THE GUITARS OF JAMES ORMSTON BURNS

REFERENCE & RESOURCE PAGES:

 

SUPERSOUND (1958) - BURNS-WEILL (1959) - FENTON WEILL (1960-65)

ORMSTON BURNS (1960-1965) - AMPEG (1963-64) - BALDWIN (1965-69)

SHERGOLD WOODCRAFTS (1967-69) - ORMSTON (1968) - HAYMAN (1970-75)

BURNS UK (1973-77) - BURNS ACTUALIZERS (1979-82) - SHERGOLD (1975-92)

 

 

 

HAYMAN 1969-75

 

Ian Feber's collection of Hayman and Shergold guitars and basses

 

The 'Hayman' range comprised the following models:

1010 - 3 pickup solid-body guitar

2020 - 2 pickup thinline guitar

3030 - 2 pickup solid guitar

4040 - Electric Bass

5050 - Thinline Bass

Comet - 1 pickup guitar

White Cloud - 3 pickup guitar

Modular - 2 pickup guitar (prototype?)

 

Guitars feature Re-An single coil 'Super-Flux' units from 1970-73, re-formatted as Humbuckers from 1973-75

Early bodies were of Honduras mahogany, later sycamore or obeche.

Grover machine heads were fitted as standard (except for Comet)

 

Serial Numbers:

 

OCT 1970-FEB 1972

5 digit series, starting '40', ie 40xxx

 

Examples:

40582 - 2020 Rosewood

40774 - 1010 in Old Gold, August 1971

40781, 1010 in Old Gold, August 71

40945 - 3030 with "Super Flux" pickups, 24 January 1972

 

 

FEB 1972-JUNE 1973

4 digits starting with a '5', ie 5xxx

 

Examples:

5144 - 3030 , 30th June 1972

5480 - 4040 bass, 15th March 1973

5602 - 1010 (SuperFlux),  31 May 1973

5707 - 1010 (SuperFlux) (not in ledger, which ends June 73, presumed July 73?

5738 - 1010 (SuperFlux) (not in ledger, which ends June 73, presumed July 73?

 

 

 

JULY 1973-MARCH 1975

7, 8, or 9 digits in the format sss(d)d(m)myy

where s=serial number, d=day, m=month, y=year

 

Examples:

5878973 - 2020 sunburst (SuperFlux), 8 Sept 73

60691173 - 2020 old gold (Superflux), 9 Nov 73

61211173 - 2020 Sunburst (Superflux), 1 Nov 73

61321173 - 2020 black (SuperFlux), 2 Nov 73

6xxxx74 - 2020 black (SuperFlux)

6470374 - 2020 Sunburst (Superflux), 10(?) Mar 74

6479374 - 3030H, 9 Mar 74

6518374 - black 3030H, 8 Mar 74

7125974 - black 5050 bass, 5 Sept 74

7152974 - red 3030H, 2 Sept 74

71691074 - black 3030H, 9 Oct 74

71841074 - Ian Feber 1010H, 4 Oct 74

72381074 - Ian Feber 3030H, 8 Oct 74

733X1X74 - black 1010H,

73441174 - 4040 bass, 4 Nov 74

7549175 - 1010H, 9 Jan 75

7587175 - Ian Feber Modular, 7 Jan 75

7xx3375 - White Cloud, 3 Mar 75

780xx75 - White Cloud

7859375 - black 3030H, 9 Mar 75

7887375 - White Cloud, 7 Mar 75

 

 

 

 

Hayman Guitars overview

Published in "The Burns Book" by Paul Day, 1979:

 

In 1969 Jim Burns joined ex-Vox employee Bob Pearson to develop a new range of HAYMAN guitars for the Dallas Arbiter organisation. Jim had already formulated some ideas for a new design, as had Bob Pearson, who had also been working on a perspex-body guitar with Beatle, John Lennon. The resultant combination of Jim and Bob's ideas produced a range of instruments with several innovative features and distinctive appearance. The guitar styling, suggestive of a Burns 'Vista Sonic' crossed with a Fender 'Telecaster', was still very 'British'. The designs incorporated many characteristics of the earlier Burns models, so retaining a definite 'family likeness'; the woodwork was by Jack Golder, with truss-rod design by Norman Holder. Re-An supplied the fittings while the finish was by Derek Adams, these all being links with the previous Burns and Baldwin instruments. The Hayman range can certainly be classed as 'Burns by another name'. All models were worthy successors to previous Burns instruments, if lacking a little of their predecessor's 'flair' and 'character'.

