The late 90's model to present will have the palace-shape and 3 screws truss rod covers. Could be a Slash model or transition or special release...
=)All screws are gold BTW (not sure if it is original).
It was replaced by the Steve Marriott Les Paul – for RF’s own words, see this diary entry, and this. Ben Crowe of Crimson Guitars has serviced these guitars, which prompted several diary entries by RF.
Later 1970s/New York In all likelihood, the same Les Paul Customs from the King Crimson days were used during this period (in interviews and explanations of Frippertronics, RF specifically refers to his guitar as a Les Paul) with the 1959 being the primary instrument.
After doing much research on the web and in forums, last year Burny expert Jacco was kind enough to identify it as a Burny RLG150.
He said the pot codes date to 1981, making it one of the earliest 82 Burny Super Grade RLGs.
This one has a birds-eye maple top, something I’ve only seen once before. These are features you will only find on custom shop Les Pauls at more than double the price. It has some play wear – there are dings and scratches, and the frets have some wear as well.
Bridge is a replacement from Faber (Made in Germany) Cap is a black beauty, PIO. Serialnumber is stamped in the pickup cavity Reading 803030. If it still has the original pots you should be able to date it to the month of manufacture too. (an I played a lot of expensive guitars, trust me, a lot a lot..Gibson Custom Shop to small boutique luthers) And thank your for telling me at least the model and the range of production. Do you have any idea, where I can get some catalogues from Burny? Actually I think they used the same "nitro" like a lot of the japanese manufacturers in the high quality range It is some kind of aging nitro which gets old and yellow (see me white Les Paul Junior) but actually don't gets the cracking as seen in Gibsons.
My old Greco EG 59-85 has nitro which has the same feeling like the Burny.
Hey Folks, I purchased an awesome Piece of guitar history. It weighs about 8 pounds, has a deep set neck, a great dark and thick rosewood Board, and an awesome neck profile, wide and fat. The laquer is thin with wood grain sneaking through and nicely fainted. Looks like a 1988 LJ-55, the rock n roll versions came out in 1986 and ended 1993 I think, Burny serials usually have the year has as the first number so can only be 1988. I was a little bit worried in the first, but when I played it...jeeeesssus I tell you. Even compared to my Greco EG 59-85, which I thought was one of the best guitars ever.
I Love this resonant and screaming Piece of mahagoni!