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 replica 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.
The Burny Les Paul models were given the name “Super Grade” instead of “Les Paul.” The Burny Super Grade Les Pauls from the late 80s to early 90s are often regarded by many professionals as some of the best clones of the original 50’s Les Pauls.
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. The bell-shape cover with a thin white band and ridges sticking out from the side are found on mid-1980s to early 1990’s models. That is the case with this guitar.
The higher priced Burny electric guitars had VH-1 Gibson PAF style pickups installed from 1985 onward. The early VH-1 pickups, starting in 1983 (installed in Burnys from 1985 to 1987) are approximately 7.5 kΩ DC resistance, are handwound, and have alnico magnets. The VH-1 pickups from 1987 onward are approximately 8.2 kΩ DC resistance, have ceramic magnets, and are not wax potted.
The pickups on this Burny Super Grade clock in at 8.0 and 8.2 and we believe they are the sought after later VH-1 models.
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. These Japanese “lawsuit” style models are getting harder to find nowadays, and are becoming collectable in their own right.
This one weighs in on the heavy side at 10.8 lbs, but the payback is in the seriously tough tone this guitar puts out. Obviously not chambered, it is all solid wood, but the sound is accordingly big.
This is a superb homage guitar from Burny. This Super Grade dating from the late 1980s to early 90s is a pre-serial number model with a lovely bright burst finish on the bookmatched maple cap. One piece mahogany body with set-in neck, and typical Les Paul layout with high quality hardware. It is in excellent overall condition with only a few small marks here and there, but nothing significant.
Comes with a basic gig bag is serviceable condition.