A TRULY CLASSIC AND RARE AMPLIFIER …
1965 BURNS ORBIT 3 (THREE) AMPLIFIER
MADE BY JIM BURNS - ENGLAND'S "LEO FENDER"
James O. Burns is often referred to as England’s Leo Fender, and while he was primarily known more for his guitars, he was also very instrumental in the development of English amplifiers, as he competed to set the standard with British amplifier companies – especially VOX.
This Burns Orbit 3 is a very rare and classic example of the fine workmanship and detail that emerged from the Burns company during the early 1960s, when the company was still owned by Jim Burns. However, when Burns sold his company to Baldwin in the early 1960s, Baldwin decided to expand into the guitar business and tried to buy Fender as well. Of course, they lost a bidding war to CBS but ended up buying almost all of the Burns facilities. In 1965 Baldwin started selling guitars and amplifiers manufactured by Burns under its own brand name. At first the models had only different nameplates but in the late ’60s the entire lineup of Burns models had been completely changed. Amplifiers were produced in the Fayetteville organ plant supervised by Stan Krueger, and Baldwin's response to the VOX Super Beatle – called The Exterminator amplifier (ca. 1967) – is a classic example of their efforts. In 1968 Baldwin dropped out of the guitar business altogether, but continued to build amplifiers, buying both Sunn and Kustom in 1979.
This particular amp, along with several other rare and desirable amps and guitars (please see our other listings), were part of large collection of both guitars and amplifiers that we recently purchased. The previous owner took meticulous care of everything in his collection, so despite whatever condition the pieces may be in now, they are certainly in the same condition as when he first purchased them, AND were properly maintained while under his ownership.