Skip to comments.Rare Collection of Supersound Guitars Found in British Basement, British Jim Burns, Alan Wootton
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 Queens 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 whod originally purchased the instruments from Woottons 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 Mackenzies plans for the rare instruments.
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...
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.
Hey, that’s what i was going to say. really cool.
*Cool guitars ping*
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.
Does your friend also take photos of UFOs?
*more guitar pings*
I’ll try that later tonight, actually, my Father donated it to me, VuPoint is the brand name on it;
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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 :)
LOL - I can actually HEAR that post ;o)
You can hear a Marshall from a mile away. Especially if it’s mic’d to a 15,000W PA.
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.
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
Greatest single live performance in Rock history ... Jimi at Monterey ... otherwise, The Who at Woodstock is a close 2nd :)
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.
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.
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.
Speaking of guitar players, the one from Loudness is one of my favorites;
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Here's a Hofner 175.
Gotta love that tremelo arm :o)
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