BC Rich bass guitars are a Heavy Metal bass guitarist's dream. Their wicked looks and thundering sound are unmatched by any other bass guitar in existence. BC Rich Guitars traces its beginning to 1969 when Bernie Rico first built electric guitars. Bernie started with 10 electric guitars based on Gibson's Les Paul and 10 bass guitars based on Gibson's EB-3. Bernie originally built and repaired flamenco and classical guitars and brought the same high standards of quality craftsmanship and materials required of these types of guitars to his electrics.
To make a long story short, Bernie's designs were radical looking almost to the point of looking like weapons as much as musical instruments. BC Rich also developed their own pickups and electronics specially voiced for their guitars and basses. As a result, BC Rich guitars, including BC Rich bass guitars became favorites with the Heavy Metal musicians of the 1980's and 1990's. Their radical in your face looks and screaming Metal sound make them the perfect instruments of choice for Heavy Metal. I can personally attest to this as the proud(and satisfied) owner of one the first BC Rich WMD Warbeast six string electric guitars made. If you are interested in a full history of BC Rich Guitars, you can find it here.
Over the years BC Rich has produced many killer bass guitars and has remained a favorite of Metal players. That tradition continues to this day. Currently, there are 9 body styles in production including three artist signature models and other variations which add up to a total of 19 models. Check these killer BC Rich bass guitars out and I'm sure you'll find something that strikes your fancy.
This BC Rich bass guitar model combines the timeless style of the Eagle body shape with unmistakable B.C. Rich tone, performance and value. Features include bolt-on neck construction, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard and one P-Style pickup.
The Virgin NT provides a multitude of controls to provide full tonal flexibility.
Add neck-through construction and aggressive looks and this BC Rich bass guitar is one serious sounding bass.
The B.C. Rich Virgin 4-String Bass has a 34" scale and a big-bottomed humbucker pickup.
The Virgin also has bolt-on neck construction, die-cast tuners and a sure-to-get-you-noticed
B.C. Rich Beast headstock. The bass guitar's body is finished in gothic satin black and the
rosewood fingerboard has been upgraded with diamond inlays.
The bass is equipped with factory B.C. Rich pickups that deliver a good solid response across the bass spectrum, eliminating unwanted muddy undertones. The center detent tone pots give bass players a wider range of sweeping tone control providing the maximum low-end clarity and power.
Like most of the BC Rich bass guitars, the 4-string Virgin's body style employs a beveled edge. In many ways bevels on a top are similar to facets on a cut stone. They catch the light and reflect at different angles giving the bass more of a 3-dimensional look on stage.
The 4-string B.C. Rich NJ Deluxe Warlock Bass reigns supreme with its classic B.C. Rich
neck-through design, ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups and Grover tuners. The BC Rich Warlock
bass is designed for those who seek the best in a bass guitar. B.C. Rich is known as one of
the pioneers in Neck-Thru construction.
They use it on many of their bass guitars because it provides the best possible sustain, resonance, comfort, and access to higher frets. Neck-through has long been considered the premium construction method for high-end guitars. This construction starts with premium North American maple runs from the tip of the headstock to the end of the bass. This means that the headstock, fingerboard, pickups and bridge of the BC Rich Warlock NJ Deluxe bass all are mounted to this single sound foundation. Sonically it is a difference you can hear. The neck-through construction also allows B.C. Rich to cut away more of the body and neck at the neck joint which provides comfort that no bolt-on or set-neck could offer.
The EMG 35DC pickup is a product of 30+ years of design experience. Reproducing an extended range cleanly - both higher and lower - taxes the abilities of conventional pickups. In the 35DC, EMG has succeeded in getting this extended range by using an ultra low noise, low-impedance internal preamp, paired with ceramic loaded dual parallel coils that result in an extremely versatile unit that can be used for just about anything from the cleanest highs right down to the dirtiest growling lows.
The Warlock NJ Deluxe BC Rich bass guitar features flat top styling, giving a bold and pristine look to the edge of the instrument's shape. B.C. Rich adds a stripe of single or multi-ply binding around the edge for a striking outline, finishing off the edge cleanly and giving a sleek and clean look to the electric bass. Other appointments on the BC Rich Warlock NJ Deluxe bass include C-neck shape, 24 frets, 1-13/20" nut width, 12" radius, and a gloss finish.
