bcrich serial dating. Page 1 of 6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next > I have a BC Rich Platinum series warlock 4 string bass yes yes YES I know this is a forum about guitars not bass but this was one of the only links I found on google for dating BC Rich by serial number and I was hoping to find a topic on how to tell . So forgive me. I basically just signed up to see if someone could tell me what my bass serial # means it is 41200015.
Hi guys! I just bought a bronze series warlock from a flea market and they told me its from the 80s, however I don't believe him, but for 50 bucks it was still a steal.
I've been looking up the serial number for a long time and i can't find any help. I've looked at every website to no avail. This is the serial # 24302571 There are no letters and there are 8 digits....im so confused... can any one please date this for me? Iunno, man, I had a problem like that. My first guitar was a BC Rich Platinum Assassin from the late '80s-early '90s, and while I know it was authentic, the serial number was 4095, which doesn't seem to be a BC Rich serial number(someone called me a fraud online for trying to sell it, I was selling it for $200 CDN with a 15-watt amp, a flanger and a gigbag...xD).
You could contact BC Rich themselves about it, I guess. xD Regardless, does it play/sound good? bronze series isn't from the 80s. $50 is an ok deal but the bronze stuff is pretty crappy and doesn't have much resale value. check to see where the guitar was made if it's china or indonesia then you know it's fairly new.
The thing is, it doesn't say made in china or ANYTHING on this guitar. It has B.C Rich and the serial number on the neck plate, and then just B.C Rich Bronze series on the head.
The internals look pretty good and I think from the reviews I read, if this is a newer guitar, I think I'll still like it. Also ZakkWylde, i used the same thing but some of it just doesn't match up right...
Take pictures and email it to BC Rich. I did that with a BC Rich I got off craigslist and they got back to me pretty fast. They even sent me the brochure for that year. I'll do that tommarow man, thanks! Also I have not played it yet, as the nut is broken. Also the volume knob is missing. But both of those can be got for like what, 3 bucks? About that. Or free if you can find an old stereo or something to take them off of for the knob.
Nuts are only a few bucks. Lol good point. But i do have knobs from my Frankenstrat project, i wish to stay true to the original with the cool silver knobs. Also I'm thinking of getting a graphite nut, those are good and cheap right?
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You may have to before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Tech experts from Seymour Duncan are regularly on this forum, and are clearly labeled as employees of Seymour Duncan. They are here to help. It is really pretty. I'm a big fan of the old style Rich guitars, prior to Jackson making them. I found them to be extremely playable, comfortable and nice sounding, albeit expensive, instruments.
After Jackson started making them ("NJ series" stands for "New Jackson series") in the early 90s, they seemed to lose something. The platinum series however, seem to be a fairly well made guitar. NJ never stood for new Jackson Series.
It's for nagoja Japan ,where the first NJs were made. The new models are well built guitar but could be cheaper(bu hey,where else do you get a warlock or a beast?) and you can never go wrong with a USA handcrafted Rich. B.C Rich is more a matter of personal taste than anything else,the only real bad thing about them are the stock pickups on imported models. - 03 B.C. Rich Custom Shop Stealth EMG 81(n)/89(m)/60(n) - 04 Malmsteen Sig. Strat DMZ HS-3(b)/YJM(m)/YJM(n) - 05 Line 6 Variax 700 - 08 Schecter C-7 Hellraiser Blackout N/B - 04 B.C.
Rich NJ beast(Speedloader) SD Dimebucker(b)/Full Shred(n) - 99 B.C. Rich NJ Warlock SD Dimebucker(b)/Full Shred(n) - Clarity(by Johnson) Ovation Copy - Takamine acoustic(not sure abut year and model) -Engl Sovereign 100 Vintage 1x12 Combo + Engl Pro 4x12 (V30s) i hear that bc rich has gone downhill since bernie rico(founding father) died. people do say they suck. but i love my nj warlock. and im not really into metal that much anymore. i get good classic rock, grunge, and alternative metal tunes with it.
i think they advertize their guitars wrong. because most people arent into metal, and they advertize as a 100% metal guitar. but anywho, i really like the way mine feels. i also wanna check out the new nj classic eagle. it looks hot. i saw meatloaf over the summer (yes i know, u can laugh), well, 2 summers ago.
the lead guitarist (whom i looked up, named paul cook (i think that was his last name)) who is actually a pretty well known metal player was using a custom mockingbird. one of the most beautiful guitars ive ever seen (i was 2nd row). the sound was just sick. esp ltd deluxe ec-1000 (amber sunburst) fender mim standard strat peavey classic 30 johnson j-station original ibanez ts-9 (not in use) dunlop crybaby (sometimes in use) yamaha f-310p acoustic taylor 410 acoustic "This ain't no ballet-we want people to listen with their eyes closed,to just let the music come inside them and forget their wordly cares..." Duane Allman "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr.
