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Series II appeared in and was around until ish??) After the B.C. Rich NJ Series was also being made by Cort in Korea. See section titled " IMPORT SERIAL DATING INFO +" on how to ID these serials. During the '80s, the wild shapes of B.C. Rich guitars proved to be the “The company grossed around $, when I started working there and, with the [ introduction of the] NJ Series, . crafted the company's edgiest design to date— the string Bich. . Class Axe licensed the name B.C. Rich in In November of B.C. Rich implemented a new date stamp format Class Axe took over in I have an Strat style, natural finish 3 piece body with matching pointy headstock, red NJ Series under script logo, 22 fret.
He didn't want to call them BC Rich. But, what else could we do? After all, the Ricos were part to end the knock-offs by Aria, Ibanez, and the other unimaginative guitar companies in Japan and to offer a Rich guitar for less money. You'll cheapen the line in the publics eye. But, Rico was already in the works.
Series Nagoya, Japan logo was put in place to differentiate the lines. I don't know anything about SN and I don't remember the dates. But, I do remember that it was when I was in Japan and saw that there were 3 companies in the Nagoya area making Rico guitars.
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So, the confusion about SN and models and all the other things you guys are trying to figure out might just be answered in that there were 3 companies making the instruments. And, don't ask me which one made which.
Not even the Japanese guys I've talked to remember that. Rich Japanese Imports After the B. Rich import guitar lines introduced.
These were serialed with a? This was still before the introduction of the NJ Series. This headstock and logo are similar to the early NJ series.
This is completely incorrect - N. Rich terminology refers to the origin of manufacture being Nagoya Japan. The first line of N. The serial number is usually a sticker on the back of the headstock. These guitars have a consistant serial number line with the first two numbers being the year.
In some very rare cases, there were also some Handmade NJ series guitars, hollow body semi acoustics with solid spruce tops. By the late 80's around 87?? Bernie was going to Japan quite a bit.
Later, at some point, don't ask me when, I thought the NJs were a very nice basic guitar. As I'm sitting here thinking about them Hope you all understand that I was very much into the Hand Made production.
Series II appeared in and was around until ish?? Rich guitars started selling well and, with the L. Heater connection, Gibson found out and was not happy. DiMarzios and Self-Distribution Rico next turned to using Guild humbuckers, but these again required disassembly.
Finally, in aroundRico called Larry DiMarzio and asked him if he could make four-lead, dual sound humbuckers. Rich began making its own pickupsB. Rich guitars featured various DiMarzio pickups.
Rich stopped being distributed by L. Heater in and began distributing itself. Fly Like An Eagle The Seagull did well, however, players began complaining about the upper point jabbing them in the chest. In around Mr. Rico set about redesigning the Seagull, giving it two cutaways and no point on the upper horn.
Thus, the Eagle was essentially a redesigned version of the original Seagull. Rich first began importing guitars. Through a friend living in Tokyo, Rico arranged to have some copies of the Eagle made and imported carrying the B.
Bernie Rico chose this name so as to distinguish these imports from the guitars being made in the U. These were excellent copies with neck-through construction. Ricos ran into legal problems right out of the gate. The Rico Reed company sued B.
Rich over the use of the Rico brand name, and the first shipment of B. Rico guitars was impounded by customs awaiting a decision. Rich would have the right to use the name, which it did. However, in the interim the decision was made to simply use the B. Rich name, which would henceforth be applied to all B. Rich guitars, regardless of where they were manufactured. All imports carry an additional modifier such as N.
Series or Platinum which idicate they are made offshore. As a result of the hassles over the name, these first B. Rico imports are quite rare; only about or so were ever imported before the brand name was abandoned.
Listen to the Mockingbird Things began to evolve quickly from that point on. Intoo, Rico designed the Mockingbird.
The first Mockingbird was a short-scale bass. Again in Rico came up with the B. The Bich has been acused of being a copy of a design of guitarmaker Dave Bunker. The resulting guitar was a sort of squared off Bunker guitar combined with elements taken from the Eagle. As usual, neck-through construction was used. The first Biches were strings, based on a concept of Neal Moser, who, according to Rico, had been thinking about building a string. Some differences exist in reported accounts about who was actually responsible for the origins of the Bich design.
According to the recollections of Mr. Rico, many of the early B. Rich designs, including the Bich, were pretty much collaborative efforts. Rich guitars were handmade, especially the neck-throughs, the production work involved a lot of handcarving, which was frequently done by skilled Mexican woodcarvers. This hand-crafted element explains why so many variations often exist between the same models of early B.
Sons of a Rich and B. As mentioned, the majority of early B. Rich guitars were neck-throughs, however, some of the main models were also built with bolt-on necks. One of these was the Son of a Rich, which was basically a bolt-neck Bich. At least some of these had necks and bodies which were made by Wayne Charvel, who was in the parts business at the time. The Charvel necks would be carved on his machine and sent over the the B. Economy Nighthawks In around orRico also put out the Nighthawk series, an econo bolt-neck version of the Eagle, and the Phoenix series, an econo bolt-neck Mockingbird.
One of the things you notice about B. Rich guitars is the neck. The profile is thin and comfortable.
The fingerboard is nicely wide, like you might expect from someone who, well, played flamenco! Rich Bich was the last new design until the introduction of the Warlock in Six-In-Line It was at this time that the B.
Rich six-in-line headstock appeared, debuting on the Warlock bass. Prior toall headstocks were the assymetrical three-and-three design. Soon other models began to appear with the new design, including the late Eagle shown here. Rather than replace him, the decision was made to cease acoustic production.
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This also coincided with a major economic recession in the United States and a downturn in all guitar sales. Ironbird Following the Warlock was the radically angular Ironbird appeared in arounda guitar favored by Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.
The mass was spread out over a wider area and it had great harmonic overtones. Stealth Bomber Also in the Stealth was introduced, a guitar basically designed by Rick Derringer.
This is relatively rare, as well, with only between and ever having been produced. Other Rare Birds In several particularly interesting B. Rich guitars appeared, the Condor and the Fat Bob. I had three of them, one of which was a model called the Fat Bob. 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. All were custom orders. We only made about fifteen or twenty of those. These were sort of the idea of L. Rich guitars, played a lot of them.
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Rico travelled to Japan in late and toured a number of factories. He felt that Japanese manufacturers were way ahead of most American companies in terms of quality production. The result was the launching of the B.
Rich NJ Series of copies of the American designs. This is easy to understand, because later the company headquarters would be in New Jersey. However, the NJ actually stood for Nagoya, Japan.
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UntilJapanese B. Korea and the U. Production Series Again, as with other major American manufacturers, Rico also sooned turned to Korea as a source for budget models. Rich announced its U. Production Series in an ad showing the Ironbird. These were basically Korean-made guitar kits. Basic components of these bolt-neck guitars were made overseas and shipped to California where fretting, final assembly and finishing took place.
Guitars shown in the B. All had diamond inlays except for the Biches and Mockingbird Supreme with clouds, and the Stealth which had no inlays. 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. Vibratos were top-mounted Kahlers. These were primarily neck-through guitars. These had a single humbucking pickup and, except for the Ironbird, reverse six-in-line headstocks.
Korean NJs InMr. 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. Rico turned to Westheimer and asked if he, meaning Cort of which Westheimer was part ownerwould make the B.