Burny

1989 Burny RLG 90 with case (Very Good)

$1,490.00

Burny Les Paul’s are among the very best to come out of Japan during the “Golden Age” of Japanese guitar building. Burnys were made by Fernandez. This Burny RLG 90 is from 1989 and was their highest grade, non-custom order Les Paul. It is in very good condition or better condition considering its age. This model was equipped with Burny’s top of the line,  highly regarded VH-1 pickups.  And they sound excellent. It also has excellent quality hardware, fret edge binding, MOP fret markers, a beautifully figured top, a dark rosewood fretboard, and aside from one replaced knob and a replaced input jack plate, is all original. I believe it has a bone nut. This guitar shows very little play wear, and the original frets are smooth with no low spots or buzzes. There are very few marks on the body and nothing going through the paint. The guitar is protected by a new, plush Gator Deluxe wood case.

Compared to my vintage 1974 Gibson Les Paul Standard, the Burny exhibits many superior qualities—and sounds at least as good, but different.  Unlike many of the other Japanese builders (Greco and Tokai for example) Fernandez made theri own pickups and hardware. The Burny’s hardware is heavier built and appears milled to higher specifications than on my Gibson. The bridge metal is heavier and the saddle adjustments tighter and more solid. The bridge height adjustment rings are thicker and sit firm, not loose like on my Gibson. Even the tuners on my Burny work better and smoother than the ones on my Gibson. They appear to be a higher gear ratio and tune quickly. The body is a high-quality mahogany that is very resonant unplugged.

The Burny VH-1 pickups have a nice clean sound and are articulate, but sound tighter and more refined than my PAFs at high gain. My readings show 7.9 ohm bridge and 7.95 ohm neck (my 1974 PAF's rated 7.38 ohm).  I play mostly 80’s-90’s style hard rock with clean parts as well), and these pickups are excellent where the PAFs just couldn’t get enough gain for that style of music (or heavier) even through my JCM 800 Marshall. They also work great for blues--they can be clean, but growl when turned up. The neck is modeled on a 1959 Les Paul, so not as thick as a 1957, but thicker than the 60’s slim neck. It’s very comfortable and plays remarkably smooth.

There are some light scratches and swirls on the body and headstock and a couple of little dimples on the back, but very few considering its age. The binding shows a slight separation in a small area, which I photographed. It is hard to notice unless you are looking for it. This guitar did not get a lot of play time in its life. The frets are still original with little wear. One knob has been replaced as has the input jack plate (the originals will be included.) The D string tuner shaft is a little loose and wiggles slightly when there is no string on it.  When it is strung, it is tight. It tunes up and works fine and is only noticeable when you restring the guitar.  The frets have been polished, the fretboard oiled and the action set at a medium-low.

Having played Gibsons for years, I was more than a little surprised by the high quality construction of this Burny. It is an excellent guitar.

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Burny Les Paul’s are among the very best to come out of Japan during the “Golden Age” of Japanese guitar building. Burnys were made by Fernandez. This Burny RLG 90 is from 1989 and was their highest grade, non-custom order Les Paul. It is in very good condition or better condition considering its age. This model was equipped with Burny’s top of the line,  highly regarded VH-1 pickups.  And they sound excellent. It also has excellent quality hardware, fret edge binding, MOP fret markers, a beautifully figured top, a dark rosewood fretboard, and aside from one replaced knob and a replaced input jack plate, is all original. I believe it has a bone nut. This guitar shows very little play wear, and the original frets are smooth with no low spots or buzzes. There are very few marks on the body and nothing going through the paint. The guitar is protected by a new, plush Gator Deluxe wood case.

Compared to my vintage 1974 Gibson Les Paul Standard, the Burny exhibits many superior qualities—and sounds at least as good, but different.  Unlike many of the other Japanese builders (Greco and Tokai for example) Fernandez made theri own pickups and hardware. The Burny’s hardware is heavier built and appears milled to higher specifications than on my Gibson. The bridge metal is heavier and the saddle adjustments tighter and more solid. The bridge height adjustment rings are thicker and sit firm, not loose like on my Gibson. Even the tuners on my Burny work better and smoother than the ones on my Gibson. They appear to be a higher gear ratio and tune quickly. The body is a high-quality mahogany that is very resonant unplugged.

The Burny VH-1 pickups have a nice clean sound and are articulate, but sound tighter and more refined than my PAFs at high gain. My readings show 7.9 ohm bridge and 7.95 ohm neck (my 1974 PAF's rated 7.38 ohm).  I play mostly 80’s-90’s style hard rock with clean parts as well), and these pickups are excellent where the PAFs just couldn’t get enough gain for that style of music (or heavier) even through my JCM 800 Marshall. They also work great for blues--they can be clean, but growl when turned up. The neck is modeled on a 1959 Les Paul, so not as thick as a 1957, but thicker than the 60’s slim neck. It’s very comfortable and plays remarkably smooth.

There are some light scratches and swirls on the body and headstock and a couple of little dimples on the back, but very few considering its age. The binding shows a slight separation in a small area, which I photographed. It is hard to notice unless you are looking for it. This guitar did not get a lot of play time in its life. The frets are still original with little wear. One knob has been replaced as has the input jack plate (the originals will be included.) The D string tuner shaft is a little loose and wiggles slightly when there is no string on it.  When it is strung, it is tight. It tunes up and works fine and is only noticeable when you restring the guitar.  The frets have been polished, the fretboard oiled and the action set at a medium-low.

Having played Gibsons for years, I was more than a little surprised by the high quality construction of this Burny. It is an excellent guitar.

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Weight: 320.00 Ounces
MPN: Burny RLG 90
SKU: DGBurnyRLG90
Warranty: Sold "As-Is." No returns unless product does not match condition.

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