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1981 BC Rich USA Eagle Vintage Neck Through Guitar, Near-Mint w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1981 B.C. Rich Eagle in collector-grade, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This exceedingly clean vintage USA-made Eagle has all the hallmarks of this early boutique builder, known for pioneering neck-through-body construction with evocative body shapes, heelless neck joints, and complex, versatile control arrays. This Eagle was produced in Rich's golden age, when the company's principal architects were all on-board, including luthier Neal Moser, VP Mal Stich, and of course company founder Bernie Rico Sr.

With solid maple neck through construction (maple body wings, rosewood stringers) and premium features throughout, this Eagle has a bold acoustic response with plenty of clear treble attack and exquisite sustain, qualities faithfully captured by the pair of DiMarzio humbuckers. Pickups are the classic B.C. Rich pairing of a Super Distortion (bridge) and a PAF (neck). The Super Distortion is big and bold, with a midrange bump that translates to huge chords and a liquid, singing quality for lead work, taking gain notably well. The PAF is throaty and sweet, with a clear midrange and an ideal balance of warmth and articulation. The versatile control array includes a Master Volume, three-way pickup selector, Preamp Volume, Preamp On/Off switch, 6-position Varitone, Phase switch, Dual Sound neck pickup switch, Dual sound bridge pickup switch, and a Master Tone control to round things out. From thick churning high gain to spanky, sparkling cleans, this Eagle covers vast tonal ground. Weighing 8lbs 6oz, this Eagle has been professionally setup here at Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Slender C, measuring .815” 1st fret, .920” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, 24-fret, diamond inlays
-Frets: Medium jumbo, faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 5/8”, bone
-Tuners: Grover Super Rotomatics
-Headstock: Rosewood veneer, “R” inlay
-Serialization: 81-prefix stamp on back of peghead

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple body wings, rosewood stringers
-Pickups: DiMarzio PAF, Super Distortion
-Harness: Untouched solder, original 500K pots, active electronics powered by 9V battery
-Hardware: Leo Quan Badass wraparound tune-o-matic bridge
-Plastics: Reflector knobs, chickenhead knob (Varitone), cream pickup surrounds

Sure to satisfy the most ardent B.C. Rich collectors, the gloss Natural finish exhibits only a couple tiny nicks and faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.