From 1965 until their breakup in 1973, the Byrds were a bona-fide electric-guitar powerhouse. During the California band's initial—and most popular—incarnation, Jim McGuinn turned the 12-string Rickenbacker 360 guitar into an institution. Its glorious trademark "chiming" sound actually became the band's trademark sound—a sound that even influenced the almighty Beatles.
Faithful to the original Guild Starfire Bass used by Hillman on recordings like “Turn, Turn, Turn!” “Eight Miles High” and “The Times They Are A-Changing,” this new “Byrds Bass” features a semi-hollow all- maple body, rosewood fingerboard, three-piece mahogany neck and single BS-1 BiSonic pickup.
Clarence White was a genuine double threat. His brilliant, Doc Watson-inspired acoustic flatpicking, which incorporated lightning-fast fiddle lines played on an ancient Martin D-28, helped the bluegrass world recognize the guitar as a lead instrument. Several masters of the genre, including Tony Rice and Norman Blake, name him as a key influence.