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BURNS-WEILL (1959) - OTHER BURNS & RELATED (1958-1992)
The Deluxe model was initially a continuation of the original 1959 Burns-Weill Fenton model, but with closed-back plastic-buttoned Van Gent tuners. Original retail price was £39-14-6d. Soon the body gained an upper cutaway, and shortly thereafter the pickguard was elongated at the bass horn to suit the new body shape. With the next revision the bass horn became sculpted back into a point, and finally the Jack Socket migrated from the side to the pickguard (red example below was later non-factory relocation to pickguard). Ultimately supplaced by the Hohner models in 1961.
Henry Weill says in a 1977 interview with Paul Day that these early guitars were made in small batches: "Originally we made 3 guitars, 2 guitars, perhaps half-a-dozen guitars. But the thing that was important to us (as a company), and which enabled us to develop; not to see mass-production, but larger runs, was... (to get) orders from people lke Hohner. Well, this was something we used to do; We used to make up a sample of something, take it to somebody like Hohner and say: 'How would you like us to make you a hundred of those, and you can have the design exclusive?', you know?
1960 Deluxe Guitar
batwing-shaped Plectrum Guard
Internally, the body and pickguard of this Deluxe are marked '4'.
Contoured Mahogany Body and 'Blown-in' Black finish on 24 1/2" scale length Set-Neck.
Original Height-adjustable Ebony Bridge and folded metal tailpiece
Uniquely-shaped 'bat-wing' Secondary Pickguard, unlike those on other known Deluxes.
Teardrop-shaped Van Gent tuners with plastic 'rugby ball' buttons
Another c.1960 Deluxe with the unusal Batwing-shaped secondary pickguard.
(probably partially refinished prior to 1978)
Guy Mackenzie's Example:
Pat Bryan's example, short bass horn?:
Pat Bryan's c.1961? Vibrato-equipped example:
Black example with added Rangemaster vibrato unit
Some other examples:
Another 1960 Deluxe with stripped finish, replacement knobs, pickguard, and added Rangemaster vibrato unit
A black example, with unusual fittings and tremolo, probably a refinshed restoration project judging by blank headstock badge, and metal buttoned van ghent tuners
1960 Deluxe Bass
An early example with the shorter pickguard bass horn
Another shaded dark red example:
Another example with contrasting coloured knobs:
Besson Advert c.1960