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Product Description



You want rare? Check out this exceptionally clean 1965 Baldwin Burns Baby Bison Bass with two pickups. For those of you familiar with the Burns line of instruments, this is a joy to see a vintage piece like this in such exceptional condition. For those of you not familiar with the Burns legacy, sit back and read on. You're about to get a small dose of "English Guitar History 101."


James O. Burns is often referred to as England’s Leo Fender, and this beautiful Baby Bison is an excellent example of the fine workmanship and detail that emerged from the Burns company during the 1960s.

According to legend, Burns showed a prototype guitar with curved horns (similar to this one) to a musician named Ike Isaacs, who was one of Britain's foremost guitarists of the day. Upon seeing it, Ike exclaimed, “It looks like a bloody bison!” Burns, who hadn't thought of a name yet for his guitar, thought it was perfect and christened it exactly that. Burns went on to make the more famous and highly desired Black Bison series of electrics, including the four pickup model from 1960 to 1961, that to this day it is considered by many to be the finest British guitar ever made. It also proved to be the breakthrough for Burns in terms of quality design. Only 49 guitars of that four-pickup model were made, which unofficially made it the Holy Grail among many collectors of British (or any other) guitars.

The Baby Bison line of guitars was an off-shoot of the Burns Black Bison series, and were manufactured by the Baldwin company in the mid-to-late 1960s. The Burns Black Bison guitars mainly stayed in the United Kingdom, while the Baldwin Baby Bison models were exported outside of the U.K., most to the lucrative American market. All of them, however, are considered quite desirable models, and were used by such noted players as the Doobie Brothers' Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Mark Knopfler, and even Elvis Presley. These guitars are a very welcome addition to any serious guitar collection.

This exceptional example of a mid-1960s Baby Bison Bass comes from the 
collection of a well-established and now retired studio/traveling musician. He had many nice guitars and basses in his collection - including quite a few Burns guitars and basses.  He took meticulous care of all his equipment, and when you see this bass you will see just how well he cared for them.


This Baby Bison Bass (serial number 20452) is in EXCELLENT to NEAR MINT condition, and comes with the original Baldwin black hardshell case - on which the latches are there but need a little TLC to function properly. Every aspect of this incredibly beautiful bass guitar was designed by James O. Burns ... from the unique headstock design to the single coil bass pickups to the very functional Rezo-tube bridge and saddle system. The bass has been played - as all GREAT basses are - but this one shows minimal signs of use. There is absolutely NOTHING that takes away from the beauty of this wonderful and very fine Baby Bison Bass model Burns guitar. We believe everything on the bass is original, but we simply cannot be sure because there isn't much reference information out there on these wonderful guitars. 

Please check out the 42 hi-res photos below, and don't hesitate to contact us at 888-407-1019 with any questions or corrections to the information provided above. We like to get it right, and are not offended in the least by people offering their opinions and thoughts. 


  • Nut Width: 1-5/8”
  • String Height (12th Fret): 1/8”
  • Pickups: James O. Burns Designed Single Coil Bass Pickups 
  • Body Woods: Sycamore
  • Neck Woods & Profile: Maple/Thin Profile
  • Fingerboard Wood & Inlays: Rosewood/Pearl Dot Inlays
  • Fret Condition: Good
  • Hardware: Chrome/Nickel, Original Rezo-Tube Bridge/Saddle System
  • Controls: Volume, Tone, Presence, One Pickup Toggle Switch
  • Color/Finish: Cherry Red
  • Pickguard: Black with White Trim with Clear Plastic Outlines
  • Weight: 10 lbs.
  • Case: Original Baldwin Black Hardshell Case w/ Blue Interior

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