I have recently been given a Burns short scale jazz guitar made sometime between 62 and 65 i believe. Its similar in appearance to a strat and has 2 single coil burns pickups, pretty good condition for its age however its only really capable of a jazz or early rock n roll style tone. Anyway i was wondering does anyone know how much one of these is worth nowadays? Also would it be possible to modify it to create a better sound for metal and hard rock or would it be a waste of money?

If anyone can answer these questions i would be very grateful, thanks.
Do NOT modify a vintage 1960's Burns guitar! There are collectors who lust after them. I can't tell you how much it is worth - Burns guitars didn't often make it across the Atlantic, so they are uncommon in the U.S.A. Get a copy of Fjestad's Blue Book of Guitar Values. It will have the most up-to-date information on the market value of your guitar.

Burns guitars were quality instruments and very popular with a lot of U.K. musicians back in the 60's. You may have quite a find on your hands.
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would it be possible to modify it to create a better sound for metal and hard rock

with a vintage Burns?! that's so wrong it should be illegal
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Last edited by Redstar5wp at May 30, 2010,
^This. I think it's the Burns Bison Jazz Split Sound.

Look here - http://www.trevormidgley.com/BurnsGuitars/Timeline.html

If you mod that I will shoot you.
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Why not give Burns Guitars in London a call or an e-mail and see what they can tell you?


That thing is indeed a blast from the past. The condition looks great, too. You will burn in hell if you modify it.
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