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)

 

AMPEG (1963-64)

 

Burns guitars were marketed in America under the 'AMPEG' name during 1963 and 1964.

 

Crescendo August 1962

Crescendo Magazine, August 1962

 

The Jazz Split Sound Guitar and Vista Sonic Bass were renamed the 'Wild Dog' and 'Wild Dog Bass', while the Split Sonic became the 'Wild Dog Deluxe'. The TR2 was renamed the 'Thinline', and the Nu-Sonic the 'Sonic 6', although confusingly the engraved name-plates retained the UK nomenclature!

 

 

 

1963 AMPEG 'Wild Dog' aka Jazz Split Sound Guitar

Serial No. 1986

...and another example...

...and another

 

 

and later examples with rectangular tuners, Series 2 open saddles:

 

1964 Ampeg Wild Dog

 

 

 

 

 

1964 Ampeg Wild Dog

Serial No 3882

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964 AMPEG 'Thinline' (aka TR-2) Blonde

Serial No. 4902

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1964 AMPEG Sonic 6 (aka Nu-Sonic) Guitar

Serial No. 7950