Burns DOUBLE SIX 1964 Green Sunburst. Maybe the RAREST BURNS GUITAR. With Tremolo System. Incredible

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BURNS

DOUBLE SIX

WITH MK9 TREMOLO SYSTEM.

EXTREMELY RARE.

VERY COLLECTIBLE.

EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITY.

 

EXCELLENT

CONDITION.

Note: We will ship this guitar internationally but you must get a quote from us first.

 

MY BURNS GUITAR AFFLICTION.

First, my bias. As an American having grown up in the 1960's-1970's, many of my friends find it odd that my most cherished brand of guitar in my collection is British. BURNS. Even though I respect and honor the creative genius of Leo Fender, his guitars were just functional. No more-no less. They were basic.

 Jim Burns contemporaneously was too a creative genius. But his guitars were antithetical to Leo's. Maybe to the point where I would describe Jim as an "Artist" who "created" musical instruments and Leo as a "manufacturer of products that could be used to play music."

I can remember the first time seeing a photo of the Burns Bison, 4pup guitar. It not only caught my eye, it captured my imagination. All of those authors selling books about a "tipping point", "Eureka moment", "imagination", et al could have just shown a photo of that guitar and saved a lot of paper (I now own 14 of those original 4pup Bisons). Jim Burns was a genius and his guitars were simply manifestations of those millions of creative flashes that moved through his whole brain-left and right sides.

I understand this absolute affliction of affinity for Jim's guitars makes me a bit of an odd ball among collectors-but isn't that really the best way to be... different? Of course it is. I'll take creativity over function every day of the week.  Leo was the Engineer and Jim was the Architect.

Over the next few weeks, I will be offering many of my "more unique" Burns (Baldwin, Shergold, Hayman..) pieces for sale on ebay. All Burns guitars are unique-but some are "more unique" than others. And having 200+ in my collection, I can assure you that I have a lot of the "more unique" pieces. And you guys in the UK, get a national holiday for Jim. He deserves it.

NOTE: In response to several emails we have received about these incredible BURNS GUITARS we are offering to collectors, I want to offer these observations in answer to the question: WHY COLLECT BURNS GUITARS?

MY RESPONSE: For those of us who have been collecting guitars for many years, we are seeing a shift in collectible value  from the "street brands" that appeal to the "market" to  those brands that are truly unique and even "niche" (as in a "distinct" segment of the market).

How to explain this "shift"? I can't and no one else can. We can say that "new collectors" are entering the market who are looking to "catch the wave" for the next "big collectible"-and that is probably true. We can say that "new" and "old" collectors are finally recognizing the "true value" of the "off street brands" that are some of the best built and best sounding guitars in the whole market. Certainly that is true for Burns, Standel (Koontz), and several others. These builders were craftsman-not bench guys. Or maybe we collectors are becoming more savvy by diversifying our portfolios. You pick the answer that you like best and it will be correct.

THIS GUITAR

...model is in GRACELAND. I have seen it. Elvis played it.

But his was not like this one.

BURNS guitar fans know these things about the DoubleSix:

-Was built by BURNS in the UK from 1964 into 1965 and branded BURNS-later it 1965 it was branded BALDWIN.

-Scale length is 25 1/2" and it has 21 frets

-3 "Tri-Sonic type" pickups.

-Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard.

-Controls included (1) Volume, (2) Tone, and (1) 3 way Select.

-Really was a 12 String MARVIN.

-Had similar circuitry as MARVIN, could even do "out of phase" tone.

-Became a 12 STRING BASS by using "special set of octave below" strings.

-Could be considered the father of the twelve string rock and roll guitar.

-Played by members of many British groups including the SHADOWS, SEARCHERS, TROGGS, et al.

AND NOW TO THIS GUITAR AND ITS UNIQUENESS:

It has a TREMOLO SYSTEM.

According to Per on Page 30 of this great book:

"Only a few Double Six guitars with a tremolo system were made. Two were green with a modified REZO-tube and one was Red with a floating bridge. Hank Marvin has one of each.  ANOTHER ONE HAD A MK 9 VIBRATO ONLY WORKING ON THE SIX NORMAL STRINGS. The other green one is in a collection somewhere."