The NJ Deluxe 5 String has all the features and appointments that the NJ Deluxe 4 string has. The addition of the 5th string extends the sonic range of the bass without the need for unconventional tunings.
The B.C. Rich Paolo Gregoletto Signature Warlock Bass is a bass guitar built to rock. With active electronics and dual humbucker pickups, the Paolo Gregoletto signature bass will lay down the groove with ease. Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium demands the most from his BC Rich bass guitar and now you can too.
The 5 string version of the Paolo Gregoletto signature bass has the exact same
features as the 4 string version.
This flat top version of the Warlock comes dressed in black with white binding. The Revenge Warlock sports a bolt on neck, trademark widow headstock, Chrome hardware, and one B.C. Rich humbucker that's guaranteed to rock.
Vortex, the noted Norwegian black metal bassist, is honored with his own signature B.C. Rich Warlock bass.
With the 2 BC Rich Bass Humbuckers and its distinctive blood red Vortex graphic and inlay, this BC Rich bass guitar is as
metal as it comes!
Vortex holds down the low end for the Norwegian black metal super group Dimmu Borgir. With his signature blood red Vortex graphic and fretboard inlay, and active electronics both four and five string models are ready to lay the foundation in true metal style.
Shatter perceptions the way only a B.C. Rich Warlock can with matchless Warlock style and
edgy sound. The B.C. Rich Warlock Bass digs deep with an agathis body, 34" scale bolt-on
maple neck, 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, and B.C. Rich split-coil pickup.
Chrome-finish hardware includes an adjustable bridge and B.C. Rich die-cast machine heads. Also has single volume and tone controls. Add to this the classic 4 In Line Pointed headstock and you have a BC Rich bass guitar which looks the part.
The John Moyer Signature Havoc is built to the exact specifications that John of Disturbed
requires for touring and studio work.
The Havoc Standard is the entry level version of John Moyer's bass.
The Signature 5 string is the entry level version of John Moyer's Havoc 5-string Bass.
The B.C. Rich Virgo Bass body returns with a twist. It now boasts a Celtic flare with its creative Celtic knot inlay on an ebony fingerboard. The Virgo's sleek styling and dynamic visual impact have made it a recent favorite of bass players worldwide. B.C. Rich includes pewter hardware that contrasts with the dark onyx body giving the Virgo Celtic Bass a distinctly neo-retro vibe. This BC Rich bass guitar also sports 2 volume and tone controls with active EQ.
The aggressive and angular B.C. Rich Widow Bass originally introduced as a handcrafted instrument in the '80s is the first to be topped with the Widow style headstock. This 5-string Widow delivers the depth and sustain of a neck-through bass for the player bold enough to play with a wicked Widow!Armed with fat-sounding split pickups, active electronics, and Grover Rotomatic tuners. Nato body, maple neck with ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo frets, and solid neck-through construction give you the best possible sustain, resonance, comfort, and access to the upper frets. Walk out on stage with this BC Rich bass guitar and there will be no doubt about what you're there for.
The B.C. Rich Heritage Classic Mockingbird 4-string bass includes neck through design, AAA quilted Maple top and an ebony fingerboard with cloud inlays. This traditional looking BC Rich bass guitar is equipped with active EQ for greater clarity and punch, one master volume, one treble, one bass and one blend control.
Like the trail of tracer bullets in the night, the trail of silver on the fretboard and body of the Warbeast Trace bass create a stunning show. Special features include an ebony fretboard and black chrome hardware. The Warbeast line of guitars is both aggressive looking and sounding and this BC Rich bass guitar is no exception.
This flat top version of the Zombie comes dressed in black with white binding.
The Revenge Zombie sports a bolt-on neck, trademark widow headstock, chrome hardware,
and one B.C. Rich bass humbucker that's guaranteed to rock. Personally, I think this is one
of the coolest looking of all the BC Rich bass guitars.
My apologies for not giving you links to all the BC Rich bass guitars, but the vendors that I have affiliate relationships with don't have them all in stock. I'll keep my eyes peeled and when they get them, I'll provide links. Or, if I can find other vendors that do have them I'll post links if I can develop affiliate relationships with them.
To sum things up, let me just say that if you are a Heavy Metal bassist and you want a high quality instrument that combines serious attitude with thundering, screaming tone and sound, you won't go wrong with a BC Rich bass guitar.