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Rare Collection of Supersound Guitars Found in British Basement, British Jim Burns, Alan Wootton
Gibson.com ^ | April 15, 2009 | Gabriel J. Hernandez

Posted on 04/25/2009 2:30:27 PM PDT by Son House

A rare collection of British-made Supersound guitars has been found in the basement of a house in the U.K., according to a report from the BBC.

The Supersound brand of guitars resulted from a collaboration between noted British luthiers Jim Burns and Alan Wootton during the late 1950s. Burns, of course, went on to produce guitars played by such notable musicians as Queen’s Brian May, Andy Bell of Oasis, and others.

The collection of 12 Supersound guitars appears to be one of the most definitive – and important – examples of a fairly undocumented period of British guitar-making history.

“In nearly 50 years of playing, working on and writing about the electric guitar, this is the first time I have actually seen one Supersound instrument, let alone 12,” Paul Day, author of The Burns Book, told the BBC. “These are among the earliest electric guitars and basses from any British builder and therefore comprise an important, but hitherto virtually unknown chapter in UK guitar-making history.”

The guitars were purchased by Guy Mackenzie from an unidentified “owner” who’d originally purchased the instruments from Wootton’s son several years ago. The guitars had remained in an “untouched’ state ever since.

“I don't actually play, but I just love them in the same way that people collect old paintings even though they can't paint,” Mackenzie told the BBC. “As soon as I tracked down these ultra-rare instruments – apparently some of the very first made by U.K. legend Jim Burns – I just had to meet the owner.”

No word yet on Mackenzie’s plans for the rare instruments.


TOPICS: History; Hobbies; Music/Entertainment; Reference
KEYWORDS: found; guitars; rare
Great find, just got my old East German electric back, it was pretty bad off, but the sentimental value to this old Soldier makes it a nice wall hanger
1 posted on 04/25/2009 2:30:27 PM PDT by Son House
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To: Son House


Cool.
2 posted on 04/25/2009 2:34:11 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Son House
Excuse my little camera's quality, my friend told me he thinks it's a Hofner, but I'm not sure if they were East German
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3 posted on 04/25/2009 2:34:31 PM PDT by Son House (Make A Bad Situation Worse, Raise Taxes, Increase Government Spending, Thanks Øbama)
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4 posted on 04/25/2009 2:34:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Son House

5 posted on 04/25/2009 2:35:14 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Son House

Yeah, I just got my Strat back last night after not having it for 4 months. My fingertips are in a fair bit of pain.

Lord knows what these guitars would go for, should they be auctioned off.

If only I had $2000 to burn to custom-design a guitar...


6 posted on 04/25/2009 2:37:20 PM PDT by wastedyears (Iron Maiden's gonna get ya, no matter how far!)
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To: Liberty Valance

So that’s what they look like? I think I saw a few of those at Guitar Center when I was there during the week. Even a left-handed one. Didn’t see a price tag though.


7 posted on 04/25/2009 2:38:34 PM PDT by wastedyears (Iron Maiden's gonna get ya, no matter how far!)
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To: Liberty Valance

Hey, that’s what i was going to say. really cool.


8 posted on 04/25/2009 2:39:37 PM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: Son House; Attention Surplus Disorder; Mr_Moonlight; SeeSharp

*Cool guitars ping*


9 posted on 04/25/2009 2:39:43 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Son House
1963 Burns TR2
1963 Burns TR2 Pictures, Images and Photos
Burns Jazz Split Sonic 1965
Burns Jazz Split Sonic 1965 Pictures, Images and Photos
10 posted on 04/25/2009 2:41:17 PM PDT by Son House (Make A Bad Situation Worse, Raise Taxes, Increase Government Spending, Thanks Øbama)
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To: Son House
The collection of 12 Supersound guitars appears to be one of the most definitive – and important – examples of a fairly undocumented period of British guitar-making history.

A history that had little impact and influence on the electric guitar world. Britain will instead be remembered for producing the devices that allowed the electric guitar to be played loudly. Very loudly. Marshall. Vox. Hiwatt. This is Britain's legacy to the electric guitar.

11 posted on 04/25/2009 2:42:36 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Son House
Burns Bilson Albino 1965
Burns Bilson Albino 1965 Pictures, Images and Photos
Burns Vista Sonic 1964
Burns Vista Sonic 1964 Pictures, Images and Photos
12 posted on 04/25/2009 2:43:22 PM PDT by Son House (Make A Bad Situation Worse, Raise Taxes, Increase Government Spending, Thanks Øbama)
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To: Son House

Does your friend also take photos of UFOs?


13 posted on 04/25/2009 2:45:08 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Son House; Grizzled Bear; NewRomeTacitus; cripplecreek; creeping death; JeffreyH; RandallFlagg; ...

*more guitar pings*


14 posted on 04/25/2009 2:46:16 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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Great point.
15 posted on 04/25/2009 2:48:31 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: snarks_when_bored

I’ll try that later tonight, actually, my Father donated it to me, VuPoint is the brand name on it;

http://www.vupointsolutions.com/DC-ST16-VP.asp

Model

DC-ST16-VP (series)
Image Sensor

100K Pixels CMOS Sensor


16 posted on 04/25/2009 2:54:19 PM PDT by Son House (Make A Bad Situation Worse, Raise Taxes, Increase Government Spending, Thanks Øbama)
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Burns, of course, went on to produce guitars played by such notable musicians as Queen’s Brian May,

???????

