This is a fabulous Burns London reissue of the Hank Marvin Signature electric guitar, a limited edition “The Shadows” model in sexy Fiesta Red. It is in exceptional, near mint condition and in perfect working order. This guitar is complete with the original Burns “crocodile” hard shell case, and all of its original hangtags and case candy.
A faithful reissue of the most collectable and famous Burns model, this Hank Marvin “The Shadows” model boasts premium tonewoods, a trio of alnico magnet single coil pickups, and the elegant “Rez-o-Tube” vibrato unit, which is a thing of beauty both in appearance and functionality. The trio of “Rez-o-Matic” single coil pickups are handwound to original specifications, with plenty of sparkle, twang, and nuance.
This Hank Marvin Signature Burns guitar is number 236 of only 500 made. It is visually stunning, tonally versatile, and practically unplayed!
The one-piece Canadian hard rock maple neck has a smooth gloss finish, and chunky soft V profile down at the nut that rounds out to a full C in the higher registers of the fretboard. The neck is bound, with flawless frets and black dot inlay. The headstock has a carved scroll, with a raised, lucite “Marvin” logo on the face as well as factory installed, USA made Sperzel chrome tuning machines that hold pitch flawlessly, even with heavy use of the vibrato.
In addition to the typical five-way pickup selector switch, this guitar is wired in such a way to offer the player features that most Strat players crave, including access to extra pickup options via a push/pull tone control. This allows for all three pickups to be selected at once, as well as the neck and bridge without the middle pickup.
Additionally, one tone control governs the bridge pickup, while the second tone knob works for both the middle and neck single coils. The Rez-o-Tube vibrato works very smoothly for surfy shimmies and quick warbles, with each string anchored in its own metal tube, and this concept aspires to provide maximum resonance and clarity from the individual strings.
The chrome hardware shows zero wear, and the vibrant Fiesta Red finish harkens back to Marvin’s famous Stratocaster. It is in exceptional condition and it is showroom clean. The only blemish that we can see is some mild tarnishing of a couple of the bridge saddles, which could probably be cleaned up with a little TLC.
The Burns Shadows Custom Edition comes with its own unique hard case finished in a vintage Burns grey crocodile effect fabric. The inside is moulded to fit the guitar body and covered in a deep cushioned steel blue plush cloth.
Scale 25½ ins
Frets 21 (with zero fret)
Body American Alder with locking strap buttons
Neck Bound neck of Maple-capped Canadian Hardrock Maple. (The truss rod is accessed through the body heel-block.)
Headstock Scroll with Sperzel locking machine heads
Colours/Finish Fiesta Red
Scratchplate 3-piece; three-ply mint green
Pickups 3 x handmade Rez-o-Matic (slanted), using USA Alnico magnets
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone (middle & neck p/ups), 1 x Tone (bridge p/up) incorporating push/pull
Selector Five-way Pickup Selector
Bridge Rezo-tube unit. The tailpiece is engraved with The Shadows’ silhouette logo, plus “THE SHADOWS Hank B Marvin Bruce Welch (signatures) Burns London”
Accessories include –
- Hand tooled brown Burns leather strap with Hank Marvin & The Shadows imprints
- Certificate of Authenticity and photo hand-signed and numbered by Hank Marvin & Bruce Welsh
- Serial number 236 of 500 made
- Burns leather pouch containing tool kit
- Burns Cleaning Cloth
- Comprehensive Instruction Manual
- Warranty Card
This instrument presents in as-new condition. It was purchased direct from Burns UK by an experienced collector, and serious Shadows fan. As such, it has been kept in pristine condition, and shows no sign whatsoever of any wear at all.
Comes in its original Burns “grey crocodile” case in new condition