Born from the mind of a classical and flamenco style guitarist come the most aggressive looking guitars on earth -- thank you Bernardo Chavez Rico.
Bernie Rico learned the ins and outs of the luthier trade in his dad’s Los Angeles based production facility, Bernardo’s Guitar Shop. He honed his expertise building a variety of string instruments- classical & acoustic guitars, flamenco guitars, and banjos.
Bernie didn’t build an electric guitar until 1968, he was 27.
After a few years of experimenting his first original production model debuted in 1974, the Seagull, alongside the company’s new name- B.C. Rich.
This was followed by the Eagle in 1975.
Continuing the avian nomenclature the Mockingbird came out in 1976. The edgy design courtesy of Johnny “Go Go” Kallas, combined with progressive circuitry by Neal Moser was destined to make this a world class guitar.
Plus a little help from Joe Perry, Dick Wagner, and Lita Ford…
The rest is eye-liner, glitter and glam.
1978 Mockingbird Specs: Maple or Koa body, Heel-less neck through, Rosewood fretboard, Mother of Pearl cloud inlays (Supreme), DiMarzio humbuckers, 2 volume, 1 tone control, Six position varitone control, Built-in preamp with booster switch, Two dual sound switches