Burny is a sub-brand of the Fernandes Guitars company which was established in Japan in 1969. Its Burny brand was used for the Gibson replica guitars while the Fernandes brand was used for their Fender style guitars.
Fernandes started making electric guitars around 1971 or 1972. The Burny Les Paul models first appeared in the mid-1970s. Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols has used Burny guitars as has Mike Clark of Suicidal Tendencies, Robert Fripp of King Crimson, Steve Hackett of Genesis, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Duff McKagan in his side project Loaded.
Fernandes/Burny first started cloning Fender and Gibson guitars in the late 1970s and continued through the mid-1980’s, until Fender and Gibson threatened to sue them for trademark infringement. At that point, Burny changed their truss rod cover shape and other small details to appease Gibson.
A Burny from this era can be loosely dated by looking at the truss rod cover. The Gibson bell-shaped covers are found on 1970’s to early 1980’s models. That is the case with this guitar. We believe this guitar is a Burny RLC 60 from 1982. And Burny Les Pauls from the early 80s are regarded by many professionals as some of the best clones of the original Gibsons ever made.
The higher priced Burny electric guitars from this era featured the well regarded L8000 humbucking pickups, and again, that is the case here. These pickups clock in at 7.8 and 7.9 K
Other nice inclusions are the large, full size potentiometers, green caps and high quality wirng not often found on some Japanese clone guitars.
Solid mahogany back
A one piece mahogany neck
Two piece solid centred maple top
Triple binding to top and back
Quality Gotoh tulip tuners
Rectangular pearloid markers
Thin poly finish
Gold plated hardware
Fret edge binding
High quality L8000 pickups
Correct headstock and neck angle
Weight is 8.4 lbs
The higher end Burny guitars have fret edge binding and most models were finished with a thin polyurethane finish, which is also the case with this particular guitar.
This Burny LP weighs in at 8.4 lbs, which is relatively light for an all solid, non chambered guitar of this design. But it has the seriously tough tone more often associated with a way heavier guitar.
This is a superb homage guitar from Burny. This LP Custom dating from the early 1980s is a pre-serial number model with a deep polished Ebony finish in great condition.
It features a solid mahogany body with set-in neck, and typical Les Paul layout with high quality gold hardware. It is in excellent overall condition with only a few small marks here and there, and nothing significant except a long scratch in the finish on the back. Apart from that there are few other signs of wear & tear on this 37 year old guitar.
The original medium frets are in great shape, the tuners are solid, the neck is straight with a comfortable medium C profile, similar to a 1960 Les Paul or R-0 reissue.
These Japanese “lawsuit” style models are getting harder to find nowadays, and are becoming very collectable in their own right.
We have sold quite a few Les Paul Customs here at PREMIER GUITARS, and we think you could put this guitar up on a blind test against many of those and it would do more than hold its own.
Comes with its original hard case in good condition.