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1980s Burny RLC-60 Custom Black Beauty Vintage Electric Guitar, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1980s Burny RLC-60 LP Custom Black Beauty in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan under the umbrella of the Fernandez company, Burny has long been celebrated for producing some of the most impressive "lawsuit era" Customs on the market. Tonewoods include a solid mahogany body, carved maple top and a mahogany neck capped with an ebonized rosewood fretboard.

At 9lbs 15oz, this Burny dishes out plenty of sustain and sonic authority, qualities faithfully translated by the pickup complement. The stock neck pickup is one of Burny’s VH-3 humbuckers, metering at 8k ohms, capturing the natural power and tonal complexity of the instrument with plenty of warmth. The bridge pickup has been replaced with a higher output humbucker, metering at 11k ohms. It’s bright and aggressive, with a full midrange, taking gain notably well. This Burny has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a modestly chunky C-shaped profile carve at the nut, gaining a hair more heft further up the fretboard, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has a 12” radius and features pearloid block inlays and fret-edge binding with flawless medium jumbo fretwire (ostensibly dressed in the instrument's lifetime). This Burny plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock is framed in multi-ply binding, featuring split diamond inlay and a two-ply truss rod cover, clues that help date this guitar to early ‘80s Burny/Fernandes production. The stock Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with consistent patina across their gold-plated tulip buttons and housings.

On the body, all of the electronics work as intended, with full-size Japanese pots and green chiclet tone caps. The pickups are governed by the traditional LP control array, with a three-way pickup selector switch and dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each humbucker. The gold hardware includes the ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar, with notable patina through the plating on the treble side of the bridge. Plastics comprise a replacement quartet of gold speed knobs and the original pickup rings, switch surround, and amber switch tip.

The gloss Ebony finish is framed by multi-ply cream binding, and cosmetic wear includes some finish scratches and small dings on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean with the exception of a couple shallow marks that don't distract the palm while fretting.

A brown faux leather gigbag is included.