Up for sale, a 1991 Burny Super Grade RLG-60 “‘59 Model” in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced under the umbrella of the Fernandes company in Japan, Burny has long been lauded for making some of the finest “lawsuit” LP instruments, with great adherence to vintage Gibson spec and premium fit and finish work.
Tonewoods include a mahogany body and carved two-piece maple top, paired with a one-piece mahogany neck and bound rosewood fretboard. Weighing 8lbs 13oz, this Burny is quite lightweight for an LP-style instrument, with rich sustain and a lively, detailed overarching quality faithfully captured by the stock pair of VH-1 humbuckers. Known for their nuance, clarity, and dynamic response, the VH-1 design is perfectly suited for bringing out the best in this RLG-60. This Burny has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a long tenon joint and sports a fairly chunky '50s-style C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and ideal heft, particularly meaty in the upper registers, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and 1.035” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid trapezoid inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire is practically perfect, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. 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. The headstock has an “open book” shape with "Super Grade" gold script, and the notably clean Kluson-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. There is some very subtle speckling in the clear coat on the top third of the headstock face.
All of the electronics work as intended, and the VH-1 pickups are wired to the stock harness and governed by a traditional LP-style control array with a three-way pickup selector and dedicated Volume and Tone controls for each humbucker. The original full-size Japanese pots date to April, 1991, and the VH-1 humbuckers retain their small foil stickers on the edges of the pickup rings, mimicking the "PAF" stickers Gibson used on their Tim Shaw humbuckers in the '80s. Additionally, the bridge pickup cavity has a handwritten “RLG” model designation. The ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stopbar have clean nickel plating, as do the pickup covers. Plastics comprise the original quartet of amber bonnet knobs and the one-ply pickguard.
The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish has a gentle burst gradient quite faithful to '50s Gibson examples, with cosmetic wear limited to a scant few minor nicks on the body as a whole, with one finish chip adjacent to the rear control cavity cover, and an area of light buckle rash on the back central to the waist. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss.
A Mahok-branded faux leather green padded gigbag is included.