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The company started to make electric guitars in the 1970s that were notable for their atypical body shapes. The company briefly switched owners in the 1990s before being acquired in the 2000s by Hanser Music Group, a distribution company based in Hebron , Kentucky. C Rich has since been acquired by Praxis Musical based in Orange, California. A somewhat odd design, ostensibly based on a toilet seat shape, this guitar was designed by Bernie Rico.
During his time with BC Rich, he conceived, designed, and built the first Bich 10 string prototype guitar.The Seagull shape was uncomfortable for some to play due to the sharp upper point and the sharp lower point that dug into the leg sitting down.It was redesigned several times including a smoother lower point, a Junior version with simpler electronics and a pointless version which is quite rare.It was a stage favorite of guitarist Dick Wagner, who played the lead guitar work on Aerosmith's remake of "Train Kept A Rollin" and "Dream On".Initially the pickups were Gibsons, rewired as 4 conductor and potted, later Guild pickups were treated the same way.The BC Rich Mockingbird was designed by Johnny "Go-Go" Kessel. The Mockingbird model experienced a resurgence in the early 90's through Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash after he played one on the Use Your Illusion world tour.
The most popular of the BC Rich line is the BC Rich "Bich" 10 string model.
Beginning in 1976, the numbers started with the year then the number of production (YYXXX).
Since more than 1000 guitars were produced many years, the numbers became increasingly inaccurate through the 1980s, ending up about 4 years behind (i.e.
Acrylic is more dense than most woods ( specific gravity of acrylic is 1.18 g/cm3 while that of lignum vitae, probably the heaviest of woods,is approximately 1.23g/cm3) which makes the guitar heavier. In this series the neck is bolted inside the body to look like a neck-through, but neck joint is still visible. Rich used a neck-through body design in many of their instruments. In addition, they used custom battery-powered active electronics — pickups and tone controls inside the guitar.
This combines the elements of both bolt-on and neck-through designs. These electronics were originally thought out and designed by Neal Moser Neal Moser helped with bone crafted parts and many set ups in the custom shop.
These hand-carved wonders were built off of Neal Moser's original 1978 body templates, using the same exotic woods (black African walnut, maple and Brazilian rosewood) as the original prototype model.