THE GUITARS OF JAMES ORMSTON BURNS

REFERENCE & RESOURCE PAGES:

 

SUPERSOUND (1958) - BURNS-WEILL (1959) - FENTON WEILL (1960-65)

ORMSTON BURNS (1960-1965) - AMPEG (1963-64) - BALDWIN (1965-69)

SHERGOLD WOODCRAFTS (1967-69) - ORMSTON (1968) - HAYMAN (1970-75)

BURNS UK (1973-77) - BURNS ACTUALIZERS (1979-82) - SHERGOLD (1975-92)

 

BURNS LONDON

TIMELINE - PUBLICITY - FACTORY

ARTIST - DELUXE - SONIC - BLACK BISON - VISTA

BLACK BISON III - JAZZ - TR-2 - NU-SONIC - MARVIN - DOUBLE 6

BISON - VIBRASLIM - GB65 - GB66 - VIRGINIAN - BABY BISON

AMPLIFIERS - ACCESSORIES - PROTOTYPES

 

 

ADVERTS & PUBLICITY MATERIAL

 

Burns Artist advert Melody Maker 19th December 1959

Melody Maker 19th December 1959

 

 

Burns Tele Amp advert Melody Maker 17th Dec 1960

Melody Maker 17th Dec 1960

 

 

BELL catalogue Vibra-'Artist Model' advert, c.1961

 

 

Burns Mk VII advert

Melody Maker 8th July 1961

 

 

Burns Master Vibrato Arm Mk VII advert

Melody Maker 28th Oct 1961

 

 

Burns Swinging Christmas 1961 advert

Melody Maker 2nd Dec 1961

 

 

Burns Black Bison advert 1961

Melody Maker 9th Dec 1961

 

 

Burns Black Bison advert 1961

Melody Maker 16th Dec 1961

 

 

Bell Music Catalogue March 1962

 

 

Black Bison Leaflet April 1962

 

" This is a repro of an actual two-sided, single page leaflet dated April 1962, which also includes the Vibra Artist Deluxe and other models. I used to also own an earlier different edition (unfortunately long gone and I’ve never seen another) showing the Bison backed by a black-finished, three-pickup thinline semi, the latter being the first in a series of prototype designs that culminated with the TR2 and Vibraslim. The earlier brochure was exactly the same as the second in terms of the Bison page, just the reverse side was different. The black thinline pictured had the same styling as subsequent prototype variations, i.e. as used on the TR2 and Vibraslim, whereas the thinline semi shown in the various MM ads for the Burns vibrato was that sunburst finish, twin-cutaway three-pickup example handbuilt by Jim. Note that the first ad was in the June 10 1961 issue and this new vibrato was called just the Master;  the July 8 advert then added the Mk.VII suffix, while the Oct 28 ad called it the Master Mk.III, available at a reduced price. Finally, the Burns ad in the Dec 2 1961 issue was the first to mention the “new” Mk.9 version. There you are, a potted but date accurate history of Burns vibrato unit development, all thanks to those wonderful old Melody Makers!" - Paul Day

 

Burns Deluxe Vibra Artiste advert

Melody Maker 28th April 1962

 

"This is indeed the first (and only) press advert for the Vibra Artiste Deluxe, appearing in the April 28th 1962 Melody Maker, and the corresponding publicity leaflet was also dated April 1962. The latter  delved into greater detail, although as you say, the company didn't exactly go overboard promotion-wise, but remember that by this time Jim was already developing the 'next generation' of models, incorporating some of the ideas formulated on the Deluxe. The prototype Vista Sonic was accordingly first advertised a mere two months later, so the writing was very much on the wall for the former flagship Vibra Artiste and its ilk. There never was a proper production run as such for the Deluxe six-string or four-string versions; Jim told me that standard examples were simply modified as necessary by hand whenever an appropriate order for a Deluxe was received. This means they stopped offering/making them when the Vibra Artiste and Artiste bass officially disappeared from the range, i.e. by 1963." - Paul Day

 

 

Burns guitar organ newspiece

Melody Maker 28th April 1962

 

 

Burns split Sound advert

Melody Maker 30th June 1962

 

Crescendo August 1962

 

Besson Burns Vista-Sonic advert

Melody Maker 21st Sept 1962

 

 

Melody Maker December 1962

 

Crescendo December 1962

 

 

Brochure, undated. Presumed 1962-63?

