NEWS: B.C. Rich 40th Anniversary editions

I first became aware of B.C. Rich guitars when I was a kid. A local music store (Don Jefferson Music or something like that, colloquially known as “Jeffo’s”) had some lower-priced models in their catalogues, which would be stuffed into the local paper before Christmas every year. It wasn’t until much later that I learned B.C. Rich did so much more than just white Warlocks with a recommended retail price of $699. But still to this day whenever I see a white Warlock I think about being about 8 or 9 years old, thumbing through these catalogues, which I would keep for months) dreaming about the day when I could plug in a real electric guitar. Whoa.

Anyway, the point of this post is: look! 40th anniversary limited runs of original B.C. Rich models!

B.C. Rich Marks 40Th Anniversary With Limited Run Of Original-Spec, Handcrafted Guitars
April 24, 2009

Commemorating its 40th Anniversary as America’s premier builder of uniquely shaped, lifestyle-driven electric guitars, B.C. Rich proudly announces a new series of handcrafted instruments to mark the milestone. The special guitars are a tribute to models originally developed by company founder Bernardo (“Bernie”) Rico and are limited to a production run of 40 guitars per model.

The four Handcrafted Anniversary Guitars represent the first original designs offered by B.C. Rich: the Seagull, Eagle, Mockingbird and Bich. Each will receive a 40th Anniversary commemorative logo on the back of the headstock, a special serial number and certificate of authenticity.

All Anniversary instruments utilize Neck-through-Body Koa wood construction, a feature rarely seen before B.C. Rich came on the scene back in ’69. This method maximizes sustain and helps maintain the long-term structural stability of the instrument. Bodies are crafted of solid Koa with Maple accent stripes (“stringers”) on two models and utilize DiMarzio Dual Sound pickups.

Additional design details include the classic B.C. Rich Diamond fingerboard inlays (Snowflake design on the Seagull), Grover Super Rotomatic tuners and vintage Cal Rad knobs.

“The 40th Anniversary Series lets us pay tribute to our original designs with these retro-inspired models,” said Rock Clouser, product manager for B.C. Rich. B.C. Rich Anniversary Series instruments each have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $4,200.00.

For more info, visit http://www.bcrich.com/.

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NAMM 2009: New Kerry King B.C. Rich

For those into the growlier side of axemanship, check out the new 2009 Kerry King Beast V model from B.C. Rich.

The Beast V combines the Beast and Speed V body shapes (kinda like the Gibson Zakk Wylde ZV, which combines the back of a V and the front of an SG. For more information, see Dean Splittail).

The Beast V NT have neck-through construction, active B.C. Rich pickups and a Khaler Tremolo. The standard Beast V will have a string-through/tune-o-matic bridge setup and B.C. Rich B.D.S.M. humbuckers.

I met Kerry about 7 years ago at a CD launch party for Machine Head, who were supporting Slayer on an Australian tour. Once upon a time I was way into Slayer, so I marched over to him and said “Hey man, it’s so cool to meet you, I used to play ‘Dead Skin Mask’ in my high school band.” He looked me up and down and said “Yeah, but I bet you didn’t play it right.” What? Here I am meeting a dude I rocked out to big-time when I was 15, and he was cussing me out? I shot back “Dude, I could show you how to play it right.” I immediately realised the folly of what I’d done: though he’s shorter than me, he’s shorter in the way that a pitbull is shorter than a standard poodle. As the terrible reality started to sink in (preceding in short order, I was sure, the sinking of Kerry King’s fist into my temple), I quickly changed the subject, telling him I was excited about the following night’s Slayer/Machine Head gig because I’d never had the chance to see Slayer before, as I grew up in a small town a million miles away from anywhere they’d ever played. He said this was no excuse. At this point I bade him farewell and shuffled off to chat with some dudes who ran a metal show on public radio – while keeping one eye on Kerry King, lest he send his Slayer-fan minions to pummel me in the parking lot.

(In the interests of correct linkage and good manners, which do matter very much according to Kenneth Graeme in Wind In The Willows, I read about the new guitars on Blabbermouth but they got the news from Gearwire.)