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

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

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Baldwin - Burns Double Six Model 12 String Solid Body Electric Guitar (1966), made in London, England, serial # 17003, red/black sunburst finish, sycamore body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

The Burns Double Six is 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 this British-made 12-string is a versatile and great-sounding guitar for many applications. This 1966 example is also a supremely striking looking machine, with a vibrant red-black sunburst (a fairly rare variation) on the body and neck continuing to the huge double-sided headstock. The Double Six is equipped with three single-coil Burns Tri-Sonic pickups giving it a clear and very powerful sound, and the big wide neck is a treat for players who feel constrained by the typical narrow Rickenbacker-style 12 string fingerboard.

This particular guitar was made in 1966 some months 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: the neck has fretboard binding and of course the lower pickguard logo is now "Baldwin". The double six remains 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.). This is a very clean and original example, with just some minor wear. The finish shows less checking than many Baldwins from this era, with just a few lines on the body. There are some dings and chips to the body edges but not much actual play wear. All three pickups sound great and if you lodge the selector switch just right you can get a pretty "wild doggy' out-of-phase sound too. A really nice example of an in-house favorite. The huge original Baldwin hard case is included with the handle missing. Excellent Condition.