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BC Rich porn

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Metal Mitch, Jan 7, 2004.


  1. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    NJ
  2. :eek: Imagine what one could do with all those knobs and switches!

    Care to explain them?
     
  3. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    NJ
    Here you go.

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  4. Thanks a bunch.

    Wow... I wouldn't know what to do with that much control. :D
     
  5. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    I dig the blue one ALOT. Really nice. Although, I like to use my 4th string.
     
  6. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Ooohhh, love those Eagles!

    Drool, slobber, pant, pant...

    The BC's have an excellent reputation in the metal and hard rock world, but for some reason haven't caught on much elsewhere.

    I think part of that has to do with the design philosophy of the electronics. Two things especially: the "boost" circuit tends to create distortion, which sounds great with an SVT but probably isn't appropriate in the world of jazz and funk (where "dynamics" are more important).

    Second, the "varitone" circuit is very interesting. What it actually is, is a switchable midrange filter, that takes out a selectable segment of your midrange tone. Electronically, it's a coil in series with a (selectable) capacitor, connected between the "hot" side of the pickups and ground.

    This creates some absolutely superb sounds with a vintage tube amp, like a Sunn or something, or even an Acoustic 370, but with "modern" amps like SWR's or something it probably won't be all that useful.

    What I've done, several times, is to change out the electronics.

    IMO the BC Rich's offer some of the most excellent workmanship and craftsmanship that one can find, and I love the feel of the neck, it's perfect for my hands and my playing style.

    In the final analysis, again IMO, that's what really matters in a bass. All that other stuff (pickups, electronics, etc etc) is tweakable. But you can't really alter the fundamentals of the wood and the way the instrument is made.

    Anyway, great pics! Those are some nice basses.
     
  7. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    NJ
    Hey, thanx for the excellent post nonsqtr. It's cool, I still have an Acoustic 370 :D
     
  8. Who needs a moldy bridge?:confused:
     
  9. nonsqtr

    nonsqtr The emperor has no clothes!

    Aug 29, 2003
    Burbank CA USA
    Here's a couple of mine.

    I'm not really a guitar player, I just dabble (for recording purposes mainly).

    The Mockingbird has custom electronics, the Eagle is stock.

    The Marshalls are in the other room. :)
     
  10. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Yet another opportunity to show off my '79 Mockingbird
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  11. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    I really love these basses - totally under rated. I put the build quality against many of the current boutiques...and these are 20+ years old!

    Here are my Rich's - an '82 all bird'seye maple Mockingbird....
     
  12. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    ....and this is my '77 Eagle Supreme. I just finished installing Gibson TB Plus humbuckers in here and it's killer. I'll get a new pic this weekend...
     
  13. Jaco only needed 3 knobs.
     
  14. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Awesome BC Riches BassClef!
     
  15. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    :D
    Most guys only need a nice pair of knobs ;)

    Actually the BC RIch only has 3 knobs, the rest are switches. The one switch that could be mistaken for a knob is actually a rotary switch.
     
  16. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    Thanks Jive1.

    I waited a while before I got a Rich and both of these came up within a week! Had to have 'em and good thing...haven't seen anything like them since...:cool:

    One added note: the Eagle came without the original varitone. I got a new one from the man who originally designed it. He also sells a lot of vintage BC Rich parts. Check out:

    http://www.nealmoser.com

    He's the guy that was building these beauties with Bernie Ricco during the 70's and 80's. A nice guy to deal with and a real fount of Rich information. He also does restorations along with building his own custom guitars.

    P.S. As it happens the varitone does not work well with the TB Plus pickups so I pulled it. Just not voiced as effectively for the Gibsons as it is for DiMarzios. I'm running them passive for now - I may add a Bart BTC pre later.
     
  17. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    NJ
    Somebody really likes birdseye maple, eh bassclef? Nice! I've never seen a Rich modded for those pickups before, kind of startling at first but it looks cool. Thanks for the link, I like the way he has "please enter" strategically positioned ;)

    Anybody else see this catalog piece up on ebay? Looks like someone backdoored it.

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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2370960595
     
  18. Oliver

    Oliver

    Jun 21, 2003
    Perth, Australia
    those are nice,
    what do BC Rich's sound like? anyone?

    might have to get one
     
  19. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Absolutely killer! I love it.
     
  20. DEVILMAN

    DEVILMAN

    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    ...hey, FWIW, Anthony Jackson doesn't have ANY knobs...feast or famine...

    @Mitch: Remember Ron Deo's(Incantation/Diciples) red Mockingbird with the whammy on it, killer bass! Sorry I don't have any pics of it...