Wednesday, 27 July 2011

One-off Burns Marvin/Bison hybrid circa 2009/2010
This Burns Marvin/Bison hybrid was made by Barry Gibson at Burns during 2009/2010 and combines the features of two classic Burns guitars from the 60s. It is supposedly the only Marvin type guitar with a Bison headstock in existence.

The guitar features an Ash body in the Marvin shape with an extended lip on the neck pocket. The neck is of plain maple with an unbound rosewood fingerboard, 10" radius and 6105 fretwire. The headstock, modelled on a '63 Bison, has an Old Ormston Burns (OB) headstock decal instead of the Marvin type, standard MOP neck markers, and is painted Jet Black with 21 frets plus a Zero fret.

The pickguard is a unique black one piece similar to '63 Bison and features an oversized Burns London logo. Other appointments include chrome hardware, chrome Rez-O-Tube vibrato, and chrome van Ghents machine heads, while electrics are Burns hand-wound UK made Rez-o-Matik pickups, twin selector switches (offering 7 combinations), 1 volume, 2 tone controls (one with new rez-o-tone 5 way pot active when selectors are in bridge position).

Currently being auctioned on eBay UK with bidding currently over £300 as I type this (auction ends Sunday).

G L Wilson

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