~1982 Burny RLG-60/70 Super Grade in Tobacco Sunburst.
Nice plain top, some flecks, mineral streaks here and there, nice grain; fret edge binding and open book headstock. 2-piece top.
May be a single piece back, can’t see a seam.
Guitar sounds fantastic and plays great. If you know Burny, this is a great example of an RLG. The sound is vintage, clear and bell-like. The finish is fantastic. The tobacco is not a black to brown, it’s Oxblood to brown. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Tried to capture the color in the photos; hopefully you can see how nice it is.
It doesn’t appear to be a VH-1 guitar, so should be pre-1983. It was previously sold as a 1982 but it’s been so modified it’s hard to say at this point. No serial number on guitar or pickups (see more info about electronics below). It plays great, can be set up with absurdly low action with small amount of buzz that doesn’t come through the amp, but currently set up for very low action with no buzz. Truss rod works.
Nice neck, a little slimmer, more of a ’60s profile. Plays great, feels fantastic in hand, but is a player’s guitar for sure. Guitarboretum loves Burny guitars and compare them very favorably to Grecos, Tokais and Gibsons.
Guitar has some nicks, dings, scratches, worming on back and general play wear but nothing major; no binding issues, only a few small damage marks through the finish, and a small finish break in the lacquer on the headstock from when the previous owner changed the tuners. The biggest ding is down at the base of the body.
Previous owner mounted new waffleback tuners, new knobs, pretty sure new pickup rings, etc. Some of the rustier and more corroded bits have been replaced. Tuners and most original electronics (pots, etc.) were not provided. Bridge probably not original; has brass saddles.
Some pots and capacitors (one Orange Drop) have been replaced. Currently has original Burny pickups installed and sounds great.
Bridge is zebra, maybe the neck too. The covers are pretty corroded/oxidised and green. Bridge cover was left off, as it was received, since the bridge cover is a lot worse than the neck.
Nut Width: 1.68″
1st Fret: .825″
12th Fret: .900″
Weight: 9.365 lbs / 4.25 kg
Padded gig bag.
All original hardware that came with the guitar.