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1980 B.C. Rich Eagle Bass, Koa Neck Through Vintage USA-Made Bass w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1980 B.C. Rich Eagle bass in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. A rare B.C. Rich produced during their golden age of USA-made production, the Eagle is 100% original save for a replacement Varitone sourced via original BC Rich luminary Neal Mosher. Tonewoods include neck through koa construction with carved koa body wings and a slab ebony fingerboard, yielding a detailed, smooth natural acoustic quality with exquisite sustain. With a full 34" scale, pair of split coil P-style pickups, and an inimitable control array, the Eagle is an elegant tool for stage and studio use.

Strung with 45-105 roundwound strings, the Eagle's vast controls deliver everything from broad thump to aggressive grind. Comprehensive tone-shaping controls include an active Preamp Boost, six-position Varitone, Phase switch, and Dual Sound mini toggles. The bass weighs 8lbs 11oz, professionally setup with easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece koa neck has heelless construction, allowing for unencumbered access to the Eagle's full 24 fret range. The neck profile has a moderately chunky C-shaped carve with generous shoulder in every register, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The thick slab ebony fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which have tons of meat, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-6 and playing cleanly up the 34" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features a rosewood veneer on the face and inlaid "R". The stock Grover tuning machines with wavy clover buttons have clean chrome plating, offering smooth, reliable performance. The back of the headstock has a hand-stamped 83-prefix serial number and the serials in this era outpaced the production year by a few digits (this bass was purchased new in 1980, which is consistent with the 83 serial range).

All of the electronics function as intended, with the largely original wiring harness fitted with a modern Varitone (original Varitone circuitry also included). Hardware includes the stock Badass bridge, and the original knobs are intact too. The thirds of the koa body are separated by thick maple stringers, and the bass third of the koa body features heavy curly flame figuring, along with some unique figuring central to the neck profile. Cosmetic wear on the gloss finish is limited to some small nicks on the bass-side body horn on top and lower bout on the back, with an area of buckle rash on the upper bout. The neck profile gloss is very smooth and nigh flawless save for just a couple tiny marks behind frets 11-12.

The original black tolex B.C. Rich-branded hardshell case with fitted interior is included.