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 # 14827, green sunburst finish, sycamore body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

The Burns Double Six is one of our very favorite electric 12-strings and a true 1960s 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. It is also a supremely striking looking machine, with a green-black sunburst on the flamed sycamore 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 assembled sometime early in 1966 some months after the US Baldwin company took over the London-based Burns operation in September 1965. The pickguard and wiring assembly were inspected in January 1965, so they must have sat on the shelf for some time before being mounted onto a guitar! There are no major differences from the original Burns-logo'd version, just small detail changes: the neck has fretboard binding added 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 many bands including 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 splendid original example with no notable damage or repair; it is complete and original except for one of the small bolts securing the tailpiece cover. The body has a few small dings but really this is a very well-preserved guitar, an excellent player and the nicest of these we have had in a while! The case is much more battered than the guitar, but still functional. Excellent + Condition.