Burns Guitars over the years have been used by some of the best guitarists and bassists in the world .My old friend Jim (JAMES ORMSTON BURNS 1925 - 1998) has often been described as the 'British Leo Fender' a well-deserved and apt title because there are many parallels to be drawn between the two men. Jim was very much a pioneer, and his policy of continual development and refinement reflected a constant quest to realise his vision of the ideal electric guitar. Burns Guitars distinctive design ideas were more than matched by accompanying hardware and circuitry and although some such aspects bordered on gimmickry, others offered genuine innovation, and have become accepted concepts, later to be claimed as firsts by other, more illustrious conveniently forgetful makers.
Jim Burns pioneered several interesting pickups, the most famous and unique being the Tri-Sonic (you can hear it, of course, on any Queen record). However, Burns used at least eight different kinds of pickups between 1960 and ཾ. The Split Sound pickup, where bass notes are picked up from the neck pickup and the treble notes from the bridge pickup, is particularly interesting: the Rezo-Matic pickup of the Marvin guitars is known for its own distinct sound, as is the remarkable Bar-o-Matic pickup with two stacked coils mixable by a density control. Burns was far more innovative than most of the American competition when it came to circuitry
So, why should you believe everything we say about how great these great Burns guitars are?. Over the years, many of the best guitarists and bassists in the world have played Burns Guitars , and they must know a thing or two.