BC Rich Electric Guitars...
Heavy Metal To The Core

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BC Rich electric guitars are known for their outrageously extreme and angular shapes. They also have a reputation for being designed primarily for Heavy Metal playing. Many think that they are practically useless for anything else. Anyone who thinks so couldn't be more wrong if they tried. The reality is that despite the outrageous Heavy Metal looks of most BC Rich guitars(there are some relatively conservative-looking models) they are versatile guitars capable of handling any musical style you want to use them for.

A Seemingly Unlikely Source...

Bernie Rico, Sr
Approx. 1976

Bernie Rico, Sr
It seems unlikely that someone whose background was basically Flamenco and Classical music would design outrageous Heavy Metal guitars. This, however, is exactly the case with BC Rich electric guitars. Bernardo "Bernie" Chavez Rico was an accomplished Flamenco player, who from the early to mid-1960s constructed Flamenco guitars exclusively.

In the late 1960s Bernie began trying his hand at manufacturing electric guitars. These early electrics(and basses) were insired by Gibson's Les Paul electric guitars and EB-3 bass guitars. It was recorded that 10 of each were produced. Today very few of them still exist and it isn't certain that the number of guitars said to be produced actually were.

The Birth of BC Rich electric guitars...

The Seagull

The Seagull
It's difficult to precisely pinpoint events in the history of BC Rich. Production and official release dates usually do not coincide and many prototype models were usually made prior to production. As is true of most artisans, Bernie's work was driven more by passion than concern for a time clock.

Bernie founded BC Rich around 1972. At first, Bernie produced very high end acoustic guitars. He branched out into electric guitars after being asked to repair the broken neck of Bo Diddley's legendary Gretsch. BC Rich electric guitars was born. Around this time, Bernie introduced his first original design, the Seagull.

The Eagle

The Eagle
In addition to being very successful, the Seagull hinted at the BC Rich designs to come. Although not as radical as later designs, the Seagull featured a single cutaway with small points on the body. The Seagull also featured a true neck-thru-body design which is common to very high end electric guitars.

In the mid 1970's, BC Rich introduced the Eagle, a design similar to the Seagull. The Eagle is still in production as of this writing.

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