In Seagull and earlier accoustic period (~1975), there are 6 digit S/N. YMMNNN. NNN means production number. 508112 means 75 August 112th model. After 1976, hand made in U.S.A B.C.Rich had been marked 5 digit serial number that was begining from 76000. 76000 means 1st built in 1976. In early days, B.C.Rich manufactured less than 1000 pcs. of guitars per year, however in late 70's, at most 2200 pcs. of guitars are manufactured per year. So, this 5 digit is not available over the 1000, the year digit went faster than real age. The 87688 Mockingbird was built in 1983. The 82369 Mockingbird was built in 1979. The 80219 Eagle had been puchased in 1978. The Record is avalable from B.C.Rich(but I couldn't get them ...).
All serial number are unique thru all models( Eagle, Mockingbird, Bich and Bass guitars). There are no same serial number guitars between different models. The bass guitars are 15% of all Rich.
There are known birthdays as follows.
Here is the production information per each year (Special thanks to Mal Stich).
1976:300 guitars. Moved from Bernardo's Guitar
Shop on Brooklyn Avenue to Valley Blvd and became B.C. Rich Guitar Company.
There maybe between 10,500-11,000 guitars from
that period you guys call The Golden
In this term, so many handmade B.C.Rich guitars were sold to Hollywood Music Store in L.A and Tokyo Japan (owner: Hiro Misawa). This is the reason why so many "Special" vintage B.C.Rich guitars are in Japan.
Some old guitar shop have a mistake to show their
birthday. They're thinking 81xxx was made in 1981. The real age is about
made in 1978.
Vintage B.C.Rich Maniacs!