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)

 

 

SHERGOLD 1975-1982 (-1992)

 

Pretty much anything you might want to know about Shergold Guitars is lovingly archived at Andrew Mannering's Shergold Guitars website and it's associated forum, but presented here are a few additional pieces of research and reference material.

 

 

Shergold Masquerader Timeline 1975-1980

 

Specs Upon Introduction:

 

Nailed-on Perspex Headstock Name-Badge (originally covering ex-Hayman logo hole)

Truss-rod cover carrying serial number by neck plate

Hayman design bridge

2-hole Pickup Mounts

Japanese Tuners

 

 

Observed Chronological Spec. Changes:

 

Curvy Head: 3101 Nov 75 - 3217 Mar 76 ( and also 3251, 3268, 3341)


Spade Head: 3216 Mar 76 - 3432 Aug 76


Shergold Own-Design Bridge, with single-ended intonation screws: 3489 Nov 76


Shaller Tuners: 7001 Aug 76 - 7102 Feb 77


CUSTOM added: 7140 Mar 77 - 7328 July 77


3-Hole Pickup Mount: 7347 July 77 - 7517 Oct 77


Small Pickguard, (non-standard Small Tuner Buttons): 7588 Dec 77 - 7659 Jan 78

 

Intonation Screws Double-ended: 7659 Jan 78 - 7994 Sept 78


Truss Rod Cover at Head: 9001 Sept 78 - 9453 Sept 79 (still nail-on badge)


Headstock Badge Sticker: 9497 Sept 79  -  9738 Sept 80

 

 

 

 

December 1976 GUITAR MAGAZINE feature:

 

Shergold Guitar magzine feature Dec 1976

 

Shergold Guitar magzine feature Dec 1976

 

Shergold Guitar magzine feature Dec 1976

 

Shergold Guitar magzine feature Dec 1976

 

 

Shergold Workshop 1984:

 

 

 

c. 1979 SHERGOLD Modulator

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

Shergold Modulator guitar

 

 

 

1980 SHEROLD Activator

Serial Number 59280

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Visit to the Shergold factory, 19th Dec 1987

Shergold Woodcrafts Factory Door

 

Jack Golder, 1987

 

Keith Westell

 

Keith setting-up my Custom Masquerader

 

Shergold 'Burns' models

Produced via private arrangement, circa 1980s:

 

 

The Rapiers, Guitarist Magazine, October 1986

 

 

Two Dot Octave, truss-rod at body end, laminate body

 

Triple Dot Octaves, large Scrolls, mix of trussrod styles

 

Two dot 12th fret, Four same sized High Dots, 'urns' not filled in on Rezotube plate

 

Triple dot octave, High Dots same size, 'urns' not filled in on Rezotube plate

 

Large Scrolls, Triple dot octave, High Dots same size, 'urns' not filled in on Rezotube plate

 

 

 

Young-looking KW, Two-dot Marvin without Trussrod cover:

 

Two-dot Pus-Burst Marvin, White 'S' Trussrod cover, 21 frets but 4 dots above octave?

 

Keith Wastel setting up a Marvin Reproduction, mid-late 1980s:

 

 

 

 

 

High dots smaller:

 

Custom Bison with red dot inlays

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serial Number 3733

Small Scroll, Headstock Trussrod cover, Hollow 'urns'

 

 

 

 

Serial Number 3925,

Large Scroll, Triple octave dots, Headstock Trussrod cover, Milled Saddles, Hollow 'urns'

 

 

 

 

Serial Number 3945

Small Scroll, Triple octave dots, Bodyjoin Trussrod adjuster, Milled Saddles, Hollow 'urns'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"One of 22 made in 1992", internet claim?

 

 

Jack Golder Marvin with original '64/'65 pickups:

 

 

 

Serial Number 1152

Small Scroll, Triple octave dots, Body-end Trussrod adjuster.

Exclusive(!) Rounded corner to pickguard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1991 SHERGOLD 'Limited Edition' Masquerader 12-String

 

 

Review from Guitarist Magazine, September 1991

 

1992 Shergold Black Bison '64 Custom

Serial No 3939 (Original owner born in 1939)

Believed to be the last guitar Jack Golder made.

Ordered April 1991. Final invoice in January 1992

Small scroll, Hollow 'urns', Upper-Octave dots are smaller

 

Final Bison

 

 

Leftover Burns Replica Bodies and Necks

Unfinished Bison and Marvin bodies:

 

Unused Bison necks:

 

Unused Marvin necks: