This is a beautiful, lightly aged, made in Japan Burny RLC-60 Custom LP in white which has yellowed just a bit into a perfect vintage cream color.
Ebony fretboard with fret edge binding.
Fretless wonder frets with no indentations or major wear. Currently set up with low action and new D’Addario 10s. Neck is a very nice rounded almost ’59 kind of profile. Not thick but not thin, with a great feel.
Best guess is ’83 – ’85? It had stickers on the pickup rings which likely would have said VH-1, so it has to be newer than ’82, but no lightning bolt headstock inlay so won’t be newer than mid-’80s.
If you aren’t familiar with Burny, they are one of the better brands of MIJ clones. Gutiarboretum has moved several and they are fantastic instruments with high-end craftsmanship and extended sustain.
Previous owner replaced a lot of the electronics; some pots, pickups, etc. Guitar has a non-original VH-1 in the neck (taken from an 3-pickup Burny SG) and a Gibson Burstbucker Pro #2 (slightly hotter wind) in the bridge. The soldering wasn’t too pretty but all the joints were gone over and everything works as it should.
The hardware was pretty tarnished, so the bridge and wheels, studs, tailpiece (lightweight aluminum!), strap buttons, and a bunch of screws and the knobs (which are for US pots) were all replaced. The pots are a mash-up of different brands, including CTS.
There are some small discoloration marks and scratches on the back, but very minimal. They might even polish out (see photo). There’s a small dimple between the pickups (see photo). There’s a small (burn?) mark in the binding near the bottom strap pin (see photo). There’s some lacquer blooming or swirl in the headstock, not too bad, but you can see it in bright light (see photo).
Other than that, this is a VERY clean and beautiful example. Straight neck, low action.
1st fret: .853″
12th fret: .980″
Weight: 9.5 lbs / 4.3 kg
Black Gibson hardshell case.
All original hardware that came with the guitar.