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❌SOLD❌ BC Rich Mockingbird Bass Natural, 1980


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Here we’re looking at a BC Rich Mockingbird Bass from 1980, in largely original and complete condition and with active electronics.

Introduced in 1976 and built until 2009 through a number of company ownership changes, the BC Rich Mockingbird Bass featured neck-through construction, dramatic body styling, a Badass bridge made by Leo Quan, two sets of DiMarzio model P pickups, and custom active electronics designed in-house by Neal Moser. The original “Badass” bridge as used here is no longer available, but the Badass II, a lower profile model, is sold by Allparts.

These were wildly advanced features at the time, and dramatic improvements over what was available from the major builders like Fender, Gibson and Rickenbacker. When The Twelfth Fret opened in 1977, many of our touring and studio player customers used them to access sounds that were not previously available. They sparked a number of other builders and brands – JK Lado Guitars was one, located in Toronto – and many amp and service techs started building active boosts and tone controls.

This BC Rich Mockingbird Bass is largely Maple – a Mahogany version was also available – with Walnut separating the center section and the body ‘wings’, and the fingerboard and head plate are Indian Rosewood. It is in overall good condition with light wear. It has a huge range of sounds from the 11-position active Varitone and boost, plus the phase reversal and coil tap switches.

Sold with a hard shell case.


Price: $2,250.00 CAD $4,500.00 CAD
  • Model: Mockingbird Bass
  • Year: 1980
  • Finish Natural Gloss
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 80842, built during 1980 in Los Angeles CA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 19/10/2022

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Instrument Weight: 9.742lbs 4.42kg
  • Scale Length: 343in 836.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.616in 41.04mm
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