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Burns Steer Electric Guitar   

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It has a soundhole but it's not a hollowbody. The solid alder body only sports a couple of small chambers to lighten it and add resonance. The earwig...Click To Read More About This Product

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It has a soundhole but it's not a hollowbody. The solid alder body only sports a couple of small chambers to lighten it and add resonance. The earwig headstock and unique body design bequeath a fabulously funky visual vibe, and the tone is astounding. The bridge humbucker can be tapped for single-coil service. Combined with the single coil up front, it makes this guitar a tonal chameleon, equally at home with rockabilly, hard rock, country, and jazz. The hard rock-maple neck and fretboard are extremely comfortable and fast playing with a 25-1/2" scale and 1-11/16" nut width.

  • Hard rock-maple neck and fingerboard
  • Alder body with acoustic chambers
  • Front single-coil rhythm pickup

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Hard to find but worth it...

By Bones

from Santa Cruz, CA

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This is great for chord banging and rhythm guitar and anyone who is a vocalist and wants to have a noticable electric guitar but keep the acoustic look. The body is actaully smaller than it looks - not much bigger than a Les Paul. It is semi-acoustic, with the body carved out a little in the top and bottom and with a maple cap on top. It has the funky round sound hole - the chrome thing is actaully silvered plastic with black plastic in the sound hole - so you don't actually get to see inside the guitar. It does look like an acoustic but it's sound can range from an almost acoustic sound to a heavy handed electric when you go from the single coil in the neck to the bridge humbucker. I've used it for anything from alt to blues to heavy rock. It's fairly light too since it's semi-hollow. If you are in the market to get something that will turn heads and have people coming up to ask you about your guitar then this is one to keep in mind.
Lot's of sound options. Single coil in the neck is a Burns Tri-Sonic (like on Brian Mays guitar) and the bridge is a beefy Burns humbucker with a coil split switch added on the control panel. There is a single master volume with a tone pot for the bridge and a tone pot for the neck. There is a three way Tele type switch. You can get a lot of tones. The fingerboard is maple with a slick varnish finish so it's fast and smooth. This guitar doesn't have a cutaway body so it is impossible to reach above the 16-17th fret so i gave it a 9 instead of a 10. The only other minor issue I have is that when you select the humbucker bridge pup and the neck single coil pup together they are out of phase so the sound cuts quite a bit and become a little nasil sounding. It's not a full on kind of thing - probably because the humbucker is so strong compared to the single - but for some it may be annoying - the large volume drop. I'm thinking of putting in a phase switch so i can use them either in or out of phase for even more sound options.
Very good quality. The workmanship is great. Mine was an earlier model (I think '07) that was made in Korea but i hear the newer ones are made in China. Mine was bought online from a U.S. retailer that was closing their brick and mortar store so i got it at a reasonable price with the case. From what I've foung out Burn's guitars are now only available in U.K. or Europe - they are no longer available from U.S. retailers so you'll have to look online if you want one. It would be great if they would come back to the U.S. - all the Burn's guitars are unusual and great - Bison, Double-Six(12-string), Marquee - all great and different looking. The Steer is by far the most odd looking one.
This was a pretty good value - especially since it included a case with the Burn's logo in alligator textured grey - and since the Steer is a really hard to find guitar. I've only seen one at my local music store and it was a used one in the less desirable see-thru cherry. I much prefer the green burst (available in cutaway body also) - and there are a few cherry burst cutaways floating around out there. Really hard to find so be prepared to spend a lot of time looking for one but well worth it.

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