This is characteristic of many of his guitars to this day. It was Troiano who first used the active electronics which became common on B. ’ Someone would say, ‘Well, take a little off there,’ and we would.” Since most B. Rich guitars were handmade, especially the neck-throughs, the production work involved a lot of handcarving, which was frequently done by skilled Mexican woodcarvers. Ironbird Following the Warlock was the radically angular Ironbird appeared in around 1983, a guitar favored by Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Basic components of these bolt-neck guitars were made overseas and shipped to California where fretting, final assembly and finishing took place. All had diamond inlays except for the Biches and Mockingbird Supreme with clouds, and the Stealth which had no inlays. 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. Colors were transparent red, blue, tangerine, purple or emerald green, or goldtop. Acoustics Again As of early 1995, Bernie Rico had returned to his old affection for acoustics and added a new acoustic guitar to his line, the B-41C, a single cutaway guitar loaded with abalone trim, a project which has the luthier quite enthusiastic. By 1980 the serial numbers had gotten to about two to three years ahead.
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.
After Class Axe took over there were a number of different serial schemes designated for the American, Asian and Bolt-on guitars. Rich Mockingbird was designed by Johnny "Go-Go" Kessel. The Mockingbird model experienced a resurgence in the early 1990s through Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash after he played one on the Use Your Illusion world tour.
This model was made popular by Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Neil Giraldo (guitarist and also husband of Pat Benatar) also played his Eagle on some of her early albums and videos. The most popular of the BC Rich line is the BC Rich "Bich" 10 string model.
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.