Re: Dating B.C. Rich Guitar info

Posted by The Body on Wed, 08/06/08 - 11:04:09.

I've just came across a similar situation. I just received a Mockingbird w/Kahler Trem, 1 hum, sideways "R" on a six-in-line headstock with a "U09xx" serial number. Small, raised "U". Very wierd, and there's NO info on this anywhere I can find. Would GREATLY appreciate help. I was told that it's a 1986 USA, but that's all I got. Thanks!!!

: I have a bc rich iron bird and i cant get an answer from anyone. It has the sideways R on the headstock kahler trem and its a one piece not bolt on neck. the serial number dosent match anything ive ever seen its 1028u. The u in the serial # is raised and smaller than the numbers.
: Please if you can find anything out and email derectly i would appreciate it

: Thanks Lenny

: : In the year 2000, they changed to the letters "BO" (Bolt On) and three digits (B0XXX), which was the actual production number, but there was no number stating the year the guitar was built. The import guitar models before November of 2000 have a serial number starting with the letter "F", the USA models do not.

: : F7XXXXX (1997)
: : F8XXXXX (1998)
: : F9XXXXX(1999)
: : F0XXXXX (2000)

: : In November of 2000 B.C. Rich implemented a new date stamp format for serial number coding of it’s imported models. . This started on the January 2001 models. All B.C. Rich models, both imported and usa handmades implement this same year time date stamp and guitar production number format:

: : 121XXXXX first digit = year of manufacture
: : second digit = means nothing until double-digit years get here again
: : third digit = quarter of manufacture
: : digits 4 thru 8 = production number

: : Current US-made B.C. Rich serial numbers follow the same year and guitar production number format. (example - serial number #24123 was the 123rd guitar made in 2004)

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BC Rich Bich Calibre

Hi, I have a Bich Calibre that has a serial #85000238. This is supposed to be an in between import and hand made U.S.A. guitar. The electronics are cheap to say the least and I've had a ton of trouble making it sound right! I replaced the nut and bridge and now I'm going to change out the pots to CTS and orange drop cap. I'm wondering if I got a counterfeit guitar. It does have the R (guitar shaped) logo on the headstock and Schaller tuners. It also has the nice thick quilted maple top. Did the Czech builders use crappy pots and does this serial # reveal anything? Any help here would be greatly appreciated!

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