Friday, 11 November 2011

11 on 11/11/11: #3 - Baldwin southpaw semi-hollowbody bass

OK, it's the 11th November 2011, that is 11/11/11, and as such today has been designated Nigel Tufnel Day. To celebrate this day of Maximum Elevenness, we here at Guitarz - for this day only - will be posting an unprecedented ELEVEN blog posts! So, keep tuned throughout the day for eleven weird and wonderful guitars!
Here's one for our left-handed friends, a vintage Baldwin semi-hollowbody bass, although I'm not sure of the exact model number or name (it gets tricky with all the various Burns-related companies!) so if some reader could enlighten me, I would be very grateful.

The Baldwin Piano and Organ Company of Cincinnati bought out Burns London Ltd in 1965 and guitars and basses that had previously been badged "Burns" were re-branded "Baldwin". Most Burns aficionados agree that this was where the rot set in, with standards beginning to slip in quality of construction. The carved scroll headstock on this bass would indicate that it was one of the later Baldwin guitars, this type of neck being adopted across the range in the last few years of production, circa 1967-1969. Baldwin finally gave up on the Burns guitar line in 1970.

Currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £1,399.

G L Wilson

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