Dating burny guitars
The higher priced Burny electric guitars from this era featured the well regarded L8000 humbucking pickups, and again, that is the case here.
These pickups clock in at 7.8 and 7.9 K Other nice inclusions are the large, full size potentiometers, green caps and high quality wirng not often found on some Japanese clone guitars.
It is in excellent overall condition with only a few small marks here and there, and nothing significant except a long scratch in the finish on the back.
Apart from that there are few other signs of wear & tear on this 37 year old guitar.
The Gibson bell-shaped covers are found on 1970’s to early 1980’s models. We believe this guitar is a Burny RLC 60 from 1982.
In 1971 Hoshino bought Elger Guitars, which became Hoshino USA.Their logos and production styles were similar enough to where American guitar companies felt that the consumer was being confused into buying guitars which they believed were from them.A lawsuit between the parent corporation behind Gibson Guitars and Ibanez Japan/Elger Guitars lead to a precedent that stunted the production of these low-cost, high-quality guitars.There are still gems to be found, on e Bay or Reverb for example, and a lot of these auctions are genuine, but some of these lawsuit guitars for sale are not lawsuit guitars at all.
If you are interested in buying a lawsuit guitar, make sure you read through this article first and then do more research before you buy or start bidding on a guitar.
Be mindful of scams though, some sellers claim to be selling a Japanese lawsuit guitar, while they are not.