BC Rich Bich Double Neck Guitars

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Steve Vai B.C. Rich Double Neck Guitar
BC Rich Double Neck Guitar
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BC Rich is no stranger to the wondrous world of multi-neck guitars, though as many different models as they’ve produced no other model has made the leap from one neck to two as abundantly as the Bich model, which is a tad curious considering the Warlock is more of the flagship model under the BC Rich line.

Without further ado let’s see what metaphorical blood, sweat, and tears went into the process of bringing this vision to reality.

The active electronics are separated for each neck, the 6-string being the one effected by most knobs which control built-in preamps and phase effects. The 12-string has basic tone and volume controls. Simple, but effective. Considering as many knobs and switches as there are one would kind of expect a more complicated answer, but no. There you have it.

The body is mahogany with dual neck through technology with Rockfield Mafia humbuckers, ebony fretboards, and Grover Super Totomatic tuners. All of that lathered up in a succulent, red, transparent paint. The 12-string neck is strung up with six strings going through the headstock down to the end of the body.

Steve Vai B.C. Rich Double Neck GuitarWhat really brought the double Bich up to the forefront was the 80s. The 80s and probably early 90s. Back in those days there were several guitarists about letting loose with a double Bich including Lita Ford, Carlos Alomar, Randy Jackson, and Steve Vai, who used a customized double Bich on the Whitesnake song Cheap an’ Nasty. Though the models they used were probably quite different from the more modern models.

As I’d mentioned earlier the Bich, while being the most common model, isn’t the only BC Rich model to have made the, nor is it the first, though it certainly is the most common. In fact pretty much every model has seen the light of day as a double neck, though curiously few have seen the limelight like the Bich model has.

If one scavenges through the internet enough you can find proof of various other models including double neck Virgins, Warlocks, Mockingbirds, and Vs. In fact Kerry King had a double neck V developed, though regretfully the only resource I have to contribute to this article is the memories I have of reading through an old guitar magazine years ago. But make no mistake. It was Kerry King. No way to confuse those tattoos and that beard with anyone else.

Steve Vai B.C. Rich Double Neck Guitar

On top of that there’s a lack of info on the varying other guitars, but BC Rich is typically pretty consistent with their woods and builds, so I feel confident in speculating that alder, maple, and ebony had reasonable say in the makeup. The electronics are pretty much up in the air, though. I also advice against using that as factual information to use on any reports or as verification to resolve any potential debates that may have stemmed up on the topic.

And to offer conclusion on what began as an article about the double neck BC Rich Bich I shall set my tasteless sense of humor aside and spare you all any pun on this guitar’s name as a method of closure to this article, but rather just sort of stop writing instead. That seems more effective.

This is just the tip of the ice berg.  We’ve paid tribute to the multi-neck guitar from quick history lessons to a to the genetic splicing of guitars and other instruments into multi-instrument guitars.  It’s the least we can do to pay tribute to one of the many things that makes the guitar so grand.

Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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