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1990 Burny Black Beauty Custom RLC-65 Electric Guitar Japan, Fernandes w/ VH-1 PAFs


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Up for sale, a 1990 Burny RLC-65 "Black Beauty" LP Custom electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan under the umbrella of the Fernandez company, Burny has long been lauded for producing some of the most impressive "lawsuit era" Customs on the market. This particular Burny features a solid mahogany body and top like a true '50s Custom paired with a dark, ebonized rosewood fretboard and outfitted with a pair of Burny's lauded VH-1 PAF pickups. The tone is thick and wooly, with plenty of power and sustain from the pair of humbuckers. Known for their nuance, clarity, and dynamic response, the VH-1 design is perfectly suited for bringing out the best in this LP Custom. The guitar weighs 9lbs 6oz with healthy natural punch and ample sustain. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Burny is dialed in with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a full 50s-style C profile carve with ideal chunk, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The bound ebonized rosewood fretboard features block inlay and pristine slender fretwire with fret edge binding. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the nut is a hand-carved piece of bone measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock has a Gibson-esque split diamond pearl inlay along with the Burny logo (often mistaken for "Bunny") as well as gold Gotoh tuning machines with light patina on the metal tulip buttons.

The original electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector toggle and individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The full-size pots date to 1990, and the two tiny "VH-1" stickers are still intact on the humbucker mounting rings (mimicking the "PAF" stickers Gibson used on their humbucker rings advertising their Tim Shaw pickups a few years earlier). All of the gold-plated hardware is original, including the ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar, and plastics include a quartet of black bonnet knobs, an amber switch tip, and the original pickguard. The gloss Ebony finish is framed by multi-ply binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to light scattered nicks and finish scratches on the body as whole. The neck profile sports a clean gloss finish.

A gigbag is included.