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Burny Les Paul Custom (1983?)

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:20 am
by sambo27
Hey I'm a new chap here on the forum, :D

Here's my Burny LP Custom (1983 if I remember correctly :?) bought from Mark/Villager a while ago.

Just wanted to show off and introduce myself basically! :D

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Excuse the bad pictures, and honestly, I have no idea what it's doing on the grass in that last one... (that was courtesy of a numbskull acquaintance of mine! :evil: )


Sam.

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:32 am
by MIJvintage
Welcome to the Tokai Forum Sam :)

Very nice Burny Custom you have there 8)

I'm a huge fan of the Burny Lesters.

Hope you enjoy your time here!

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 11:52 pm
by burnyIII
Hi,
congrats, very nice Burny.
And the (rare) blue color looks rather good, imho. :)
Bye
b.III

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:29 am
by luis
Not a '83 but a last 80's-90's model just see the "different" "diamond" inlay,it?s not an early 80's to me.....Very light finguerboard also I prefer darker ones. I?ve never seen a blue Burny so maybe a refin?

Nice guitar however, I like it.

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:20 am
by sambo27
Thanks guys :)

Yeah Luis the inlay was what has puzzled me a little (as well as the odd blue finish). I'll try and dig out the e-mail Mark sent me and see if it was described as an '83.

Maybe he'll give me some money back if it turns out it isn't. :wink: :lol:


Cheers,

Sam.

Here we go:

Quote from my e-mail:

"And also, is there any form of authentication like a serial number that can 'prove' its what it is?"

Mark's response:

"burnys dont have any ser no's ..you have to rely on my expertise to tell you what it is..but i offer a 1 month exchange if it doesnt suit you...but you
will love it its a cracking guitar, the VH-1's means its a top spec burny
...and the truss cover dates it to 1982/83...
"


Have I been duped? :lol:


I love it anyway so I'm not going to be a vintage-snob and sell it or anything. Tad annoying though. :(

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:17 am
by twinfan
Truss rod covers can be changed very easily, so I wouldn't use them to date ANY guitar.

The headstock inlay is a better dating tool in my opinion.

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:30 am
by sambo27
It did seem odd when I read truss-rods were used to date a guitar. As you say, it's probably one of the easiest parts to change... so... hmm.

But I had very little knowledge of dating e.t.c. at the time I bought it.

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:03 pm
by luis
First all I?m not trying to harm any sale fron any dealer operating here,that?s very far from my intention. Regading this Burny, yes TRC has been changed, the original coming with this guitar is still a bell but with different shape.I had one similar to this but in cherry sunburst and it was a good guitar with a jazzy tone I liked,but I prefer early 80's no doubt....more accurate replicas. Just check for a 3 piece body under a light,if so then the puzzle have been complete.....

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:16 pm
by sambo27
From what I can see the back is only a 2-pc.... ?


Is there anything else that can 100% verify the date?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:36 am
by MIJvintage
sambo27 wrote:Thanks guys :)

Yeah Luis the inlay was what has puzzled me a little (as well as the odd blue finish). I'll try and dig out the e-mail Mark sent me and see if it was described as an '83.

Maybe he'll give me some money back if it turns out it isn't. :wink: :lol:


Cheers,

Sam.

Here we go:

Quote from my e-mail:

"And also, is there any form of authentication like a serial number that can 'prove' its what it is?"

Mark's response:

"burnys dont have any ser no's ..you have to rely on my expertise to tell you what it is..but i offer a 1 month exchange if it doesnt suit you...but you
will love it its a cracking guitar, the VH-1's means its a top spec burny
...and the truss cover dates it to 1982/83...
"


Have I been duped? :lol:


I love it anyway so I'm not going to be a vintage-snob and sell it or anything. Tad annoying though. :(


Many Burnys are difficult to peg a manufacture date on, because so many have no serial number.
Having said that however isn't an excuse for ignorance in the market.
This is a perfect example of WHY members of this forum should gladly loosen up their closely held catalogs, come forth, and share the knowledge of these older guitars that we all love.
Considering the knowledge base we have here, I have seen very little of it demonstrated via sharing of older catalog data.

