Vintage Burns Nu-Sonic Bass Cherry 1964


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What makes this bass special: This fabulous short scale, solid body bass was made in England & has some interesting historical significance. In Andy Babiuk's 'Beatles Gear' book, George Harrison used a Burns Nu-Sonic Bass during the Paperback Writer sessions & quite likely played the bassline to Taxman on a Nu-Sonic. This exquisite piece is super light weight thanks to the obeche body & the short scale neck makes it a dream to play for guitarists. But the real magic lies in the pair of Nu-Sonic single coils that kick out dynamite, true vintage tone you can only get from the real deal. Professionally inspected & set up by the experts at Cream City Music, so it's ready for action straight out of the case.

Cosmetic Condition: Good honest play wear with an authentic vintage vibe - various minor nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather checking & some mild finish wear. The trans cherry finish has aged wonderfully over the years & faded into more of an orange color. Overall the bass has a great look to it with a beautiful patina.

Neck: Soft V-shaped flame maple neck with beautiful Brazilian rosewood fingerboard & cream dot inlays. Frets are in great shape with hardly any wear. The music store from which the bass was originallysold still has the decal on the front of the headstock. Closed back tuners are in good working condition. 1 9/16" nut width with zero fret; 30" scale length. Neck is straight & truss rod functions.

Body: Solid obeche body with two-ply black pickguard. Underneath the pickguard is a sticker with the date July 9, 1964. Top-loading bridge with a single adjustable bar. Bass weighs 5 lbs 14.2 oz.

Electronics: Burns Nu-Sonic single coil bass pickups. Dual volume & master tone controls with 3-way toggle switch. All electronics are in good working condition.

Case: Vintage hardshell case included. The case doesn't appear to be original & looks like it may have belonged to a Goya. However, it works well with the overall style of the Nu-Sonic.