Bill Alston

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Welcome to my Burns Guitar web pages

Some of my Guitars Cobra 2013 Shadow 2011 and Marquee 2015

Bought this Bison 62 RI in an unusual colour September 2017 .

I should state at the outset that I have no connection with Burns London Ltd other than a love for their guitars. I am not and never have been employed by anyone involved in the sale or manufacture of musical instruments.

Having developed an interest in these guitars I found on the web a wonderful site by Trevor Midgley and I urge all with an interest in these guitars to visit his site. Unfortunately due to time pressures Trevor stopped updating his site in 2010. The purpose of my site is to continue the work he was doing and provide information on models and updates he hasn't covered. This will be a long ongoing process and will certainly not be complete for some time. Any help you can give by way of corrections or additions is always appreciated. Any questions you have or anything you wish to discuss please E-mail me at

Trevor's website can be found here. Burns Guitars

News April 2017

Per Gjorde author of Pearls and Crazy Diamonds in conjunction with Bill Lovegrove has written a new book the Jim Burns story it is available to pre-order here The Jim Burns Story

Update March 2018
No longer a pre order it is available on order I have read it and it is certainly worth buying.

Burns Guitars have been around since the 50s for a full history I recommend reading Pearls and Crazy Diamonds by Per Gjorde. Burns of London was formed by Barry Gibson in 1992. The idea was to make faithful reprodutions of earlier Burns guitars and add some models and variations remaining faithful to the original design ideas. There appear as far as I can find to be about 60 different models or variations some of which information is hard to come by and some of which are very limited in numbers made. The guitars were made in England, until 1999 when some models were made in Korea then later some in China but still very high quality no matter where they are made. Burns tell me that at the moment over 25% are still made in the UK.
UK Manufacture update Marc Lamaq is making some Burns guitars including Apaches, Marvins and Double 6s. Seems to have started around the Autumn of 2016.
Sept 2017 Marc tells me he has a new project with Burns involving a new concept and 100% UK manufacture.
Some information on Marc's Facebook page Marc Lamaq

This is one made by Marc

What is my guitar worth

I maintain a guide to prices based on auction results, this covers Burns and several other makes.
This can be found on the guitar information section of my main site here: Guitar Information


7th December 2016 Update to Jet Harris Barracuda page, which is accessed via discontinued details page.
10th December 2016 More information on the King Cobra Custom added to Cobra Family page.
Also a one off special built guitar added to the The Marvin page
I have had a fantastic amount of information and help from Bill Lovegrove both by Email and on the Burns guitar forum. I will be updating quite a bit from what he has sent but for now removed a wrong picture from the Marquee page. A big thanks to you Bill.
12th December 2016 Added The Steer Page
20th December 2016 Added The Double Six Page
21st December 2016 The Barracuda added
22nd December 2016 Added the Shadow and The Sonics
23rd December 2016 Updated Bison Page
15th March 2017 Added information on a one off Bison Prototype to the Bison page
18th March 2017 Updated this page with information on UK Manufacture.
June 2017 Some Changes to the Barracuda Special.
Sept 2017 I have added some information on a very special Sonic see sonic page.
Bill Lovegrove has sent be some information on the Vista Sonic see discontinued details pages and some information on Bison R2 and R1 models see Bison pages. Thanks Bill
10th October 2017 Added details of a unique Apache which is for sale see Apache page
February 2018 Added information on a supposed limited edition Cobra and received some great information on the Burns Atlantis from the current owner of No. 1
September 2018
Some information on the changing headstock shape of the Cobra, appears all may not be what we thought see page.