Indeed, you would be forgiven for thinking that this might be a somewhat colourful B.C. Rich Mockingbird - it even has the cloud-shaped fingerboard inlays. However, it is a Burny MG-145S HY, another signature guitar of the late X Japan guitarist hide.
The colourful design reflects hide's flamboyant dress sense;
X Japan were considered pioneers of the visual kei movement, although by the time hide joined the band the other members were beginning to drop visual kei aesthetics.
The Burny MG-145S HY is equipped with a Fernandes Sustainer (remember, Burny is a brandname of Fernandes, so this is essentially a Fernandes guitar), a feature that hide used on many of X Japan's songs.
This guitar is currently on sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $2,333 which, no doubt, some would think optimistic for a B.C. Rich "copy".
G L Wilson
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