A sixties classic!
The "split" refers to the unique pickups in these great Burns models, with two discrete halves inside each pickup cover. The three bass-side strings pass over one set of pickup magnets and the three treble-side strings their own, delivering some subtly unique tones. Inventive players can experiment by switching to the 'Split Sound' setting and picking the low strings on one pickup and the highs on the other. (Queen's Brian May swears by these Burns pickups!)
There's also the 'Wild Dog' setting, (see pic # 5), which gives a cool out-of-phase sound perfect for garage rock, surf or that timeless Tornadoes/Shadows-style instrumental sound. The Shadows were major Burns endorsers, with Hank Marvin having his own Burns 'Marvin' model, and legendary Shadows guitarist designed - or at least suggested - the stylish scroll headstock.
Plug in and play
Handbuilt in the UK over fifty years ago, the guitar is all original, from its solid, single-piece Sycamore body to the snazzy van Ghent tuners. Solid, one-piece Maple neck; bound, 22-fret Rosewood board, (plus zero fret); and a very player friendly medium scale length of 23 1/2". Frets are in fantastic condition, and, having been owned by one of Australia's top players, the guitar is 100% pro maintained and ready to plug in and play.
Finished in the highly desirable Red Sunburst, (the only cooler color option was Green Burst, and good luck finding one of them!), there is surprisingly little playwear, just a few little surface dinglets here and there and a couple of spots of touch-up paint. The whammy bar is MIA, which can probably be seen as a bonus, as the trem system was not seen as the Jazz/Split series' biggest selling point.
Towards the end of 1965 Burns was acquired by the Baldwin Piano Company from the US, hoping their organ/keyboard company might now ride the Beatles and Stones led guitar boom to similar dizzy heights as Fender, Gibson and Rickenbacker. The Burns line continued to be built in the UK, but instruments were now rebranded as Baldwin for the US market. Just over 300 Jazz Split Sounds were built as Burns models, and maybe only half that again as Baldwin, making these quite rare beasts.
Free Courier delivery
The guitar comes in a deluxe Gibson gig bag, or you can upgrade to the snug-fitting Fender tweed hard case shown in the pics, at our cost price of $200. FREE COURIER DELIVERY is included to any address in Australia