Burny SG Custom Maestro Vibrola review

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  1. gaussgun

    gaussgun Senior Member

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    Heya gents! I`ve always had a dream of this guitar :

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    But the original one costs like a good car. Modern reissue costs like a sh*tcar :slash: Just can`t allow it to myself.
    So I was living my sad life without it until I met this guy on japan auction for 400bucks :

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    Alright, I bought it. In original condition it sounded like a crap, those ceramic pups are awful ( to my taste ). Bridge , stoptail, electronics, tuners - JUNK :( But I liked the neck, almost identical to slimtaper, which I got on my gibson firebird V.
    I decided to make it look like my dream with a decent sound. Here's the list of things that I changed :
    + gibson '57 classics neck+bridge pups
    + roller bridge
    + mojotone electronics set
    + locking gotoh tuners
    + maestro vibrola set
    + gibson knobs lol
    + levi's strap of glory

    This is how she looks now :

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    Yep it`s still not a gibson , but I love it :naughty:

    here`s the little sloppy clip



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  2. Satellitedog

    Satellitedog Senior Member

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    Cool, is it MIJ or MIC?
     
  3. gaussgun

    gaussgun Senior Member

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    it was made in mid 80s, MIJ I believe
     
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  4. Dica

    Dica Senior Member

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    I had a 1964 Gibsons std and a black Burny just like yours.
    The wide and fatter neck of the Burny made me play it all the time.
    The Burn-a-tron wa slightly darker in sound but as a treble freak i felt it was fatter sounding.

    And much more comfortable.

    These guitar are often better than GIbsons Custom shop.




    Im drunk and loving it.


    Christopher hitchens rules.
     
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  5. OldBenKenobi

    OldBenKenobi Senior Member

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    Thats a very nice guitar.

    Normally I'm fussy about Customs having ebony boards, but the rosewood goes real nice with that off-white.
     
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  6. Kurt

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    Looking great! I tried a similar thing on an Epiphone SG. Installed a maestro vibrato and Bareknuckle Mules in the neck and bridge, but have left the middle pickup in. I did have Seymour Duncan P90's in there at one point but swapped them out for the BKs.

    To be honest I love the way it plays, but not the way it sounds. Not sure if it's down the electrics or the pickups and may change them for Gibson 57s. Did you take out the middle pickup from the circuit and leave it there physically just for show? I also left in the stop tail holes and plugged them with gold screws where it looks like you took yours out completely which looks much better!

    Anyway here's my take on the Gibson Custom

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  7. Have FUN

    Have FUN Senior Member

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    Nice MIJ SG, What year is your Burny ?
     
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  8. gaussgun

    gaussgun Senior Member

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    Kurt, nice axe! Yeah I totally dislike middle pup, I just cut off it from the scheme, so I got three traditional positions and I like each of them.

    Have FUN, thank you mate, I guess it is from the mid 80s
     
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    How are you getting that fuzzy Sabbath tone? I notice there's a little pic of a pedal in the bottom right corner of the vid. I can't make out what it is. Is it a fuzz pedal or is the amp just capable of sounding like that?
    I love that tone!! :cheers2:
     
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    I was gonna say, I love the tone on that, and normally hate 57s. Cool, fuzziness! Yeah!
     
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  11. gaussgun

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    no pedals, just the amp's distortion :slash:
     
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    awesome :applause:
     
  13. JCarno

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    Ok, so I went to the Matamp site and found everything I was looking for except prices. Do you have to contact them for a price list or did I just miss it?
    If you don't mind, could you tell me what you payed for the amp? If not here, send me a pm. Thanks!! :cheers2:
     
  14. moreles

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    80's MIJ is indeed often better than Gibson USA of that same time period when it comes to the body build. And with an SG, if you like the neck, the rest is simple. 80's MIJ are often considerably better (wood quality, build quality) than the later and current Epiphones that Gibson markets as their secondary line, though those can be good guitars, too. With the parts changeouts you describe, your Burny should be a terrific guitar. Some of us are huge MIJ fans, particularly for later 80s and 90s high-end stuff.
     
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  15. jordans0nly

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    I bought this over a year ago, just hated the middle pup, but thought I could rewire it and leave the middle pup lowered so my finger doesnt keep hitting it, but, it's nice for as cheap as it is. Nice thick neck, alder body to boot. Think I paid around $160 shipped from Germany. Now they've changed the headstock, which is uglier.

    Not sure if I want to keep it. Not my picture, but the exact guitar.


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  16. gaussgun

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    I guess the quickest way to contact matamp is https://www.facebook.com/Matamp
    To be honest I don`t own this 1224mat, a friend of mine gave it to me for a couple of days, but he bought it used for about 1200bucks
     
  17. Kurt

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    How did you plug the stop tail holes may I ask?
     
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    My guitar luthier took out that 2 metal sleeves which left from the stoptail, then he put wood into the holes and did some paint job
     
  19. Epi rocks

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    Have the Epi LTD Edition version made in 2006. Loved the guitar but not the pickup configuration or Epi electrics.

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    Replaced the pickups with Gibson Burstbuckers, all the switches, pots, caps and wiring. Straplocks as well.
    Rewired her as a two pickup model in 50s style with PIO caps.
    Closer to my old '67 SG.

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    (Love your Burny though) Excellent buy man, congrats.

    Cheers
     
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  20. gaussgun

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    upd :

     
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