 

January 1963 Besson

Crescendo January 1963 Besson advert offering Twinmaster, Triplemaster and 4-pickup-Twister Guitar(!)

 

 

B&M Trade Catalogue, presumed early 1963

 

Inner pages:

 

 

 

 

 

Burns Mecca advert

Melody Maker 5th Jan 1963

 

Musicland advert

Melody Maker 9th Feb 1963

 

Burns 6-String bass advert

Melody Maker 23rd Feb 1963

 

Crescendo April 1963

 

circa 1963 BURNS GUITARS TRADE SHOW

 

Watkins Burns Black Bison advert

Melody Maker 22nd June 1963

 

 

Burns Split Sound advert

New Musical Express 9th August 1963

 

 

Burns Orbit advert

New Musical Express 23rd August 1963

 

 

Burns Orbit advert

Melody Maker 24th August 1963

 

 

Burns Split Sound advert

New Musical Express 6th September 1963

 

 

Burns Split Sound advert

Melody Maker 14th September 1963

 

 

Burns Orbit advert

New Musical Express 13th September 1963

 

 

Burns Orbit advert

Melody Maker 14th September 1963

 

Crescendo September 1963

 

Burns Orbit advert

Mwlody Maker 5th October 1963

 

 

Burns TR2 advert

New Musical Express 25th October 1963

 

 

Burns TR2 guitar advert

New Musical Express 8th October 1963

 

 

 

Burns TR2 guitar advert 1963

Melody Maker 9th October 1963

 

 

Burns Orbit advert

New Musical Express 15th November 1963

 

 

Burns Orbit advert

Melody Maker 16th November 1963

 

 

circa Oct 1963-April 64 Norwegian Brochure Cover

 

 

circa Oct 1963-April 64 Swedish Advert

 

 

Burns Series 2 vibrato advert

New Musical Express 20th December 1963

 

 

Burns Orbit advert

Crescendo December 1963

 

 

 

Burns Orbit advert

New Musical Express 24th January 1964

 

 

Feb 1964 Crescendo Magazine Article

 

 

Burns Orbit advert

New Musical Express 20th Mar 1964

 

 

Burns Stage One advert

New Musical Express 27th March 1964

 

 

New Musical Express 3rd April 1964

 

 

April 1964 Orbit 'Double 12' advert

 

 

Burns Stage One advert

New Musical Express 15th May 1964

 

 

c.1964 advert, source unknown

 

c.1964 advert, source unknown

 

c.1964 publicity, source unknown

 

 

Burns Solid Sound advertBurns Marvin Singing Strings advert

New Musical Express 22nd May 1964

 

 

Burns Nu-Sonic advert

New Musical Express 29th May 1964

 

 

Honeycombs Advert, sometime soon after "Have I The Right?" was released, June 1964

 

 

Beat Monthly July 1964

 

 

burns marvin advert

New Musical Express 21st August 1964

 

 

Burns Marvin advert

New Musical Express 28th August 1964

 

 

Burns Double 12 advert

New Musical Express 28th August 1964

 

 

Sound Of Burns Guitars advert

New Musical Express circa Sept 1964

 

 

BURNS CATALOGUE

September 1964

 

 

Burns Solid Sound advert

New Musical Express circa Oct 1964

 

 

Burns Big Beat advert

New Musical Express circa November 1964

 

 

Burns Double 6 advert

New Musical Express circa November 1964

 

 

Go Burns 1964 advert

New Musical Express 4th December 1964

 

 

 

 

The Burns Shop, Centre Point December 1964

 

Beat Instrumental January 1965

 

 

Burns GB65 advert

Crescendo February 1965

crescendo Feb 65

 

February 1965 Burns Trade Catalogue

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1965 Frankfurt Trade Fair

 

crescendo

April 1965 Crescendo Frankfurt Fair report

 

March 1965 Burns Bulletin

Burns Bulletin March 1965

 

Burns Bulletin March 1965

 

Burns Bulletin March 1965

 

 

March 1965 Beat Instrumental

 

Burns Orbit advert

Crescendo April 1965

 

1965 Centre Point Shopfront

 

 

 

Crescendo 1965

Crescendo October 1965 - British Musical Instrument Trade Fair feature

 

 

source and date unknown

 

1966 CrescendoCrescendo September 1966 - British Musical Instrument Trade Fair feature