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't May always brag about how his guitar, (or at least the one used during Queen's early years), was completely hand built by his own hands in his father's workshop?

Otherwise, what a wonderfully rich nasty harmonic tone that axe had :)

17 posted on 04/25/2009 2:55:01 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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18 posted on 04/25/2009 3:00:28 PM PDT by wastedyears (Iron Maiden's gonna get ya, no matter how far!)
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To: wastedyears

LOL - I can actually HEAR that post ;o)


19 posted on 04/25/2009 3:14:41 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

You can hear a Marshall from a mile away. Especially if it’s mic’d to a 15,000W PA.


20 posted on 04/25/2009 3:23:49 PM PDT by wastedyears (Iron Maiden's gonna get ya, no matter how far!)
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To: wastedyears
My antique amp is the Gibson Skylark similar to this, only not the tremolo feature, garage sale $8, the lady played it in church, the Gibson decal had broke off and I found it in pieces in a baggie stuck in the back of the amp
Sounds great! Pictures, Images and Photos
21 posted on 04/25/2009 3:25:16 PM PDT by Son House (Make A Bad Situation Worse, Raise Taxes, Increase Government Spending, Thanks Øbama)
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To: Son House
Jimi Burns Guitar
Jimi Burns Guitar Pictures, Images and Photos
22 posted on 04/25/2009 3:50:58 PM PDT by Son House (Make A Bad Situation Worse, Raise Taxes, Increase Government Spending, Thanks Øbama)
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To: Son House

Most important player of the Burns IMO was Elvis. His Burns is on display at Graceland. Elvis played it a lot. Ironic, since he access to just about any guitar he could have wanted.


23 posted on 04/25/2009 4:09:28 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Son House
My first guitar 'amplifiers' were a bunch of old tube radios and such picked up at yard sales during the late 60's ... remember they all had that *AUX* RCA-type input? Well, thats where I plugged the darn thing into :)

And what a huge noise those beasts made too(!) ... sometimes I'd daisy chain two or more of 'em and the audio output would become so loaded down that there would actually be a *delay* in what I was playing and what eventually came out of the speakers ... cool stuff for a 9 year old in the 60's :)

Of course I got my fair share of electrical shocks too, but somehow wasn't killed by 'em ... ahhh, those were the days as a kid ..... /laughs

24 posted on 04/25/2009 4:21:28 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Son House

Greatest single live performance in Rock history ... Jimi at Monterey ... otherwise, The Who at Woodstock is a close 2nd :)

25 posted on 04/25/2009 4:30:09 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mr_Moonlight
My first guitar 'amplifiers' were a bunch of old tube radios and such picked up at yard sales during the late 60's ... remember they all had that *AUX* RCA-type input? Well, thats where I plugged the darn thing into :)

LOL! Brings back memories.

I discovered that by plugging into the input of my tape deck, simultaneously pressing 'record', 'play' and 'pause' and cranking the record level, I could get distortion! I had a homemade "stack" consisting of a Teac tape player plugged into a Marantz receiver into a Radio Shack power amp and finally into four Pioneer home stereo speakers. That sucker was LOUD!!!

Those days were a long time ago. Now I've got a proper guitar amplifier.


26 posted on 04/25/2009 5:56:06 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Mr_Moonlight
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't May always brag about how his guitar, (or at least the one used during Queen's early years), was completely hand built by his own hands in his father's workshop?

The first "Red Special" was indeed a father/son project. Since then, May has worked with several manufacturers including Burns (UK) and Guild (USA) in designing commercially available reproductions of his iconic homemade guitar.

27 posted on 04/25/2009 6:53:16 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Liberty Valance

Thanks much for the ping!

I’d have to bet those guitars look better than they play or sound, but I appreciate the historical moment.


28 posted on 04/25/2009 7:28:05 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Mr. Bernanke, have you started working on your book about the second GREATER depression?")
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To: Drew68
In 1968 I made a fuzz by hooking into a Webcor Reel to Reel mic input and doing the same. I had a cheap lipstick pickup DanElectro. Now I play a Les Paul electric and a Taylor 910...and have a propper Delta Blues Fender amp.
29 posted on 04/25/2009 8:06:23 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Speaking of guitar players, the one from Loudness is one of my favorites;

LOUDNESS / StreetWoman / LonelyPlayer / AngelDust
25TH ANNIVERSARY LOUDNESS LIVE AT INTERNATIONAL FORUM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPMsip0QUSU

Loudness - Run For Your Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3zbYtiLzw4


30 posted on 04/25/2009 8:22:48 PM PDT by Son House (Make A Bad Situation Worse, Raise Taxes, Increase Government Spending, Thanks Øbama)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Here's a Hofner 175.
Gotta love that tremelo arm :o)

31 posted on 04/25/2009 8:35:15 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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