BCRich Eagle Rescue

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Engle, Jun 26, 2020.

  1. Engle

    Engle Supporting Member

    A guitarist friend decided he’s never going to get around to this project, so it’s up to me:
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    Someone went a little overboard when stripping off that Robin’s Egg blue paint!
    I am surprised at how light it is. The body/neck is 5lbs 14oz.

    The serial number is long gone, but we think it’s an 82-84. Any help here would be appreciated!

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  2. Engle

    Engle Supporting Member

    The hardware on the other hand....yikes!
  3. Engle

    Engle Supporting Member

    Gotta do some research. Are these Dimarzios?
    Holy electronics!
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  4. Gary_M

    Gary_M Where's that confounded bridge? Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Northern Indiana
    I’ve always loved the older BC Rich stuff. I assume this is an older one anyway...

    What is your game plan for it? Can’t wait to see it come back to life! :thumbsup:
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  5. Engle

    Engle Supporting Member

    The first order of business will be to find a socket to loosen the truss rod nut. I think I may have to grind a socket down:
  6. Engle

    Engle Supporting Member

    Smooth it out, and probably do a Tung Oil finish. I’m going to put the electronics back to stock if I can. I’m not a fan of gold anyway, so it will probably get Hipshot Ultralights. I’ll have to see about the bridge. I have a Badass 1 on the Tbird I built. I might use that bridge and put a 2 piece bridge on the Tbird.
  7. Excellent! The Schaller M4S lightweight tuners are a direct drop-in. At least they were on my '76, and your tuners look the same.
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  8. JIO

    JIO Scott Lives Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
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  9. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Yes, stock these came with Dimarzio's. You can still get a repro wiring harness from the man himself:

    Full Vintage BC Rich Eagle Bass Electronic Circuit, pre-wired with dropped volume control.

    A Badass I would also be period accurate (bonus points if matched with the "S" shaped wavy Grover tuners), though it seems common to find them with the unbranded bridge/tuners as well.

    Never owned one myself, just stalked enough Reverb and TB classifieds ads to have accumulated some useless knowledge.
  10. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie

    Aug 21, 2013
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  11. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Is this bass owned by a dude in Lethbridge?
  12. Really needs some more finish work, but congrats those were great basses.
    I'm guessing it was black at one point.
    And yeah early 80's would be the right time frame.

    So get sanding!
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  13. Whil57


    Aug 7, 2013
    Long Island
    I thought the older models the serials were stamped in, so something should be left, where as the later models they were just painted on.
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  14. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    @Engle there appears to be lots of sealer still on the body, so plenty of sanding will probably be in order.

    Cool bass!
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  15. Thundar

    Thundar Supporting Member

    DUDE! This is stoopid cool! Why don't my guitar player friends ever give me vintage BC Rich basses?
    Wait, I know the answer, nevermind ;)
    It's beautiful....CONGRATS!
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  16. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    The rotary switch for the preamp is broken/"FUBAR'd"...but it appears to be common type that should be easy to replace.
  17. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Looks pretty cool
  18. Engle

    Engle Supporting Member

    No I’m in Vancouver
  19. Engle

    Engle Supporting Member

    Neal Moser replied on my post in the BCRich FB group, that I should send it to him to restore!
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  20. Engle

    Engle Supporting Member

    No it was that blue colour you can see in the PU cavities. My buddy remembers it before the original owner stripped it.
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