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1970s Bernie Rico (B.C. Rich) B-45 Dread


Soundboard: Sitka Spruce
Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Neck: Honduran Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony


Body Style: Dreadnought
Bracing: Forward X
Neck Profile: Standard
Headstock: Traditional
Cutaway: None
Scale Length: 25.5"
Frets to Body: 14
Nut Width: 1 9/16"
Width at Bridge: 2 1/4"
Body Depth: 4 5/8"


Inlay: Diamonds
Headplate: Brazilian
Tuners: Imperial-style
Binding: White plastic
Backstrip: Abalone
Rosette: Abalone
Purfling: Abalone
Pickguard: None
Nut: Bone
Saddle: Bone
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Electronics: None
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Case: Hard



Here's one you don't see every day. No, scratch that. Here's one you probably will never see again! This dreadnought was made by Bernie Rico, the luthier who built under the B.C. Rich name and who is the father of the B.C. Rich electrics. McCabe's music store in Long Beach was owned by a man named Jeff Simpson in the '70s and they carried the original handmade B.C. Rich acoustics. This guitar was made either as special inventory or a gift for Jeff as the label states "Dedicated to Jeff Simpson of McCabes guitar shop". There's also a message written on the underside of the top. A pretty Brazilian rosewood set and hundreds of small abalone pieces inlaid in the top, back, and sides to give the guitar the full D-45 trim package make this one a real eye-catcher. There is a repaired top crack running from the bridge to the binding on the top and two stable cracks in the back. Overall, the guitar is in very good condition, especially considering it's had 30 years or so to age! The neck appears to have been reset and the action and playability are great.

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