Description

Retrofret Stock # 6634. Burns Shadows Bass 1964 John Rostill Limited Edition Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar (2006), serial # 301, white polyester finish, alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original grey alligator hard shell case. The original 1960's Shadows Bass is one of the rarer and most sought after of Burns instruments. The four-string brother to the Hank Marvin signature guitar, this imposing three-pickup bass was designed for the group it is named for, and used by them through the 1960's. It is also one of the best playing and sounding instruments of this eccentric but always interesting line. The Marvin guitar is the most collected of all Burns instruments, due to the Shadows enduring worldwide popularity- the Shadows bass is actually even rarer and is a must to complete the set!Introduced in the middle of 1964, this was the company's most prestigious bass to date and the formerly top-of-the line Bison Bass was immediately re-styled to match it. The original Shadows bass was built in small numbers and Burns-logo'd examples are very scarce today; the situation didn't change much after September 1965 when the American Baldwin piano and organ company took over Burns' operation. The model remained in limited production until the late '60's, but many features were changed in mid-1966 when Baldwin 'standardized' the line.In 2005 the modern Burns, London LTD. Company purchased the original 1964 prototype Shadows Bass made for and used by the late John Rostill from 1964-70, and issued this very accurate re-issue to commemorate that historic instrument. This was issued only in a limited edition of 500 worldwide of which this is #301. There were a number of unique features taken from the prototype; the pickups and "cage" handrest are mounted straight, not as a slight angle, the scroll headstock is a bit narrower and carries a "Marvin" logo plate instead of "Shadows". The three pickups are housed under "Nu-Sonic" marked covers and are mated to a Strat-like wiring rig of a single switch, master volume and 2 tone knobs. This re-issue model offers a wider rage of sounds than the original with a 5-way switch and an extra-push/pull tone pot. The tuners are re-tooled versions of the original plastic-button VanGents, especially re-created for this model.The truss rod is the original 1960's style Gear-O-Matic, adjusted with a key beneath the heel. One oddity also lovingly re-created is the patented adjustable "Rezo-Tube" bridge which floats over the body with each string terminating underneath in a separate tube. This version uses individual saddles in place of the original one-piece bar, and also omits the original mute assembly-but still offers a unique sound. The 33 1/2" scale neck with a rosewood fingerboard captures the original 1960's feel perfectly. The body is a variation on the Fender Precision previously favored by the Shadows, with curvier cutaway horns typical of Jim Burns' designs.Jim Burns himself was extremely proud of the instruments he designed for the Shadows, who were still among the UK's top acts in 1964. These models put his company firmly on the map as England's premier guitar maker. This exacting re-issue is one of the modern Burns company's finest efforts to date. In many ways this is a more solid instrument than the original production models; it handles very well and is an excellent and versatile player's instrument.Overall length is 47 in. (119.4 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 33 1/2 in. (851 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This piece was brought over for a trade show when new in 2006 and had been unused since then. Some tiny handling marks and plating clouding but basically a new-old-stock instrument, including the original Burns strap, hangtags, polishing cloth, toolkit and case keys. A very good playing and sounding bass and an exceptionally fine- and accurate- re-issue of this historic instrument. Near Mint Condition.

Year Condition Color Case
2006 Mint white polyester Original Hard

$1,200

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