Bass of the Week: Burns Nu-Sonic

Burns Guitars Nu-Sonic Bass

Originally introduced in 1964, the Burns Nu-Sonic was the follow-up to the original Burns bass design. Famously, the Nu-Sonic was used by George Harrison of the Beatles to record the bass line to “Rain”.

The company reissued the Nu-Sonic after the brand was reintroduced in 1992. The short-scale bolt-on bass is built with a basswood body with a maple veneer, maple neck and Indian rosewood fingerboard. It’s neck is relatively slim, allowing for easier, faster playing.

The Nu-Sonic is equipped with a pair of Burns’s pickups with controls set up Volume/Volume/Tone in addition to a three-way pickup selector.

The Burns Nu-Sonic retails for about £799 (approx. $1,276 USD). For more info, check out the Burns Guitars website.

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Burns Nu-Sonic Bass Specs:

  • Short Scale: 30?
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Frets: 21
  • Pickups: 2 x Nu-Sonic bass
  • Controls: 2 x volume and one tone
  • 3 way pickup selector
  • Nut width: 42mm
  • Bridge: top loading
  • Weight: 7.7 pounds
  • Finish: Polyester Cherry Red

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  1. 1200.00 for a bass made in China? WOW!

  2. I have it’s predecessor, the Sonic.It’s nice having a 1962 YOB bass, but I can’t say I play it much..

  3. Ugly and. AGAIN, expensive. like Rob says, $1200? I would rather buy a Fender Precision Mex on CL for $100 and would probably sound just as good and definately look a HELL of alot better. Sorry, epic fail.

  4. It looks cool and all but yeah its not 1200 dollars cool.

  5. I would not pay that price. Probably will be collectable some day.

  6. I could buy 2 Mexican J-basses and an good used amp for that much.