Baldwin - Burns Virginian Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965)

Baldwin - Burns  Virginian Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1965)
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Baldwin - Burns Virginian Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1965), made in London, England, natural polyester finish, laminared mahogany body, flamed sycamore top, maple neck, gig bag case.

The Virginian is one of the rarer Burns guitars, and one of the best-playing and sounding of this eccentric but always interesting line. Introduced at the beginning of 1965, this was just about Jim Burns' final design for the company that bore his name until September 1965, when Baldwin took over the operation. The model was in production until the late 60's, but many features were changed in mid-1966 when Baldwin 'standardized' the line, so early Burns-style examples like this one are quite rare. This Virginian, although bearing the "Baldwin" logo on the pickguard, is a transitional guitar otherwise identical to the original Burns version.

While appearing initially to be an amplified flat top round-hole acoustic, the Virginian is really a fully electric semi-hollow guitar with a laminated mahogany body and flamed sycamore top. The two "Bar-O-Matik" pickups are mated to the patented fully adjustable "Rezo-Tube" bridge, used without a vibrato only on this model. The "full-scroll" neck is shared with the "Marvin" guitar, although the Virginian has a shorter scale.

The unusual three-knob "density" tone circuit was one of Jim Burns' latest creations at the time, consisting of a stacked pickup with a blendable second coil in the neck position combined with a single-coil at the bridge. The heavily braced cutaway mahogany body was called the "Controlled Resonance" design, developed from the slightly earlier "GB65".

Jim Burns himself was extremely proud of this instrument, which was completely unlike most guitars in existence in 1965. Despite its hybrid appearance, the guitar handles very well and the sound is extremely bright and clear for a full-size hollow instrument.
Overall length is 42 in. (106.7 cm.), 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/2 in. (622 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

All original except one bridge saddle; very clean overall with less of the heavy finish checking common on the typical period Baldwin/Burns instrument. Plays and sounds excellent. Excellent + Condition.