If you are looking for information to date an old BURNY guitar, you are in the right place. Get some keys to do it.
Old BURNY did not often use serial numbers.
1970s BURNY guitars were probably made by Terada and generally have a YXXXX (Y=year, XXXX=production number) serial number.
BURNY Les Paul Custom FLC-100 (1977). Serial number on the fretboard, The first cypher indicates the production year (7= 1977).
Late 1970s BURNY were probably made by Tokai and have Tokai serial numbers.
In 1979-80, the BURNY Les Pauls Standard (FLGs) have pearl double ring tuners and no script on the headstock.
BURNY Les Paul Standard FLG (1979).
BURNY started to have “Super Grade” on the headstock since 1981. In 1981, the FLGs are called The Revival and have the “Super Grade model” script on the headstock, placed exactly the same place as the Les Paul script on the original Gibson (high script, above the D and G tuners). FERNANDES double ring tuners.
BURNY Les Paul Standard FLG (1981).
The Gibson bell-shaped covers are found on 1970’s to early 1980’s models.
Fernandes Burny Custom
From 1981 to 1991, BURNY guitars were made by Tokai, Fujigen (until early 90s), Kasuga, Matsumoku ( 1982 to 1986) and Dyna Gakki (1987-89).
Regarding the BURNY Les Paul models (RLGs), in 1982-83 the “Super Grade” script is placed a little lower, the “model” is exactly the same high as the G and D tuner.
BURNY Les Paul Standard RLGs (1983, 1988 and 1988).
Up until 1982 the FLGs have serial numbers stamped on the back of the headstock. The first cipher usually gives the manufacturing year. From 1982 until 1985 no serial numbers on the headstock, but some of them have them in the neck pickup cavity.
In 1988-89, the BURNY Les Paul (FLGs) have single ring tuners and low script on the headstock, lower the G and D tuners. From 1985 until 1989 no serial numbers on the FLG guitars.
The bell-shape cover with a thin white band and ridges sticking out from the side are found on mid-1980s to early 1990’s models.
According to some authors not many BURNY guitars were made at the Fujigen factory. In the late 1980s/early 1990s there would have been no Fujigen BURNY guitars because FujiGen stopped most of its set neck production to mainly make bolt on Fender like guitars.
Current Japanese made BURNYs are probably produced by Tokai.
The BURNY acoustic guitars up to 1982 were probably made by Hayashi Gakki and after 1982 by Headway.
To be continued…
JAPTONE has made a compilation of information about BURNY guitars collected from the internet (see below for references), revised and merged to provide you an overall vision on BURNY guitars. Many BURNY guitars have been checked by us for more than a decade. This is the CHAPTER X…HOW TO DATE A BURNY GUITAR.
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