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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 1

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled the first three installments for a special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. Before American guitars became obtainable, most guitars supplied to the ’60s “Beat” era players in ... ...

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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 2

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled the first three installments for a special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. James Ormston Burns’ solo foray into the electric-guitar market began at the start of 1960; ... ...

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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 3

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled the first three installments for a special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. The striking Black Bison was Ormston Burns’ flagship instrument, but was expensive and, let’s say, ... ...

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Beat Portraits: Burns Volume 4

In early 2009, VG columnist Peter Stuart Kohman turned his focus on Burns, the pioneering British guitar builder. We’ve compiled installments 4, 5, and 6 for this special edition of VG Overdrive. Watch for the complete history in the upcoming weeks. In Beat-era England, before The Beatles, one band reigned supreme – The Shadows. Starting ... ...

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Manouche Latcho Drom Swing 42

In the galaxy of Gypsy jazz guitars, the Modèle Special Chorus made by Sicilian-born, Parisian-based Antoine Di Mauro was something special. Departing from the standard Selmer grande and petite bouche models, Di Mauro added stylized f-holes for a unique, transatlantic look – as well as a distinctive voice. Today, vintage Special Chorus guitars of the ... ...

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