So, is BC Rich officially dead?

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  1. CapinCripes

    CapinCripes Trem Snob

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    Short of the second coming of Bernie Rico Sr. that family needs to stay far away from anything and everything to do with guitars.
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Sooo, asny info about this?

    Twitter hasn't been updated since 2017, their Instagram and FB are stuck in February, and everything is still showing "NEW FOR 2017" stuff. Hell, the website is still stuck in 2017. :lol:

    Safe to assume either the brand is dead, or at least in a coma? Still no "big announcement" from what I've seen.
     
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    Sometimes, dead is better.

     
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    Yeah, still no word on what the "big announcement" is or was - I've heard nothing but rumors the past week or so - Brian X. Martin has been fired by Praxis, whoever has $2.5 mil can have the company...the whole thing is a clusterfuck as usual.
     
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    I must win the lottery and buy BC rich to turn it into a Daisy Rock clone
     
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    Now I want a pink Daisy Rock Warlock...
     
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    I hope a big company like Fender buys BC Rich. I was really skepitcal when they bought Jackson, but now 15 years later I think they have done a nice job with the brand. Hopefully they (or another big manufacturer) can resurrect the BC Rich name.
     
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    Just not Gibson...
     
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    KnightBrolaire git gud scrub

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  10. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    I don't think any of the really big companies are in a place to buy BCR, and the few who aren't having financial problems don't tend to do acquisitions.

    It would be interesting to see something like what happened with Modulus. A large, successful independent retailer bought them.
     
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    $2.5M? Who set that price? Zillow?
     
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  12. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Well, Thomann could buy them and contract the builds to Warwick...
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    How popular is BCR over in Europe?
     
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    I was kinda hoping that it does go away and then in 20 years my import warlock will be super cool and retro and everyone will want it because it's a Korean model and not Chinese.
    Japanese and American models will only exist in museums.

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    Kinda off topic and also just curious, but where would you go to get a custom neck to fit a warlock? This might seem like a dumb question, but you figure any ol' luthier could measure a neck pocket and make one to match it no problem?

    I'd love to give my warlock a maple fretboard. I can only find them on USA warlocks, I don't think they made any imports with them.
     
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    Warmoth should buy them!
     
  16. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Not very, since what we have is either made in china bad stuff or stupid expensive customs. Given a 7K€ price tag it's one of the last brands I'd recommend, and the used market isn't plentiful. A buddy of mine got a USA warlock recently though, I told him I'd buy it when he sells it.
    To sum up, BCR's market in europe is black metal bands buying a 200€ one for their videos in the forest.
    Given the fact that Thomann are spicing up their Harley Benton line my suggestion was more of a pipe dream than anything else.
     
  17. TonyFlyingSquirrel

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    Warmoth can't afford to. Warmoth is a very small family owned company with less that 100 employees in a lower middle class economy. Having known Neal Moser for nearly 20 years, and his stories about BCR, he often commented about his wonder why anyone would want to by BCR, as it's just a small shop, about 4000 sq feet.
    When people think of "guitar factories", they often think of the size of Peavey or Carvin, not small shop the size of a 3 car garage.
     
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    Nobody is buying BC Rich to take over their building. They would be buying it because of their history, to resurrect the brand and for whatever intellectual property they might have.

    If someone had the money, it almost seems like a no brainer when you consider what the early Mockingbirds and Bich's go for these days. Even Gunslingers are fetching silly money. Hell, even the Korean Retro Gunslingers are fetching more than what they sold for new. Why Praxis couldn't get their shit together and give people what they wanted at prices that aren't ridiculous is beyond me.
     
  19. TonyFlyingSquirrel

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    It wont be Warmoth.
    Warmoth doesn't build "Guitars".
    They build "Guitar Parts".
    And, I know Ken personally as a friend and former employer, and he has no interest in BCR whatsoever.
     
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    I think, sadly, we will be seeing quite a few brands like this just vanish. The guitar building business is floundering right now, so few responsible investors are going to want to dive into the quagmire. As much as I love my BC Rich, I'd rather see the company die with dignity than for them to get bought by some yahoo who will just run what little reputation they have left through the dirt.
     

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