What BC Rich Mockingbird is this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PSchwarz34, Jun 25, 2021.


  1. PSchwarz34

    PSchwarz34

    Jul 15, 2020
    Hey bass friends!

    I recently purchased this Mockingbird and am having a tough time figuring out the year of the bass. There is no serial number. It has two varitones on it, which the ones from the late 70's seem to have. Also, this bass has a "Keller" pre-amp installed on it. Is anyone familiar with that brand? No google search has been successful on it.
     

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  2. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I can't help with identifying it. But it looks AWESOME! Are the trim rings around those pickups stock?
     
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  4. PSchwarz34

    PSchwarz34

    Jul 15, 2020
    I don't think so? This was a consignment from a store in Maryland. It sounds great, but I wanna know the particulars on it as well.
     
  5. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Nice shorty!
     
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  6. 9c1ny

    9c1ny Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2008
    this is the one Atomic Music had
    it's a early 1977 after they transitioned from dual humbuckers to the standard DiMarzio DP122's of the era, the bezels are original and were used for a very short time frame as many people didn't find them aesthetically appealing
    electronics aren't original in this one if I remember correctly, the switch configuration is but the circuit would have been a 'bread board' style from the era
     
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  7. PSchwarz34

    PSchwarz34

    Jul 15, 2020
    Thanks man! You are 100% correct on the place. The electronics were swapped out for the Keller I believe, but I have yet to find any info on that brand. Must be lost to time I guess.
     
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  8. Gluvhand

    Gluvhand Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2014
    Rockland County, NY
    Are you sure it’s “Keller” and not “Kelling”? I know for sure they make harnesses and pretty sure they do preamps.
     
  9. rashrader

    rashrader

    Mar 4, 2004
    Baltimore, MD
    That’s a beauty!! Congrats!!
     
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  10. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    I remember those things. Remember, the right combination of switches launches the missiles. Careful with that.
     
  11. PSchwarz34

    PSchwarz34

    Jul 15, 2020
    It might be. I’ll actually have my hands on it tomorrow, maybe the innards will have a brand that’ll answer the mystery. I’m also keeping the possibility someone told the shop a “Killer” pre-amp and they misheard!
     
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  12. 9c1ny

    9c1ny Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2008
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  13. 9c1ny

    9c1ny Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2008
    Here's mine
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  14. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Another reason for no serial number is the replaced headstock. It has a spliced in headstock where the stock handmade basses and guitars were always solid.
     
  15. 9c1ny

    9c1ny Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2008
    I can't seem to find the listing on this one but remember it had some sort of HS repair

    Lacking a serial number is not super uncommon , I've owned a few
    Also it was very common for the neck cores to have been just a tad short in which case they added an inch or two to the end of the blank, usually in the area that would be stamped with the serial
     
  16. PSchwarz34

    PSchwarz34

    Jul 15, 2020

    It's a replaced headstock. It's real solid though, I wouldn't have noticed it unless it was said in the listing. It's in great condition. Some buzzing every now and then which I'll have looked at, but it sounds amazing with tons of bite to the tone.
     
  17. 9c1ny

    9c1ny Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2008
    Post up a few pics especially of the circuit :)

    Glad to hear you like it
     
  18. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
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