Marvin's Use Of The Burns' Double Six

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Marvin's Use Of The Burns' Double Six

Postby (admin) » Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:32 am

It is well known that Hank Marvin worked with Jim Burns in the design of what would become the Burns' Marvin six string guitar. Shortly before its release, however, Burns added the Burns' "Double Six" twelve string to their guitar line. It came in white and green finishes with the white being more appealing in my view.

From the Burns' Site
Double Six /64

The guitar to a large extent responsible for the British sound of the sixties. Used by The Searchers, Shadows, Troggs, as well as most other UK bands. It was also a favourite of Elvis'. Essentially, the guitar was a 12-string Marvin with TriSonic pick-ups and a simpler bridge. (1964-65).


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For the Marvin historians, on what recordings did Hank use the Marvin Double Six?
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Re: Marvin's Use Of The Burns' Double Six

Postby (somebodyelseuk) » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:12 pm

I know it's on 'Don't Talk To Him' & 'On The Beach' with Sir Cliff and it and/or the Barracuda are on 'Place In The Sun', 'Maroc 7' & 'Warlord' and there's a tune on Rockin With Curly Leads that sounds like it might be the Barracuda, as well. There is the story that ALL the Burns guitars were stolen in the early 70s, though I believe Bruce Welsh still has his original Burns guitars, so I tend to think it was just Hank's that went, so it is possible, and it sounds to me like there is a Burns on a couple of tracks on that album.
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Re: Marvin's Use Of The Burns' Double Six

Postby (Ratam) » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:35 am

admin wrote: Burns added the Burns' "Double Six" twelve string to their guitar line.

Thanks to that action we have them now.
admin wrote: It came in white and green finishes with the white being more appealing in my view.

True. The green one was less selling as far as the Internet says
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Re: Marvin's Use Of The Burns' Double Six

Postby (Tele295) » Wed May 20, 2020 3:52 pm

Elvis had the green Double Six. It was still on display at Graceland when I was there last.
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Re: Marvin's Use Of The Burns' Double Six

Postby (jps) » Wed May 20, 2020 10:18 pm

Tele295 wrote:Elvis had the green Double Six. It was still on display at Graceland when I was there last.

Wow! The last post in this thread was over eight years ago. :mrgreen:
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