Friday, 3 January 2014

Burns UK Flyte 1999 prototype - a reissue that, sadly, never came to be
Regular readers will know already that the Burns Flyte is one of my favourite guitar designs. Here's a UK-made prototype for a reissue from 1999, and doesn't it look fantastic? I wonder if the the neck is just a generic Burns scroll neck; I would have thought they'd have reverted to the original spear-shaped Flyte headstock had this model gone into production. Note also the Wilkinson trem, Burns Ultrasonic humbuckers (made by Bill Lawrence), and the Tele-like control panel - all something of a departure for the Flyte. However, the whole guitar is still a whole lot nicer than the eventual Far Eastern-made Flyte reissue which featured an unnecesary cutaway on the body and a more Brian May-like headstock shape.

Currently listed on eBay with a starting bid of £1,790.

G L Wilson

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  1. Looks ace! I think I prefer it to the original design.

  2. I have just spent about half an hour diligently typing out my comment, because I own one of the originals.... And your stupid web page deleted it before it allowed me to post it.... Get it sorted.... Not impressed with this page, but nice pic....But I am very annoyed.... Grrrrrrr



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