A walk Thru History with BC Rich from ads and catalogs...
If Yellow completed. Red is still work in progress.
Dude With Stuff
Pre-1972 - Seagull - designed by Bernie Rico & Bob ???
1974 - Mockingbird (Shornhorn)- designed by Johnny A Go-go
- Seagull (Pointless version)
1975 - Seagull Junior
- Seagull 2 (late 1975 or maybe 1976)
1976 - Mockingbird (Shorthorn version) 1st appears in catalog
- Eagle - designed from the Seagull
1977 - Bich - Designed by Neal Moser. Actual production started late 78.
1978 - Mockingbird (Long Horn) 1st appears in catalog
-redesign from Bernie to fix balance issues of Shorthorn.
-Mal Stitch also created Mock-a-bird version (only 3 made)
1980 - Son of a Rich - Bich bolt-on
- Nighthawk - Bolt-on Eagle
- Phoenix - Bolt-on Mockingbird
1981 - Warlock - Bernie Rico
- Wave - Martin Evens
- BC Rico import line finalized. Imported in 1982.
1982 - BC Rich trademark Scipt Logo created by Mal Stitch and Andy Caulfield;
but not used on guitars until 1984.
- Warlock 2 (tremolo version of Warlock)
- Mockingbird 2 (tremolo version of Mockingbird)
- Eagle 2 (tremolo version of Eagle)
1983 - BC Rico brand become NJ Series after lawsuit
- Ironbird (version #1)- Joey Rico
- Stealth - Rick Derringer
- Widow - created by Blackie LAwless from WASP.
- Both USA and NJ series guitars offered with Kahler tremolos
- Semi-hollow acoustic guitars offered in NJ series (Conti style).
1984 - ST (strat) guitars made. 1st appeared in 1985 catalog.
1986 - Class Axe takes over BC Rich Imports and moves production to Korea.
Platinum Series BC Rich started
NJ series now offered with Floyd Rose copy instead of Kahler
Models - Birth and Creator...........
Ownership.....of BC Rich
1972 -1989 - Bernie Rico
1987-1993 - All imports operated and controled by Class Axe
1990-1993 - Class Axe Takes over USA Custom Shop.
1994-1999 - Bernie Rico takes company back but passes away in Dec 1999.
2000- Present - Hanser Holding Inc. (HHI) - Bernie's son briefly stays on board before starting his own company.
Traditional from 1972 to current
Curved 6-in0line from 1982 - 1st seen on Eagle 2 verions.
Pointed 6-in-line flat from 1983 - used on Ironbirds only.
Widow headstock 1983 - used only on Widow guitar until 1996.
Small Curved 6-in0line
Pointed 6-in-line - Harpoon
Pointed 6-in-line - Slanted
1988 - BC Rich alive and kicking the the Metal world.
Bernie Rico (Right) - Approx. 1983-84
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth - Approx. 1985
Slash of Guns & Roses - Approx 1986
Please email me any corrections.