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1978 Burny FFB-150 Master Hand Firebird Vintage Neck Through Guitar Sunburst w/ Case, Fernandes Japan


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Up for sale, a 1978 Burny FFB-150 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and owner’s manual. A particularly rare, top-tier Burny-branded instrument manufactured by Fernandes in Japan as part of the limited release Master Hand series, this guitar is an exceptionally well-crafted iteration of the Firebird V platform, featuring mahogany neck-through construction as seen on original 1963-64 Gibson reverse body models. This Burny is a Master Hand Type I “Special Hand” instrument, meaning it had to be custom ordered and took three months to be completed.

The mahogany neck-through construction with mahogany body wings is a notably rare, upscale feature for a Japanese "lawsuit" Firebird, yielding tons of natural sustain, with the warm, rich midrange response inherent to mahogany as a tonewood. The mini humbuckers are wound nice and hot, while still being firmly in the "vintage" camp tonally, metering at 8.8k ohms and delivering a broad tonal range with dense harmonics. The humbuckers have great treble cut and growl, with a thick lower midrange and taut, punchy lows. This FFB-150 weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The three-piece mahogany neck has a substantial soft V-shaped profile carve with good shoulders, gaining more heft and roundness in the upper registers, measuring .870” deep at the 1st fret and 1.010” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark cut with pearloid trapezoid inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire benefits from a level and crown, exhibiting no wear. The serial number stamped on the fretboard beyond the 21st fret. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the original nickel-plated banjo tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. There are a few tiny dings on the back of the headstock.

All of the electronics function as intended, with independent pairs of Volume and Tone controls for each pickup, and the harness has untouched solder joints. Hardware includes the original stopbar and a vintage Japan-made Tune-o-Matic bridge. Plastics comprise the quartet of gold reflector knobs and three-ply pickguard.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Sunburst finish is limited to a scant few tiny nicks and faint scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the body perimeter. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with the Fernandes manual.