CHAPTER VII. HISTORY: FERNANDES AND BURNY
Fernandes Guitars began in Japan in 1969 building Flamenco guitars. The company was founded in 1969 as Saito Musical Instruments and registered as FERNANDES in 1972. Mr. Saito asked Mr. Hidesato Shiino to develop the FERNANDES electric guitars line in the early 1970’s. As the company flourished, it expanded production to include more acoustic guitars, electric guitars, basses, amplifiers and accessories to become the biggest guitar manufacturer in Japan.
FERNANDES also owns a brand for Gibson replicas: BURNY. The first BURNYs were SG´s, Firebirds and Juniors/specials (1973). From 1973-74 (Traditional “Fernandes” Logo) to 1977 (Spaghetti “Fernandes” Logo) the Strats were produced by Kawai Gakki. The first BURNYs were produced by Terada.
In 1975, FERNANDES introduced copies of the Gibson Les Paul Standard and Custom. They utilized the solid mahogany back and 2 pieces top of the Gibson and closely matched the set-neck construction of the Gibson originals.
Probably, in 75-76, FERNANDES began to discuss with Tokai Gakki in order to start the OEM production. In 1978 FERNANDES started the new logo mark guitars, called Stone. From 1978 to 1981 (Stone Logo) the Strats were produced by Tokai. Tokai used very good wood materials for this OEM contract.