Up for sale, a 1976 Burny BJ-50 vintage square shoulder dreadnought acoustic guitar in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Manufactured by Hayashi for Fernandes under their Burny brand, the BJ-50 is a stunningly accurate carbon copy of a '70s era Gibson J-45, boasting superb Japanese craftsmanship with the oversight of Yasuo Momose who ran Burny's acoustic division until '77.
Boasting an X-braced spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck capped with a rosewood fingerboard, this Burny has all the essential tonewood ingredients. A big, bold strummer with quintessential square shoulder dreadnought power and punch, the guitar delivers sparkling, sweet-sounding trebles and a bass register that's warm yet not overly boomy. The wound strings are quite focused, and there’s a distinctive percussive cut afforded a body of this size and scale length, as the instrument measures a full 25 1/2" from nut to saddle. Weighing 4lbs 14oz and professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Burny has been dialed in with fresh 12-53 strings and comfortable action.
The neck has a medium C profile carve at the nut with a bit of extra heft and roundness in the higher registers, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 9th. The rosewood fretboard is a nice dark cut of this particular wood with pearloid dot inlay and original Gibson-sized fretwire that shows virtually no wear. The scale length is a full 25 1/2", representing Gibson's longer scale and putting ideal tension on the top. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, hand-carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the Burny gold silkscreen logo faithfully mimics Gibson's text, and the tuners are identical to Grovers in all but name with clean nickel plating and metal tulip buttons.
The Tobacco Sunburst shaded spruce top is framed by multi-ply binding and accented by a very thin transparent tortoise guard, ostensibly of identical material as sourced by Gibson and notably thinner than many of Gibson’s larger guards, allowing the top to resonate more freely. The rosewood bridge sits flush with the top, and the saddle has modest height. The label visible through the soundhole also matches Gibson's '70s shape, text, and layout in every respect, with Yasuo Momose's signature. The heel block also retains a bold model number and serial stamp. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few small dings on top behind the bridge and one line of corresponding finish checking, purely cosmetic in nature. The neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case with aluminum trim and gold interior is included.