Dating my bc rich guitar
P.’s Blackie Lawless dripping in blood while clutching a B. Rich Widow in one hand and a skull in the other was just one of many that catapulted B. “The company grossed around 5,000 when I started working there and, with the [introduction of the] NJ Series, it was up to about ,000,000 by the time I left,” says Mal Stich, who was vice president of B. Additional information has been provided by Neal Moser and Lorne Peakman. Many respected artists outside the metal community, including studio great Carlos Alomar (David Bowie), pop meister Neil Giraldo (Pat Benatar), and jazz guitarist Robert Conti were proponents of B. Rico helped many of these luthiers gain residence and naturalization as citizens of the United States.
1 guitar company as metal came to rule the airwaves. For this historical retrospective, Stich gave a first-hand account of the company’s milestones. Rich has crafted an identity as a metal guitar company, it actually started as one of the first boutique electric-guitar makers—it was among the first to introduce neck-through-body 24-fret guitars and heelless neck joints. He didn’t work on the guitars himself—he chose to focus on day-to-day operations—but instead hired luthiers from Paracho, Mexico, which is widely regarded as the guitar capital of that country.
When they cut the blanks, the sides would be glued on and wrapped with cord like in the old days, when they made violins and wrapped them with cords in France in the 1500s.
They would tap shims between the cord and the wood to make it as tight as possible for the glue joints, which were always superb.
“The guitars were handcrafted, but they were still production guitars.
People might request special inlays or maybe Bartolini Hi-A pickups instead of Di Marzios, but basically it was a production-line guitar,” explains Stich.
“The parts—the Varitone, the preamp circuitry, etc.—were made by hand,” says Stich. Rich’s electric offerings were originally equipped with Guild pickups, but the company later switched to Di Marzios, which Stich says, “added a whole different reality to the guitars.
Although these early guitars were reportedly rated higher than new Martins at the time, they had some minor issues.
The guitars would go through a process of being marked out with a pencil and a template of the shape of the guitar—we had aluminum templates and later plastic—and then they would do a cutout on a band saw.
From there, the necks would be handcarved using what I call a ‘Mexican guitar maker’s knife,’ and they just hacked the [expletive] out of it. It was common to see big-name rock stars sitting with the late master luthier Juan Hernandez while he hacked away at a neck blank with a knife and spoke shave.
“The guys would literally go out and buy a metal slab that was probably a quarter inch thick, and they would cut it, shape it, sharpen it, and make a handle for it—usually out of mahogany.
People would walk in and go, ‘Where’s your machinery?