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Burns Nu-Sonic Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Burns  Nu-Sonic Solid Body Electric Guitar  (1965)

Burns Nu-Sonic Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in London, England, cherry polyester finish, Agba wood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

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 UK 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 was very brief at only about two years. Burns-labeled examples like this are quite rare, especially in the US.

This particular guitar was built in 1965 and is one of the later Burns-logo examples. It was fitted out with two single-coil Nu-Sonic Pickups under engraved plastic covers, a 3-way switch, individual volumes, and master tone, making for a good-sounding and surprisingly versatile package. The Nu-Sonic is a very light and comfortable guitar with a snarly tone. A cool UK 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 mostly original condition. There are dings and scrapes to the finish and some of the typical Polyester crazing on the body. There is a finish chip to the tip of the headstock and one scratch on the pickguard (or scratchplate, as the English call it).

The finish shows more fade on the front than the back, which retains more cherry hue. The bridge is an original period metal unit but not the original Burns piece; all other hardware is complete and original. Even the vibrato arm (which has often gone missing) is still present and working. The frets and fingerboard show some wear in the lower positions, but the guitar plays well. Overall a nice, playable example of this short-lived Jim Burns creation; a superbly light and handy little guitar. Very Good + Condition.

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