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EOengineer

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Hi all! I purchased a wonderful MIJ Burny RLG90 off a member here almost a decade ago and recently sold it to accommodate a major relocation. I’m missing it terribly, and starting to look around now that I’ve settled in.

I’m probably capped at ~$1000US. I’m frankly not seeing much in the states, am I risking a lot to buy from Japan? Im assuming there are customs fees added at some point?

What would you be looking for and where would you be looking if you were in my shoes?
 

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I've been very close on this many times but never pulled the trigger -
I looked on Reverb, and found the actual store with the Burny (Edwards in my case) i was looking for, use a credit card or alternate with a guarantee you get what your looking at.
Most say there could be customs fees but not always the case YMMMV

Good Luck,
Jay
 

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Probably. If they mention that word in the auction it is automatically blocked from export with many proxy services.
 

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I would jump on it. That’s a great price. Can’t believe Burnys can still be had at that price, with everything else MIJ, having skyrocketed in price.

Great piece of mahogany on the back, fret edge binding, cool finish. If I were in the market for another MIJ single cut, i’d be all over it in a heartbeat.

The 2 late 80s/early 90s Burnys I had, were as good as anything else I’ve owned, after a electronics upgrade.
 

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I would jump on it. That’s a great price. Can’t believe Burnys can still be had at that price, with everything else MIJ, having skyrocketed in price.

Great piece of mahogany on the back, fret edge binding, cool finish. If I were in the market for another MIJ single cut, i’d be all over it in a heartbeat.

The 2 late 80s/early 90s Burnys I had, were as good as anything else I’ve owned, after a electronics upgrade.
Thanks for the advice. I put in an inquiry, hopefully will hear something soon. Hoping CITES isn’t an issue.
 

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I can confirm ikebe gakki and Ishibashi will not ship rosewood to the states, they’ve responded.

If anyone has a recommended eBay or reverb seller, feel free to PM.
 
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I can confirm ikebe gakki and Ishibashi will not ship rosewood to the states, they’ve responded.

If anyone has a recommended eBay or reverb seller, feel free to PM.
Several Custom style models have Ebony boards. That's how I got my Edwards from Japan.

I got boxed out on a great Orville I wanted, due to rosewood.
 

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I’d just like to thank everyone who has participated in this thread. Several members have contacted me offering some fantastic guitars and lots of information.

I’m scrambling to educate myself so that I make a good decision.

For those interested, this is the Burny I purchased long ago and recently regretfully sold. One thing that I've heard is that Burny necks tend to be on the slimmer 60s side, which this guitar was pretty chunky. I have to assume that having come out of the tokai factory, it may have been more of a Tokai than a Burny spec-wise.

So I think for now Im turning my attention to Tokai, as I seem to bond with the chunkier neck, one piece body/neck guitars a bit more.
 




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