THIS IS THE "ANOTHER ONE". Is it the only one. I can't say for certain but I have never seen another one.

Regardless, this is one of the RAREST REAL BURNS GUITARS YOU CAN HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION. But also, if you are a PLAYER, this is your ticket to fame. It is a FAME GENERATOR. Just imagine the sounds you can get out of it that can become your signature (regular 12 st with trem, bass 12 str with trem et al). It is the ultimate recording secret.

THIS GUITAR IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. I would rate it at 8.5-9.0. The lack of perfection is due to various scrapes, nicks, etc. that have occurred over years of taking it out of the case to show it off-in other words, they are mostly on the bottom of the rear bout that hits the case first. PLEASE LOOK AT PHOTOS.

Product Specs

Condition:
Excellent (Used)
Brand
Burns
Model
DOUBLE SIX
Finish
Green Sunburst
Categories
12-String
Year
1964
Made In
United Kingdom

About The Seller

RETROVERB MUSIC, INC.
Joined Jan 2014
Durham, NC, United States

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Return Window

This product can be returned within 3 days of receipt.

General Terms

Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless the item was not received as described.

Refunds

Buyer receives a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping costs.

Special Conditions

MY TRY IT OUT POLICY.

Understanding the normal hesitation of buying a guitar without first playing it, I want to make sure these guitars make you happy. To accomplish that, I want you to try them for 72 hours (three days). Play them, hold them, walk around with them on your back, sleep with then-whatever it takes for you to make sure these are the ones for you. During that time, you can return them for a full refund of your payment price (but of course they need to be treated well while you have them, as I expect you will) less shipping cost and you must pay the cost to ship it back to us.

If one arrives damaged, please let me know immediately by email. Be sure to hold onto all packing material and the box. I will contact the shipper for an inspection. Remember that this can take up to a couple of weeks but I will rush it along.

Minor problems. If there is a problem with one of the guitars when it arrives, e.g., loose wires etc. then I will work with you to get it repaired by someone in your area.

OTHER POLICIES.

A. Payment Policy: PAYMENT DUE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF PURCHASE.

B. Shipping Policy: I will ship to the continental USA ONLY.

C. Return Policy:

1. Returnable within 3 days of delivery. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer pays all return shipping costs.

2. Returns of undamaged and unmodified instruments may allowed, with permission of Seller, for a period of up to 14 days following delivering but will be subject to a 20% restocking fee. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs.

D. Refunds: Buyer receives a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping charges and restocking fees if appropriate.

E. The guarantee:

1. The guitar is in the cosmetic condition as described in this ad. Used guitars will all have signs of use to include dings, dents, scratches, smudges, etc.

2. The guitar is in fully operational condition.

3. Buyer has 72 hrs. to inspect the guitar or have it inspected. Any defects, damage, misrepresentations or other problems must be reported within that time period in writing to the Seller.

4. In the case of damage during shipment, Buyer shall immediately inform seller of such damage and will maintain all original packing materials and box for inspection by the transportation company.

5. If other problems are discovered, Seller will either arrange for repair etc. at a location near the Buyer or request that the Buyer return the guitar to the Seller. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging and no signs of use. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs.

Seller will correct indicated problems and ship the guitar back to the Buyer within 7-10 days of receiving it.

6. Refund Procedure.

a. In the event that the guitar cannot be repaired or replaced with a similar item from Seller’s inventory, the Seller will provide a full refund in their original payment method less any shipping charges and restocking fees if appropriate.

b. During this 72-hour evaluation period, the Buyer may return the guitar for any reason by notifying Seller and receiving a Return Authorization number. Guitar must be in the same condition as received by the Buyer. Buyer pays cost of shipping guitar back to Seller.

c. Returns may be allowed, with permission of Seller and issuance of RA#, after the 72 hour evaluation period for up to 14 days total but a standard 20% Restocking Fee will be charged for the return. Guitar must be in the same condition as received by the Buyer. Buyer pays cost of shipping guitar back to Seller.

NOTE: I want each Buyer of a guitar from my collection to be pleased and happy with his/her purchase so let me know immediately of any problems with your purchase so that we can work it out. Thanks.

RETROVERB MUSIC, INC.

Durham, NC, United States
Joined: Jan 2014

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