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1986 BC Rich Mockingbird Bass Vintage Electric Bass w/ P-Style Pickups & Varitone, Black, Japan NJ Series


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Up for sale, a 1986 B.C. Rich Mockingbird Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A rare Japan market exclusive model from the NJ Series (Nagoya, Japan), this bass has a commanding, powerful tone with rich sustain and a myriad of tonal options. The original pair of high output split coil Precision-style pickups offer double the thump and heft with intense tonal sculpting available. Controls include 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. The bass can sound muscly and defined, and engaging the preamp pushes your rig to its limit for mean grind. The bass weighs 9lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with a fresh set of 45-100 roundwound strings.

The neck has a slender C-shaped profile at the nut with moderate shoulder and easy playability in every register, measuring .785” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard features large dot inlay and pristine stock jumbo fretwire. The bass plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is a full 34”, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The peghead features vertical pearloid BC Rich inlay and set of chrome BC Rich-branded tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The original Patent Pending and serial number stickers are intact on the back of the headstock.

On the body, all electronics function as intended, with clean black knurled knobs, a chicken head Varitone rotary selector, and series of mini toggle switches. On the heavy-duty chrome bridge, the strings anchor into a particularly thick block, and the saddles are equally robust. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes some requisite scuffing in the pick path, with light marks and a few small finish chips relegated to the body edges, and modest buckle rash on the back. In contrast, the neck profile has an exceptionally clean and smooth matching gloss finish.

A gigbag is included.