Roger McGuinn

Roger McGuinn´s prototype of the 730L/12 "Laramie"

The model 730L/12 "Laramie" prototype owned by Roger McGuinn

370/12 setup tip


Notice that the low E and A string saddles are all the way back?This is necessary to obtain proper intonation. But it can't be done unless you remove the springs from the saddles. The rest of the springs are all right to leave in place; they don't get in the way.

Concert dates

OK, this is not a Rickenbacker but Roger has now two models to call his own. That´s really something! Read about it below the picture!

The Martin D12-42RM


       Los Angeles, January 28, 1999 -- Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Honoree James Joseph "Roger" McGuinn, III is acknowledged to be one of the most influential 12-string guitarists in the world. Founder of The Byrds, one of the most important folk/rock groups of the '60s, McGuinn and his 12-string electric Rickenbaker are legends in music history. The Byrds' lineup through the years always included McGuinn, and, during the group's long history, other members of the group were such stellar performers as Gene Clark, David Crosby, Gram Parsons, Gene Parsons and of course, the legendary Clarence White.

        When McGuinn is not "plugged in" he has long favored his Martin 12-string guitars, of which he owns several. In honor of McGuinn's dedication to Martin and his expertise on the 12-string guitar, Martin is proud to introduce the Limited Edition D12-42RM Roger McGuinn 12-String guitar.

        The D12-42RM is a 14-fret Dreadnought. The soundboard is bookmatched from select Sitka spruce and lightly supported with Martin's 5/16" height X-bracing. Abalone pearl, selected for excellent color, is carefully inlaid around the perimeter of the rosette, the tongue of the fingerboard, and the circumference of the top. The sides and back are bookmatched from solid East Indian rosewood
and a Style 45 multi-colored mosaic inlay strip demarcates the two piece back.

        The neck of the Roger McGuinn limited edition guitar is shaped from solid genuine mahogany and the fingerboard, inlaid with Style 45 abalone hexagons, is crafted from solid genuine ebony. The body, fingerboard and headstock are bound with vintage style grained ivoroid. Roger McGuinn's signature is tastefully inlaid in pearl between the 19th and 20th frets. The soundboard is tinted with golden "vintage toner." The body and headplate are finished with nitro-cellulose lacquer and polished to a high gloss, while the neck, finished with satin lacquer, remains smooth to the player's touch. In keeping with the wishes of Roger McGuinn, the deluxe 5-ply Geib¨ style vintage case is custom covered in black denim, with a special royal blue velvet interior.

        The interior label for each instrument will be individually numbered and personally signed by Roger McGuinn and Martin Chairman and CEO C.F. Martin, IV. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each D12-42RM will be donated to the "The Flying Hospital", a charity which airlifts essential medical supplies and physician's care to locations desperately lacking such
        Martin dealers will take orders for the D12-42RM immediately, though due to demand for Martin instruments, this edition will not begin to appear in stores until the summer of 1999.  C. F. Martin & Co., the oldest surviving guitarmaker in the world
and the largest maker of acoustic guitars in the United States, dates back to the 1830s when Christian Frederick Martin, Sr. emigrated to the United States from Germany.  The guitar shop he set up over 165 years ago has been continuously family owned and operated.  Current Chairman and CEO Chris Martin, IV is the sixth generation Martin to head this venerable company.

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