VINTAGE 1967 BALDWIN BURNS DOUBLE SIX
12-STRING MODEL IN BEAUTIFUL SUNBURST FINISH
You want rare? Check out this exceptionally clean 1967 Baldwin Burns Double Six 12-string electric guitar with three original Burns Tri-Sonic pickups. For those of you familiar with the Burns line of guitars, it's truly 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.
This Double Six 12-string model - which is not a common sight, and are considered fairly rare in ANY condition - was manufactured by the Baldwin company in the mid-to-late 1960s, shortly after Burns sold part of the company to Baldwin. The bulk of the Burns model guitars stayed in the United Kingdom, while the Baldwin 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 artists 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 circa 1967 Baldwin Burns Double Six 12-string comes from the collection of a well-established and now retired studio/traveling musician. His main instrument was the bass, but he also played the guitar and had several very nice models in his collection - including quite a few Burns guitars and basses. He took meticulous care of all his equipment, and when you see this guitar you will see just how well he cared for them.
This Double Six 12-string model (serial number 15829) is in EXCELLENT condition, and comes with the original Baldwin black hardshell case. Every aspect of this incredibly beautiful guitar was designed by James O. Burns ... from the unique headstock design to the original single coil "Tri-Sonic" pickups to the very functional and unique tone control system. The guitar has been played - as all GREAT guitars are - but this one shows only minor signs of use, including the usual marks associated with a 40-plus year old guitar. However, there is absolutely NOTHING that takes away from the beauty of this wonderful and very fine Double Six 12-string guitar. We believe everything on the guitar is original, but we simply cannot be sure because there isn't much reference information out there on these wonderful guitars.
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