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1987 BC Rich ST-III Custom BN NJ Series Vintage Electric Guitar Red, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1987 B.C. Rich ST-III Custom B.N. electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. From the first production run of the sought after NJ Series (short for Nagoya, Japan), this rare bolt-on B.C. Rich is crafted with the utmost skill and attention to detail, easily competing with its US-made counterparts. This straightforward shredder features a hot Red gloss finish and stock pair of pickups designed for cutting articulation and high gain crunch. The neck pickup is a ceramic magnet single coil that offers a nice balance of sparkle and low end fullness, while the bridge position is modeled after the Dimarzio Super Distortion with a high output ceramic magnet design, providing a powerful midrange push. This ST-III Custom B.N. weighs 7lbs 12oz, professionally dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender D shaped profile with prominent shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .745” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and stock jumbo fretwire. The frets are in great shape with their full height and well-rounded crowns, showing a touch of uniform wear exclusively on the 2nd fret, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The scale length is a full 25 1/2“, and the locking nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. The matching headstock features chrome “Made in Japan” tuners and the serial number sticker is intact on the back.

The simple electronics work as they should, with a Master Volume knob and a mini three-way toggle selector for the pair of pickups. The stock full-sized Japanese pot dates to 1987. The original chrome hardware has ample shine, and the Floyd Rose Licensed TRS-101 double locking tremolo bridge excels at deep dives and expressive gestures, with light patina on the saddles. The gloss Red finish is incredibly clean, with cosmetic wear limited to faint sticker tanlines and a few light scuffs in the clear coat. The neck sports a smooth clean gloss profile with a few microscopic marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.

A gigbag is included.