Baldwin - Burns Jazz Split Sound Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1967), made in London, England, serial # 21140, white polyester finish, sycamore body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case. Probably the most popular design from the always-eccentric James Ormston Burns, The Jazz Split Sound is a 1960s classic and a very stylish guitar. These guitars were available in the US labeled Ampeg (1963-4) and Baldwin (after late 1965). This is a late Baldwin-logo example dating to 1967, with the final set of features for the model. It has the double sided headstock topped with a "lump scroll" introduced in mid '66 with the body finished in gleaming white, a rare custom color on this model. The Jazz Split Sound was Burns' midline instrument; professional class, but less expensive than the more dramatically-styled Black Bison and Hank Marvin guitars at the top of the line. Obviously owing a lot to the Stratocaster, the JSS has three "Split Sound" Tri-sonic pickups with a rotary control giving four tone selections including the snarlingly out-of-phase "Wild Dog" and the patented "Split Sound", which combines different half-coils to accentuate bass and treble registers. The lavish Burns "Series II" vibrato system incorporates a floating bridge cradle and individual saddles and must rate as one of the best systems of its kind. The medium-scale neck is slim and comfortable with a slightly less round feel than a Fender, in this case with a soft "V" profile. Even in this final version the Jazz Split Sound rates as a fine-playing guitar with tons of character and a very distinctive sound.Overall length is 37 1/2 in. (95.2 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 1/2 in. (597 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). This is a very clean and all original example, showing just some light wear with no repairs or modifications. The Poly finish is super clean with only small marks and minimal checking unlike many that have checked heavily. The end of the fingerboard by the body is somewhat worn looks like someone strummed these for a time. The bridge block has some plating loss but overall the hardware does not show much wear either and is complete including the often missing trem arm and tailpiece cover. One of the nicer JSSs we have had, complete in a very well-preserved original case and in a custom color to boot! Excellent + Condition.

Listed3 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • Jazz Split Sound
  • White Polyester
  • 1967

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