Dating my bc rich
Listen to the Mockingbird Things began to evolve quickly from that point on. Some differences exist in reported accounts about who was actually responsible for the origins of the Bich design. Rich guitars were handmade, especially the neck-throughs, the production work involved a lot of handcarving, which was frequently done by skilled Mexican woodcarvers. Rich guitars were neck-throughs, however, some of the main models were also built with bolt-on necks.
This hand-crafted element explains why so many variations often exist between the same models of early B. One of these was the Son of a Rich, which was basically a bolt-neck Bich.
Economy Nighthawks In around or , Rico also put out the Nighthawk series, an econo bolt-neck version of the Eagle, and the Phoenix series, an econo bolt-neck Mockingbird. Rich six-in-line headstock appeared, debuting on the Warlock bass.
Prior to , all headstocks were the assymetrical three-and-three design.
This is relatively rare, as well, with only between and ever having been produced. Rico travelled to Japan in late and toured a number of factories. This is easy to understand, because later the company headquarters would be in New Jersey. The NJ Series in that catalog included the Warlock, the ST superstrat and the Outlaw, which has become basically a Gunslinger with a reverse headstock. Thanx to you all I have a guy wanting to sell a BC Rich warlock with the serial number M I would like to know where it was made at least.
Other Rare Birds In several particularly interesting B. I had three of them, one of which was a model called the Fat Bob. He felt that Japanese manufacturers were way ahead of most American companies in terms of quality production. In Rico licensed the Rave and Platinum names to Class Act, and they essentially took over importing, marketing and distributing the foreign-made lines. Have a BCR Platinum Series gunslinger or assassin - not sure with 4-digit serial on the neck plate.
However, in the interim the decision was made to simply use the B.We thought it would be cool to make a guitar that had a body shaped like a Harley Davidson gas tank, and that was the Fat Bob. Over the years, only about 35 doubleneck guitars were built. This also coincided with a major economic recession in the United States and a downturn in all guitar sales. Basic components of these bolt-neck guitars were made overseas and shipped to California where fretting, final assembly and finishing took place. All had diamond inlays except for the Biches and Mockingbird Supreme with clouds, and the Stealth which had no inlays. These had a single humbucking pickup and, except for the Ironbird, reverse six-in-line headstocks. While they were in Tokyo, there was a tremendous shift upward in the value of the Yen, severely cutting into the profitability of manufacturing in Japan. This was a Strat-style guitar that was known as a professional instrument, with a humbucker and single coils, the angular reverse headstock, an ebony fingerboard with no inlays and frets. Rich began making its own pickups, which it did until the hiatus in Also introduced in was the Gunslinger, a Strat-style bolt-neck guitar geared toward the fast heavy metal players who only wanted one pickup with a volume control. Rich ST-IIIs are relatively ordinary, however, many are quite spectacular, like the quilted maple custom model shown here.
Ironbird Following the Warlock was the radically angular Ironbird appeared in around , a guitar favored by Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Most had the standard three-and-three headstock with pearl R logo; the Warlock and Stealth had the reversed six-in-line head, wile the Ironbird had the early angular six-in-line headstock. Rico turned to Westheimer and asked if he, meaning Cort of which Westheimer was part owner , would make the B. Raves and Platinums Soon thereafter Rico engaged a different Korean factory to begin producing the down-market Rave and Platinum Series guitars, this time, unlike the U. Another interesting Strat-style guitar from this period was the Outlaw, basically an ST-III with a series of holes drilled through the upper horn, like handles. No matter what the color of the guitar, the insides of the holes were always black. Serial B RED tremolo bar, triple pickup, triple toggle switches, String locking neck, tuning bridge. Not sure whether I want to part with it, but am curious to know it's worth.
The original prototype is currently owned by Dan Lawrence.