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Baldwin - Burns Double Six 12 String Electric Guitar (1966)

Baldwin - Burns Double Six Model 12 String Electric Guitar (1966), made in London, England, red/black sunburst finish, sycamore body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

One of our very favorite electric 12-strings and a true 1960's classic. With its wide comfortable neck and three powerful Tri-Sonic pickups the Burns Double Six is a versatile and great-sounding guitar for many applications. It is also a supremely striking looking machine, with a vibrant sunburst finish and a huge double-sided headstock. This 1966 example is in extremely well-preserved condition, all original with very little wear. Three single-coil Burns Tri-Sonic pickups give the Double Six a clear and very powerful sound, and the big neck is a treat for players who feel constrained by the typical narrow Rickenbacker-style 12 string fingerboard. This particular guitar is in the far less common red/black sunburst (most are green!) and thus something of a rarity.

This guitar was made a year or so after the US Baldwin company took over the London-based Burns operation in September 1965. There are no major differences from the original Burns version, just small detail changes: a natural-finished neck with fretboard binding instead of the original sunbursting to match the body and of course the "Baldwin"pickguard logo. One of the very best Burns-designed instruments and a mucho cool guitar, favored by the Searchers, The Zombies, The Troggs and even Elvis!
 
Overall length is 42 1/4 in. (107.3 cm.), 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 2 in. (51 mm.). 100% Original and very clean, only some very light edgewear and corrosion to some plating, most notably the tailpiece cover. Vibrant sunburst finish. Virtually no fade to the finish and much less checking than commonly seen on Baldwin-era instruments. Includes a period HSC. Excellent + Condition.

Item # 4322
 
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