 

The talented partnership of Jim Burns and Bob Pearson came to an end in September 1971, when Jim decided to leave the Dallas Arbiter company. Bob Pearson continued to develop new ideas and additions to the range, and later versions of the original four models featured the new Re-An humbucker type pick-ups. When Hayman came to an untimely end Bob, Jack Golder and Norman Holder, left 'high and dry' by the Dallas Arbiter collapse, culminating in a Warehouse fire circa Christmas 1974, decided to 'soldier on' and produce their own 'Shergold' instruments

 

 

 

 

The '1010' Guitar (1970-75)



 

1971 HAYMAN 1010

Serial No. 40774 finish is Old Gold, made 13th August 1971 for 'exhibition'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973? Hayman 1010

Serial No. 5707

 

 

1973? Hayman 1010

Serial No. 5738

Hayman 1010

 

Hayman 1010

 

1975 HAYMAN 1010H

Serial No. 7549175

 

 

 

 

 

The '2020' Guitar (1970-73?)



Remarks: Based on a Jim Burns design, this model had a semi-acoustic mahogany body, finished in a matched rosewood or sycamore veneer, with bound edges and 'f' holes. The head-face was ebonised to match the fingerboard. This is a very distinctive instrument, the attractive appearance befitting its position as the 'top-of-the-line' model. Examples are now not as common as others of the range.

 

1973 HAYMAN 2020

Serial No. 5878973

 

 

 

 

 

1973 HAYMAN 2020

Serial No. 61321173

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1973 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

 

1974 HAYMAN 2020

Serial No. 6xxxxx74

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

1974 Hayman 2020 guitar

 

 

 

The '3030' Guitar (1971-75)

 

1972 3030 Guitar

Serial No. 5144, 30th June 1972

 

Hayman 3030 Guitar


Hayman 3030 Guitar


Hayman 3030 Guitar


Hayman 3030 Guitar


Hayman 3030 Guitar

 

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

Serial No. 6518374

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

1974 Hayman 3030H

 

 

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

Serial No. 7152974

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

Serial No. 71691074

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

1974 HAYMAN 3030H

 

 

 

c.1974 HAYMAN 3030H

Hayman 3030H

 

Hayman 3030H

 

Hayman 3030H

 

Hayman 3030H

 


 

 

 

 

March 1975 HAYMAN 3030H

Serial No. 7859375

Completed 9th March 1975. This is one of the very last Hayman guitars to be assembled.

The only higher serial number I have found is 7887375 (which indicates the 788th instrument, dated 7th March 19)75

 

1975 Hayman 3030H

 

1975 Hayman 3030H

 

The body of this guitar contains a 'Vibrosonic Chamber', an untuned sprung wooden box encased in the body behind the bridge area, intended to add a springy sustaining reverberation to the guitar's resonance!

 

1975 Hayman 3030H

 

1975 Hayman 3030H

 

1975 Hayman 3030H

 

1975 Hayman 3030H


 

The '4040' Bass. (1971-75)




Remarks: This model was based on a design by Bob Pearson. The body was of obeche, with 'bolt-on' neck, fitted with Fender-style machine heads. The double-pole, staggered/split pick-ups were also Fender influenced.


 

 

HAYMAN 4040 Bass

Serial No. 5480, 15th March 1973

Hayman 4040 Bass

 

Hayman 4040 Bass

 

Hayman 4040 Bass

 

Hayman 4040 Bass

 

Hayman 4040 Bass

 

Hayman 4040 Bass

 

Hayman 4040 Bass

 

Hayman 4040 Bass

 

The '5050' Bass. (1974-75)

 

 

1975 HAYMAN Modular

Hayman Modular Guitar 1975

 

 

1975 HAYMAN White Cloud

Serial No. 7xx3375

Hayman White Cloud

 

Hayman White Cloud

 

Hayman White Cloud

 

The following supplemental scans are from Andrew Mannering's excellent and authorative Shergold website

 

Early 1970s Hayman Handout

 

 

1974 Hayman Guitars brochure

1974 Hayman Brochure

 

1974 Hayman Brochure

 

1974 Hayman Brochure

 

1974 Hayman Brochure

 

 

1974 HAYMAN Order Form

 

 

"Guitars In The Making" feature, 14th Dec 1974

 

March 1975 "Modular" review

 

The Demise Of Dallas, March 1975

 

Hayman 3030H 12-string and 1010H pictured in a German retrospective from 1984