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Burny ZB-85 Norio Toshiro Signature T-Bird Bass Guitar Blue Burst Ash, Japan Fernandes


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Up for sale, a Burny ZB-85 Norio Toshiro Signature electric bass guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Crafted in Japan by Fernandes under their Burny banner as a signature model for musician Norio Toshiro, this bass is inspired by the enduringly popular Thunderbird design, with an unambiguous reverse offset ash body. The  Fernandes F.G.I. active humbucker pair channels the natural midrange articulation and note attack of the ash body, with a rich, roaring quality. The sound is full and commanding with plenty of top end clarity and definition. This Burny bass weighs 9lbs 14oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-105 strings, accurate intonation, and comfortable action.

The maple neck has a medium C shaped profile with slight shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .860” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features pearl dot inlay and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets retain their full factory height with plenty of meat, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in every register. The scale length is a full 34”, and the original carved bone nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock features the Burny name inlaid in pearloid, along with a set of gold Gotoh tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with a single Volume knob governing the pair of active F.G.I. humbuckers. The Fernandes bridge has individually adjustable heavy duty saddles, and the gold hardware shows light wear through the gold plating, particularly on the pickup rings and knurled knob. The Transparent Blue Burst finish highlights the grain in the ash body, with a hint of yellowing in the clear coat of the gloss, yielding a slightly greenish hue. Cosmetic wear includes light finish scratches on top, with some deeper scuffs through the finish central to the back and a few minor marks on the body parameter. In contrast, the neck sports a pristine smooth gloss finish on the profile.