Burny guitars

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Burny guitar Burny is a range of Gibson replica guitars produced by Fernandes Guitars. Fernandes was established in 1969 in Japan. The Burny brand was used for the Gibson replicas and the Fernandes brand was used for the Fender replicas. At first Fernandes made acoustic guitars and around 1971-72 also started making electric guitars. The Burny Les Paul models first appeared in the mid 1970's. Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols has used Burny guitars as has Hideto Matsumoto from X Japan, Robert Fripp of King Crimson, Steve Hackett of Genesis, Billie Joe of Green Day and Duff McKagan in his side-project Loaded.

The higher end Burny guitars have fret edge binding and most models were finished with a thin polyurethane finish with only a few high end models having nitrocellulose lacquer finishes. The FLG-240, FLG-150, FLG-90 Les Paul models and the FSA-80 Semi Acoustic model were made by Terada from 1980-1981 and the RLG-150, RLG-120, RLG-90 models were made by Matsumoku from 1982-1986. Some Burny guitars from the 1970s/1980s had a tenon and dowel neck joint similar to what was used on some Greco guitars. Some Burny guitars from the 1980's had a Matsumoku bolt tenon that was also used on many Matsumoku made Aria guitars.

The early Burny Les Paul models had a "Les Paul model" logo on the headstock which was later changed to a "Super Grade model" logo in 1981. The FLG-XX Burny models are from the mid 1970's to the early 1980's and the RLG-XX Burny models are from the early 1980s onwards. Burny have made signature models such as the Randy Rhoads LC-70RR with VH-1 pickups and fret edge binding. Fernandes have also made acoustic guitars using the Fernandes and Burny brand names. Fernandes currently has guitars made in Japan, Korea and China. Fernandes does not have their own guitar manufacturing factories and rely on OEM guitar manufacturers to make guitars for them.

The Japanese Burny solid body models were made by Terada in the 1970s and then by To-kai in the late 1970s and then by Terada (FLG models) in the early 1980s and then by Matsumoku (most RLG models) and FujiGen (most RLC models) from the early 1980s up until the late 1980s and then by FujiGen from the early 1990's to the mid 1990s and currently by Tokai. FujiGen were not making many set neck guitars in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Tokai currently make the Japanese made Burny guitars. Atlansia have supplied body and neck parts for Fernandes/Burny and Santai have also worked with Fernandes. Fernandes/Burny Japanese Acoustics up till 1982 were made by Hayashi Gakki and from 1982 by Headway. Chinese Burnys are currently made by Yako (Taiwan).