Baldwin - Burns Nu-Sonic Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)
Baldwin - Burns Nu-Sonic Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in London, cherry polyester finish, Agba wood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case. Item # 7124
The Nu-Sonic guitar was Burns of London's student-level instrument after mid-1964, introduced to replace the original 1960 Sonic series. The model was offered in guitar and bass form in cherry or black finish at around half the price of a flashy Bison or Marvin guitar; it is roughly the equivalent of Fender's Mustang. Despite its lower-budget intentions, the Nu-Sonic is a well-made guitar and was not particularly cheap by contemporary standards. Perhaps in light of this, it was one of the first models to be dropped by Baldwin after they bought the Burns company in September 1965.
The Nu-Sonics were discontinued by the fall of 1966 making the total production run very brief at only about two years. Burns-labeled examples are quite rare, and this Baldwin only slightly less so. This particular guitar was likely built just around the change in regime and is a Burns in all but name; the cut-in "Baldwin" logo was a later addition to the pickguard before it was shipped out. Fitted out with two single-coil Nu-Sonic Pickups, 3-way switch, individual volumes and master tone this is a very light and comfortable guitar with a snarly tone. A cool Burns rarity and neat little player's guitar.
Overall length is 37 7/8 in. (96.2 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 3/8 in. (594 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). Fine original condition overall; there is some wear and small dings to the finish but little of the typical Polyester finish checking. The finish shows some light belt-buckle wear on the back but virtually none of the usual fading-the color is still a very strong bright cherry. There is one small screw hole on the back lower horn where someone added a left-handed strap button at some point, but no other damage, repair or alteration. Like nearly every Nu-Sonic we have ever had, the vibrato arm has gone missing. A very nice example of this short-lived and fairly rare Jim Burns creation, a superbly light and handy little guitar complete with the original heavy-duty HSC. Excellent - Condition.
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