Doctor of Teleocity
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- Dec 2, 2003
- The Netherlands
Well, I guess that this guitar is the quintessential electric 12 string, the Rickenbacker 360/12 and as that title suggests, everybody is at least aware of what that instrument sounds like.
I could have chosen the other usual suspect songs by The Byrds, since the Jangle was all over so many of their classics, but I chose this one because of Roger doing a solo. Playing claw hammer style and knowing how close the string spacing of a Ricky 12 string is, that's very impressive.
Now, as Roger McGuinn has told many times over. It was George Harrison who inspired him to buy a Rickenbacker 12 string in the first place and most people would use "A hard days night" as their example on what a Ricky 12 string sounds like. But I'm going for a different one, one that shows in a way more obvious way the link between the Beatles and the Byrds.
Okay, what I'm going to do now might be considered heresy, as I posted the Byrds before. But here's pre- Radar Love Golden Earring with their cover of "Eight miles high". Since they made that song very much their own and with Lead guitarist George Kooymans using a Danelectro Coral 12 string rather than a Rickie, a completely different 12 string sound.
Now let us fast-forwards three decades and Swedish band Roxette, decide to add some Jangle to their 1995 single, "Sleeping in my car". Live versions show their band's guitarist using a Hamer Monaco 12 string single cut. which is also most likely the guitar used on the recording session.
And let's be honest, the electric 12 string is the de-facto instrument for Prog bands. Mike Rutherford of Genesis is well known for using Rickenbackers during the band's early days, but here he is using his Shergold twin neck in a song which displays the sound of both necks to their fullest.