This is a lovely Burny RSA-100, which is Fernandes Japan’s version of an early 60s Gibson ES-335. It is a high grade model - the top and back are three ply maple-mahogany-maple in beautifully figured maple, with a vintage cherry lacquer finish.
The centre block on this model is maple, the three piece neck has a rosewood fretboard with mother of pearl dot inlays and a bone nut. Like the Gibson originals, this guitar has a Kluson style vintage tuners, a Tune-O-Matic style bridge and a stop tail piece, all with nickel finish. And just like the Gibson model it emulates, it features fret edge binding which is something found only on Burny’s top end models.
This model was originally priced at 100,000 yen back in the mid 80s, reflecting its high quality build.
Over the years Burny used a number of manufacturers to build their guitars. We believe this one was built by Matsumoku around 1986. 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.
This guitar appears to be all original and is in excellent overall condition. As this guitar is over 30 years old, it has its share of nicks, scratches, dings & dents as one would expect, but nothing too offensive. Original frets are in good condition with lots of life left. Neck profile is similar to Gibson’s “slim 60s” taper. It is still a good solid feeling neck, but certainly on the slim side of medium.
Bottom line is that is a great guitar to play, with a set of strong, complex sounding pickups which deliver the woody and airy tone expected from a guitar of this design. Essentially it is a really nice, high end vintage Japanese 335 which should satisfy the needs of a musician looking for tone and quality without paying the big bucks.
Comes in an Epiphone hard shell case in new condition.