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1988 BC Rich Mockingbird Bass Vintage Electric Bass, White, Japan NJ Series


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Up for sale, a 1988 B.C. Rich Mockingbird Bass from the NJ Series in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. Few basses make a statement quite like a B.C. Rich, and this rare Japanese-made model is a quality build rarely seen outside its country of origin, featuring a bolt-on Stratabond neck with slab ebony fingerboard. 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 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with a fresh set of 50-105 roundwound strings.

The Stratabond neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with well-defined shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges. The profile measures .830” deep at the 1st fret and .920” at the 12th. The slab ebony fretboard features dot inlay and flawless stock jumbo frets that retain their full factory height with well rounded crowns. The bass plays effortlessly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 34”, and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The four-on-a-side peghead features a B.C. Rich logo and chrome set of B.C. Rich-branded tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, all electronics function as intended, with black knurled knobs, a chicken head Varitone rotary selector, and a series of mini toggle switches. Hardware includes a trio of knurled black knobs and a heavy duty chrome-plated top-loader bridge. Cosmetic wear on the White gloss finish is limited to light finish chips and marks mostly relegated to the perimeter of the body. The neck profile is clean with just a few faint scattered shallow marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.

The original fitted B.C. Rich-branded gigbag is included.