Dating my bc rich guitar
In 1975 Di Marzio agreed to build potted, 4 conductor pickups for BC Rich and they were used until BCR began designing their own in the late 80s.Early in the 70s Neal Moser was brought on board to design and supervise the electronics.
Few guitar players realized how incredibly far ahead of his time Bernie really was.Nothing like a "Disinformation campaign" ok here goes this is to the best of my knowledge NO NJ guitar has EVER been made in the US, just assemebled the NJ stands for Nagoya, Japan these models were usually neckthrough and had either B R C I c o or "rich" instead of "rico" The NJ models were originaly produced in Japan, from 84-86 then shifted to the cort factory in korea. It has a bridge on it I have never seen..its not the Kahler that I always see on these.there were also the US production series, these were US assembled korean kits. That period in the late 80's early 90's is where the company was owned by 'Class Axe' or some such.. So if someone really knows whats up with these PLEASE contact me, the bridge has a broken saddle and I want to fix it =). A lot of the import guitars during the Class Axe period havd neckplates that simply say BC Rich and give a Los Angeles address.. kinda like the Kramers that ESP made during the "American Series" years or when IMC owned Jackson/Charvel..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. About 20% of these guitars go to various Rock Stars like Kerry King Slash etc. ernie was the founder and creative source behind the great BC Rich Guitar company. I saw the birth and rebirth of all of his famous models. I think even fewer really ever got to play one of his handmade creations.
Consequently you don't see real BC Rich Guitars in too many stores. Being an artist a visionary and a designer more than a business man, Bernie sold his trade mark rights to several different people who imported thousands of lower quality models.
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.
Rich is an American brand of acoustic and electric (bass) guitars founded by Bernardo Chavez Rico in 1969. Rich gained a broader exposure with the popularity of heavy metal and has since often been linked to that music scene. Rich instruments are custom-made in the USA whereas the mid and low budget models are produced in different countries in Asia.
I sold him his first ever Bass an Original BC Rich back in 1977 when he was about 12 I also sold him his first PA System when he was about 14 Dave lived in Minnesota & I was located in Connecticut Back in the 70's Very few stores carried any pro equipment at all !!!!
So it was normal to shop mail order for quality items !!!!
and NO Charvels were ever produced in any Forth Worth, Texas facility.