is for you. After you tried the tone pot of this pedal, you will ask yourself how you could live without it until now.



If you are looking for "jingle jangle" high-gain sounds, get the BSM VX-T to taylor your needs. This pedal is also the right choice for modern Country Rock.

Roger McGuinn, playing with the BYRDS in 1968

Roger McGuinn, playing with the BYRDS in 1968 on his famous 12 string Rickenbacker guitar. His unique sound is partly created with a special playing technique. As a original Banjo player, he plays with the thumb and 2 fingers on the 12 string Rickenbacker. The Rickenacker 370/12 with the "maple-glo" finish is Roger´s favorite guitar. Before 1967, he played two Rickenbacker 360/12 models, both of them were stolen. In 1967 during a Rickenbacker factory tour, the 370/12 was developed to taylor Rogers special needs and wishes.

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Roger McGuinn´s Rickenbacker 370/12 12-string guitar. A good advice to setup the bridge of this guitars correctly, can be found H E R E The wiring scheme of this guitar, is very special: the middle pickup can be blended in or out of the tone, independent of the status of the pickup selector switch. The reason for this was to warm up the tone a little bit when playing a solo, or in other words, to make it sound fatter, while keeping all of the treble high-end. Each of the three "toaster pickups" is wired to an individual volume pot (three big knobs in a row) with an additional master volume added on top of this row (smaller knob). There was no tone pot, a three-way toggle switch a la Gretsch was added to this guitar to act as a tone control, switching some caps and resistors. The small selector switch on the pickguard, is the real secret of this guitar, it´s activating an onboard treblebooster, built directly into the guitar. Basically it was a VOX treblebooster, very popular at this time. This feature was integrated in all of Rogers guitars at this time. In the studio, Roger used a Fairchild 670 tube compressor right after his guitar, with the treblebooster engaged to add more sustain and evenness to his tone. This combination (compressor, treblebooster, toaster singlecil pickups, semi-hollow maple guitar body, 12 string construction) is the key to this special "jingle jangle" sound. Another important fact is, that the bridge pickup of the 370/12 is placed very close to the bridge, this adds a lot of ringing high-end ! In 1988, the Roger McGuinn signature Rickenbacker guitar was introduced, offering an onboard compressor, similar to the Boss CS-2 model, with a switching option to pronounce the high-end. Roger McGuinn himself recommends to use a Roland Jazz Chorus amp to nail his sound, as well as Pyramid Gold Flatwound strings (.010/.010 - .013/.013 - .010/.020w - .013/.030 - .020w/.035 - .030/.0465)

Roger McGuinn´s Rickenbacker 12 string guitar

Rickenbacker "Toaster" singlecoil pickups. They are loaded with six AlNiCo 5 magnets, each of them 6.35mm thick and 19mm long. Aprox. half of the length, is stucking out of the bottom of the pickup, the pickup itself is really flat. The pickup routings of the Rickenbacker guitar have corresponding deepenings on the bottom to make the pickups fit. The winding itself has a height of only 5mm, aprox. the half of a normal Strat pickup ! A real thin 0.05mm CuL wire is used for the windings. Because of the flat and wide winding, the spool-constant is larger, compared to a normal Strat pickup. This is the reason, why this pickups have 2.3 H and 7.2 kOhm with only 5000 windings. After 1969/70 these pickups were replaced by the socalled "hi-gain type" pickup with six iron pieces as polepieces, a ceramic magnet and more windings. These pickups are not recommended, if you are looking for the real Roger McGuinn sound.

Rickenbacker Toaster Pickups


Written and researched by Bernd C. Meiser, CEO and mastermind of the BSM company and a longtime confessing Roger McGuinn fan. Besides running the BSM company and building top-notch treblebooster replicas, he´s also a writer for the german "Gitarre & Bass" magazine. If you want to contact him, please send him an email