Jul 30, 2015 · Think B.C. Rich, and the curves and points of radical electrics like the Mockingbird, Warlock, and Bich come to mind—not to mention the aggressive sounds they typically produce. But the first guitars that Bernardo Chavez Rico first made in his Los Angeles shop in the late 1960s were exclusively acoustic. Even while I said go with the Jackson, the old BC RIch NJ series (when they had the Original Floyd Roses) are very kick arse, and very nice guitars. Last week I played a used NJ series (speedloader trem) at Guitar Center and it was one of the best sounding guitars in the store, past it was stabbing my in the chest. By that point, B.C. Rich had a complete catalog of distinctive instruments, and it wasn't long before overseas companies like Aria were creating B.C. Rich knock-offs. