Burns Nu-Sonic Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)
Burns Nu-Sonic Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in London, England, serial # 13568, cherry polyester finish, Agba wood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case. Item # 7363
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.
As the Nu-Sonics were discontinued by the fall of 1966 the total production run very brief at only about two years. Burns-labeled examples like this are quite rare, especially in the US. The serial number indicates this particular guitar was likely built just around the change in regime and is likely one of the final Burns-logo examples 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.). This guitar shows general wear overall but remains in original unaltered condition. There are dings and scrapes to the finish and quite a bit the typical Polyester checking on the body. The finish also shows quite a bit of fade-the front is more of a gentle tangerine hue while the back still shows a strong bright cherry. There is one extra screw hole by the back strap button where is was moved slightly at some point, but no other damage, repair or alteration. The metal parts show some corrosion; like nearly every Nu-Sonic we have ever had, the vibrato arm has gone missing. The frets and fingerboard show less wear than one might expect and overall this is a nice player's example of this short-lived Jim Burns creation, a superbly light and handy little guitar complete with a Baldwin-era HSC. Overall Very Good + Condition.
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