Rare Guitars Found in Basement After 50 Years

Saturday, April 18, 2009| by Will Chen

An extremely rare group of 12 historic Burns London Supersound guitars was found in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire UK after spending 50 years in a basement. The original owner bought them from the son of Alan Wootten who designed the guitars with Jim Burns. The historically important near mint  guitars were purchased by Guy Mackenzie who referred to the acquisition as the "holy grail" of his collection.

Jim Burns is considered by many to be the "British Leo Fender" due to his unique design concepts and affordability versus costlier American imports. Burns London has changed ownership a number of times since it's inception in 1960 until 1983 when the brand was temporally retired.  The brand was resurrected in 1992 and has since offered reissues of many of the classic Burns London designs in addition to a replica of Brian May's Red Special guitar.

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