Friday, July 20, 2012

New Guitar! Burny LP Custom Copy

This is my newest acquisition: A 2002 Burny Les Paul Custom copy.

I bought this guitar at the Nagwon Musical Instruments Arcade in Seoul, Korea. It's 10 years old, and starting to show the signs of a nice aged guitar. The playing feel is fantastic - right up there with my 1989 Gibson LP Standard. The sound is quite extraordinary as well, thanks to a Fernandes Sustainer System. It literally sustains forever, and the tone is immaculate. I'm not usually a fan of gold hardware on a Les Paul, but the blue paint job really makes it look great. The tuners are smooth and hold tune quite well, and the tune-o-matic bridge is as accurate as the real thing. Since 2002 was the year that Fernandes moved production from Japan to Korea, and later China, there is some dispute as to where this guitar was made. The playing feel and overall construction quality suggest that it was made in Japan, but Korean-made guitars from the early 2000s are notoriously well built. Regardless, the current Chinese-made equivalent model retails for over $1000, so at 350,000 Korean Won ($309), I think it was a pretty good score. Rock on!