B.C. Rich BCR6N

B.C. Rich unveils a new line of acoustic guitars, with the dreadnought style BCR6N being the flagship model.

B.C. Rich BCR6N

Although they are mostly known for affordable electric guitars with distinct body shapes, B.C. Rich actually started as an acoustic guitar builder. The company's new acoustic guitar line is a nod to their humble beginnings, and their attempt at going back to their roots.

It is said that the very first guitars that Bernie Rico crafted in the early 1960s (under the B.C. Rich brand) were all acoustics, a stark contrast to the company's current reputation as a builder of rock and metal music friendly electric guitars.

This new release signifies the company's renewed interest in the acoustic guitar market, starting with five new models. Interestingly, the new acoustic guitars follow traditional design and shapes, unlike the usual unique looking designs found on their electric guitar line.

Former executive Vice President Mal Stich shares, “When you walked into Bernardo's the first thing you saw was wall to wall guitars hanging from the ceiling like birthday party balloons. There was a glass counter with strings, picks, guitar parts and accessories. Behind the counter was a window and you could watch the guys making guitars. But, the coolest thing was that there were always flamenco and classical players jamming. I remember the Flamenco players firing at each other with riff after riff. Bernie's father, Bernardo Mason Rico, was always sitting in his chair next to the Coca-Cola machine while friends and neighbors, even the postman, stood spellbound listening to the music.”

The BCR6N is the current top-of-the-line model to come out of the series, featuring solid spruce top supported by modern X scalloped bracing while the back and sides are crafted from rosewood. Being the flagship model, the company did not pull their punches when it came to cosmetics, as evidenced by the white binding with abalone purfling on the body.

The neck is crafted from mahogany and finished in gloss. It is carved into a modern C profile, and is topped by a rosewood fretboard. Scale length is 25.5", nut width is 1.69" and fingerboard radius is 12". The neck has a total of 21 medium jumbo frets and it meets the body at the 12th fret. Real abalone inlay clouds serve as fret markers for your fretting hand.

For plugging in, the guitar comes with Fishman Sonitone Active Electronics. It has discrete soundhole mounted controls that let you adjust the Under Saddle Transducer for tone shaping. Other features of this guitar include dual action truss rod, bone nut, Grover Rotomatic tuners, rosewood bridge and gold hardware.

The BC Rich BC6RN is currently retailing for around $525. For more information, and to check out their other guitar offerings, head over to BC Rich.

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