Suess My favorite guitar is the Mockingbird. I think that you have to be careful about what guitar you pick from the lot of BC Richs. They arent very consistant on quality, especially on the lower models.
Its just a matter of finding one that you like and changing the pickups(Ive never played a BC Rich pickup I liked and I play just about everything). Also, BC Richs are definitly not "Metal-only" guitars. The pickups that come stock in them are(they arent good for metal even IMO).
I have various mockingbirds that I have set up for different things and they all do the job(whatever it may be) right. It really just depends what one you happen to pick up.
There's something scary about the chesswood bodies, too... you're right about that but not every imported has a chesswood body. The platinum and Platinum pro series are agathis and the NJ now is made of Mahagony so i don't really know where it's used at the moment As for Custom Riches: They Rule !!!!! Also Riches are as versetaille as any other guitar after upgrading the Pups(I have a triple of EMGs on my custom which mybe be weird but with the splitable 89 in the middle it has great variety) - 03 B.C.
Rich Custom Shop Stealth EMG 81(n)/89(m)/60(n) - 04 Malmsteen Sig. Strat DMZ HS-3(b)/YJM(m)/YJM(n) - 05 Line 6 Variax 700 - 08 Schecter C-7 Hellraiser Blackout N/B - 04 B.C. Rich NJ beast(Speedloader) SD Dimebucker(b)/Full Shred(n) - 99 B.C.
Rich NJ Warlock SD Dimebucker(b)/Full Shred(n) - Clarity(by Johnson) Ovation Copy - Takamine acoustic(not sure abut year and model) -Engl Sovereign 100 Vintage 1x12 Combo + Engl Pro 4x12 (V30s) It is really pretty. I'm a big fan of the old style Rich guitars, prior to Jackson making them. I found them to be extremely playable, comfortable and nice sounding, albeit expensive, instruments.
After Jackson started making them ("NJ series" stands for "New Jackson series") in the early 90s, they seemed to lose something. The platinum series however, seem to be a fairly well made guitar.I have NO idea who told you that Jackson / Charvel ever produced BC Rich guitars, but he was severely misinformed. "NJ" stands for "Nagoya, Japan", where the first run of BCR Imports was ever produced. These were great, but from there on it went downhill with the Imports IMO.
The first run of platinums with their MickeyMouse-Floyd wannabes and noisy pickups were made of better woods, but in all other aspects just a low end/ low quality as the Platinum and Bronze series today. And this never changed, at least not so that I´ve noticed. (Agathis = pine = Better suited to RC-planes or chopsticks than guitars) The few Neckthru Imports that I´ve played in the last 2 years or so were all mich metter guitars, but they didn´t really "do it" for me, something was missing that I couldn´t specify.
Or more, there were multiplel minute things that bothered me, and they amassed into "not for me". Others may feel different, but I was left with the feeling that other companies make better Imports for less A USA BC Rich on the other hand is on par with Jackson, PRS, Hamer....all the "higher end" / "Quality is our prime directive" companies, beautiful and wonderful sounding axes with great playability for the most part.
i saw meatloaf over the summer (yes i know, u can laugh), well, 2 summers ago. the lead guitarist (whom i looked up, named paul cook (i think that was his last name)) who is actually a pretty well known metal player was using a custom mockingbird.
one of the most beautiful guitars ive ever seen (i was 2nd row). the sound was just sick. Paul CROOK OK, here is the lowdown on BC Rich: 1. ANY USA BC Rich built from 1974 to 1985 is the epitome of a beautiful, great playing handmade guitar.
2. Avoid the Class Axe era built from 1989 to 1993, subpar at best. 3. Most USA BC Riches bult from 1993 to 1999 (before Berni Sr. died) were really good, but don’t have the same feel as the older BC Riches (That’s my 99 Mock in my avatar). The neck profile from that era is closer to a Jackson.
4. AVOID the new USA BC Riches!!!!! HHI (The company that owns BC Rich now) doesn’t even have a custom shop, the guitars are “ghost built” and HHI will not say who is building the guitars. They took the custom work from Bernie Jr. due to “quality issues” and the quality has been spotty at best ever since. In addition to that they are shipping with loose truss rods, flawed paint and bad fret work, etc. HHI may know imports but they can’t run a custom shop to save their lives.
They have basically killed BC Rich. So, stick with the 74 to 85 or 93 to 99 era of USA BC Rich and you should be able to find an excellent guitar. Cheers, CJ
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