1965-1966 Baldwin Burns GB65

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Summary: One of the rarest and most unusual Burns guitars, this model was in production for just over a year from 1965-66 and was one of the first instruments discontinued by Baldwin after they fully took over the company's operation. This is a flat-topped fully hollow body guitar with two Burns “Rez-O-Matic”pickups, eccentrically shaped sound holes and a long 25 1/2" scale length. The heavily braced cutaway mahogany body was called the "Controlled Resonance" design by the company. This guitar handles very well, and the sound is quite bright and clear for a full-size hollowbody instrument.

Body: Single cutaway hollowbody mahogany with a flamed sycamore veneer top, unique asymmetrical soundholes, cream colored binding, 2.642” depth at the widest part of the body.

Neck: Bolt-on maple, rosewood fingerboard, white dot inlays, original three per side “Van Ghent” tuning keys, 25.5” scale length, 1.706” nut width.

Pickups/Hardware: Two Burns “Rez-O-Matic”(bar magnet) pickups with covers that match the pickguards, double trapeze tailpiece, two pick guards(one for switches), three way switch, one volume knob/one tone knob.

Cosmetics: This guitar plays and sounds great. There is a fair amount of checking on the body. There is a small crack near the input jack. The top of the body and some of the sides have had the lacquer sanded down to a satin like finish. A little bit of sanding on the top has gone through the finish. The back of the neck has two small areas where there is checking. Everything described here can be seen in the photos.

Playability: Our in-house guitar tech has inspected, setup, and restrung this guitar with a new set of 10s. The neck is straight, the truss rod is fully functional, and the action has been setup low and comfortable. The frets are in great shape with no major grooves or divots from use and it plays beautifully up and down the fretboard with no dead spots or choking out.

Modifications: The three-way toggle switch cap may have been replaced.

Weight: 7lbs.

Case: This guitar ships in a chipboard case, professionally packaged, and fully insured.