Let's look at the Burny page by Nils-Bro Muller; linked from villager's web site.
There is no mention of any RLC model until the mid 1980s, and I am confident that the early ones had the correct style head stock inlay.
This really doesn't seem correct because I have seen the earlier 3 pickup model FLG Customs.
So, again the information we all crave is out there somewhere; it's just NOT being shared by the ones that have it :cry:

The example that you have here Sam, I would believe to be at the earliest from 1986.

I wouldn't take anyone's word as the gospel truth on these older guitars, mine included.
Buyer beware..............................................................................

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:23 am
by stratman323
MIJvintage wrote: again the information we all crave is out there somewhere; it's just NOT being shared by the ones that have it :cry:
Most people on here generously share the knowledge they have. There are a few people who only share information when they stand to gain from doing so.

This isn't a dig at anyone specific, but I think it's a true statement anyway.

Mike

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:33 am
by MIJvintage
stratman323 wrote:
MIJvintage wrote: again the information we all crave is out there somewhere; it's just NOT being shared by the ones that have it :cry:
Most people on here generously share the knowledge they have. There are a few people who only share information when they stand to gain from doing so.

This isn't a dig at anyone specific, but I think it's a true statement anyway.

Mike
I am specific in my reference to members sharing catalog data, and it would be great if the TF had a database of catalog info, for all members to view.
It would be even better if it were freely given.................and not as pulling teeth........

Being able to view (factual) catalog scans would be an invaluable asset, to many members

Catalogs, not conjecture & not BS..............................................

Don't get me wrong; I'm not naive enough to believe that this would end all of the questions we have here at he TF but it would go a long way in educating us on many issues................

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:46 am
by stratman323
Do you really think so? A lot of the catalogue scans I have seen are in Japanese, and my command of Japanese is, well, limited!

Also, catalogues often don't disclose relevant stuff. For example, I have one of the 1985 Tokai catalogues, but it's not apparent from that what the difference is between a TST40 and a TST80. I now know, from the discussions here, that differences include cheaper pickups (ceramic?) and tuners on the 40s compared to the more common 50s, and nitro lacquer on the 80s and above. None of these facts can be found in the catalogue, which is of limited help.

What would be handy would be a book listing the differences, and adding to the limited information available in the catalogues. But there doesn't seem to be such a book. Even the "Blue Book" is useless - I know more about Tokais than the authors do, and my knowledge is still very limited.

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:58 am
by MIJvintage
stratman323 wrote:Do you really think so? A lot of the catalogue scans I have seen are in Japanese, and my command of Japanese is, well, limited!

Also, catalogues often don't disclose relevant stuff. For example, I have one of the 1985 Tokai catalogues, but it's not apparent from that what the difference is between a TST40 and a TST80. I now know, from the discussions here, that differences include cheaper pickups (ceramic?) and tuners on the 40s compared to the more common 50s, and nitro lacquer on the 80s and above. None of these facts can be found in the catalogue, which is of limited help.

What would be handy would be a book listing the differences, and adding to the limited information available in the catalogues. But there doesn't seem to be such a book. Even the "Blue Book" is useless - I know more about Tokais than the authors do, and my knowledge is still very limited.

Yes, most if not all are in Japanese, and that is why I stated: "Don't get me wrong; I'm not naive enough to believe that this would end all of the questions we have here at he TF but it would go a long way in educating us on many issues................"

Why don't you try & be opened minded enough to understand how a catalog would be relevent to this particular example though; Sam is attempting to date his Burny Custom & a visual would likely help in connecting the head stock logo to a year of manufacture.
I don't particularlly need to know the Japanese language to understand what I'm viewing in a catalog scan, when it's an image of a photo........

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:06 am
by JohnA
There Is a lot of good info 'out there' and I'm sure I know where 2% of it is!!

I've set up a thread in the General forum to pool our knowledge, not that I have much :D :

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=9887