Widow Another guitar from this era was the Widow, sometimes called the “spider” guitar, which was basically designed for Blackie Lawless. The Condor was basically an upscale Eagle with a 1″ thick carved flamed maple top and mahogany body (this guitar is offered today as the Eagle Archtop). Anyhow, as a tribute to Conti whom I never actually met in person I designed an archtop jazz guitar with neck-through construction and heelless neck joint. Many people incorrectly assume that “NJ” stand for New Jersey. 335s and Diamonds Two other imported guitars from this time which you might encounter include the 335 Standard, as you might guess a thinline acoustic-electric, and the Diamond Series, which were basically acoustic guitars with a diamond-shaped soundhole and built-in pickup made by Tarada. These still follow the same XXYYY dating scheme, but there was no particular order to thier application. Rich guitars,” reflects Rico on the past, “is that they got branded as ‘heavy metal’ guitars early on and that’s what made them so successful. Rich didn’t have a niche until someone said, ‘heavy metal.’ “What really gets me, though,” continues Rico, “is that they’re always known for their weird shapes, not the thought and quality that went into the shape of the neck or the quality painting.” Maybe now, with B. Rich guitars back in the hands of flamenco guitarist Bernie Rico and staging a comeback, and with renewed interest in the older B.
Other Rare Birds In 1984 several particularly interesting B. The Fat Bob reflected Bernie Rico’s love of motorcycles. I had three of them, one of which was a model called the Fat Bob. These had 24 frets, and at the 24th fret there was a pearl inlay engraved with ‘Conti’.” NJ Series Imports B. Rich had become so successful by the mid-’80s that the company like other American brands such as Dean and Kramer inevitably turned to importing guitars. Rico travelled to Japan in late 1983 and toured a number of factories. This is easy to understand, because later the company headquarters would be in New Jersey. If a guitar has a number of 89321, for example, it was probably built in 1987, but it could be a bit earlier or later. If it hadn’t been for heavy metal, I don’t know what would have happened.
“The Wave was the finest bass I’ve ever designed,” says Rico, “in terms of thickness and width and how it was laid out. Even though neck-through production never surpassed about 2200 guitars a year, as the ’80s progressed the serial numbers continued to get ahead of the actual year. The one-pickup Eagle shown here is 85366 from between late 1980 to sometime in 1981.
I have owned it since about 2002 and it was bought used and seemed quite old at the time. I've been looking for info on this bass for quite some time. Anyone have a guesstimate of what it may be worth Help identifying- Bought used in 1991/1992 warlock body 1 pickup ,1 control on body"volume", licenses F.
The pickups were not working and I had a friend wire the pickups into working condition. R, Grover tuners, neck plate says BO154 All black, headstock reversed "I think, excuse the non technical terms please" Does say American made "no tm by it" Any help ? i have a serial # R 845750 without a bridge or pickups with some damage i was wondering about what year the mockingbird is and about how much it could possibly be worth as it is i have a few pictures on my computer and planing on taking some more sometime soon so send a email to [email protected] your interested in the guitar i'm planning on selling it but wanted some more info on it first I have a BC Rich Beast American Made .
It has diamond-shaped pearl inlays for fret markers which I have not seen on any other pics of the ST-III's I've found online. The serial g1966 leads me to think that perhaps it was a limited edition i.e. Trans green, diamond shaped inlays, neck through, mahogany binding between the neck and body, dimarzio pickups, Grover tuners.
If you are still monitoring this board, I have seen you offer up wiring diagrams and information to others and would like your permission to send some pics and gain some information on this guitar. I found a few pics of bitch models with the same fret board, but nothing else. It was my first Bass guitar and means the world to me ...
Stealth Bomber Also in 1983 the Stealth was introduced, a guitar basically designed by Rick Derringer. Bolt-neck guitars are less precise for the usual reasons.
“This was the only guitar I ever made where someone came to me with a design and said, “Can you make this for me? This is relatively rare, as well, with only between 150 and 175 ever having been produced. Rich NJ Series guitars were built by Masan Tarada and Iida. Production Series Again, as with other major American manufacturers, Rico also sooned turned to Korea as a source for budget models. The serial number is stamped on a neck plate, and like every other company, when the guitar was being finished, someone grabbed a plate out of the box and put it on.
and was generally very happy with what I had at that time. , I notice a lot of questions about price's of various models. I sent away for a set of pickups from china..the heck... why not. Rich as they are currently with the majority of their stock being made throughout various parts of asia with relatively poor QC and low value. It has the big R on the headstock and the neck plate states BC Rich TM BC22545 LA California USA I imagine that it is from the Class Axe era but I'm looking for more info on it. I've yet to see another one on sale in the UK (online anyway). If anyone has a schematic or a place I could find one I would greatly appreciate it! I only paid a 100$ for it but I think I need a new neck too I just picked up a BC Rich import model labeled 'Exclusive' on the truss rod cover, no markings on the back of the headstock (narrow 3 3), dual humbuckers, in the double cutaway, PRS archtop shape, 24 frets, large oval inlays, Grover sealed tuners, Gibson LP-style 2-piece bridge/tailpiece, Seven Digit serial number like "F9XXXXX", Trans blue, bound top... I cannot find anything referencing it except one site said it was likely a 1999 Japanese (? It is a black bolt on, maple neck and maple finger board, 2 sets of double pickups, reverse pointed headstock.
Rich's and haven't been disappointed with any of them. I like the feel of the BC Rich Widow and while there are the three models (guitar, 4-string bass and 5-string bass), is there such a thing as a 6-string bass? so it's a mauve ish, color with a blue pearl under tone numbered B 3836 on the back plate I just really wanted to know the year and origin. OK I have a red platinum series virgin with a reverse headstock and gold colored hardware.
Hi, Just a wee bit of background about myself I am 29, and have been playing guitar/bass for 15 years . They beat every competitor in every dep., build quality, sound, variety of woods, pickups etc, support was fantastic and so on. Related News: The Best Heavy Metal Guitars - includes the B. Would I be better off with the guitar version just change the strings and pick-ups to bass, in which case would the pick-ups accommodate 6 stings? Thanks - Amukcanuk I bought my Ironbird via e Bay, long ago, the most recent NAMM explains current import neck throughs are really just set neck (like a Gibson LP is) and not a full neck through body construction with wings or stringers construction like a USA built guitar, my question is, has this always been true of the budget 'import' line? The guy I bought it from must have had no clue on what he was doing. Anyway I have done tons of research and cant get any actual info about it. it has two vol, one tone kahler flyer 24 fret dot inlays and EMG's play's like a dream and screams like a nightmare.. It has a Floyd rose lisenced tremolo single locking kinda like a 80s model charvel ch-120 bridge, it has 2 knobs 3 way switch and mini switch. Has 22 fret neck OK I have a red platinum series virgin it has a Floyd rose licensed tremolo just like the 80s model charvel ch-120 tremolos it has all gold colored hardware and the serial number is 25580 on the back of the neck plate I can't find the year it was made anywere .
Throughout the years I have had Gibsons, Fenders, Rickies, Yamahas, Ibanez, Washburns etc... They are well made and could fool most people I have to say Hello! I have recently acquired a son of the beast in cherry red and black. It has a single volume,single tone, a three position pick up switch and what looks like a single coil cut out switch. it also has a 22 fret maple neck and red reverse headstock with gold BC rich logo and says licensed by BC rich. I have had my warlock for 18 yrs (one of my first guitars) and am now looking to sell but i'm struggling to properly identify it.
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. He felt that Japanese manufacturers were way ahead of most American companies in terms of quality production.