Up for sale, a circa 1964 Ampeg "Wild Dog" EG-1S Jazz Split Sound model in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and case candy. Made in the UK by Burns and imported under the Ampeg banner in the USA, this model was re-branded for the US market as the Wild Dog EG-1S (retaining the small lucite "Jazz Guitar Split Sound" badge on the headstock, reflective of UK model nomenclature).
Not dissimilar in features and tonal range as Burn's iconic Hank Marvin and Bison models, the Wild Dog's tonewood complement includes a sycamore body, maple neck, and a Brazilian rosewood fretboard. The trio of pickups are governed by a four-way rotary pickup selector that functions as follows:
Split Sound - Bass-side pole pieces on neck pickup + treble-side pole pieces on bridge pickup
Jazz - Neck pickup
Treble - Bridge pickup
Wild Dog - Bridge + Middle pickups, out of phase
The Split Sound setting is utterly unique, with the thick rumble of the wound strings captured by the neck pickup, paired with the high treble chime of the plain strings reproduced by the bridge pickup. The Jazz and Treble settings offer the neck and bridge pickups respectively, for warm woofy growl or sparkling cut. The Wild Dog sound is the spankiest of the bunch, similar to Strat quack but with a bit more oomph. This Ampeg/Burns creation weighs 8lbs 12oz, benefitting from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a soft V-shaped profile carve, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. On the dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the slender fretwire shows no wear, playing cleanly up the 23 3/8" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The fretboard width at the zero fret is 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features the small lucite model badge and nickel-plated tuners that function reliably.
The electronics all function as intended, with untouched solder and a unique wiring harness that features a small pair of transformers. The chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, and the original pickguard is practically perfect with etched graphics. Unique among vibrato designs of the era, this unit has a very smooth response with ideal resistance and a ton of control, complete with the original arm.
The Red Sunburst gloss finish has diffused significantly on the face of the instrument, while the back retains a more ruddy shade. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few scattered pinhead-sized marks on top, similar nicks and light buckle wear on the back, and sparingly little additional wear on the instrument on the whole. The neck profile gloss is extremely smooth, with a couple small finish chips on the headstock edges.
The original hardshell case is included, covered in the same blue diamond tolex as Ampeg's amps of the era. The small Burns London adjustment keys pouch is included along with the original tools.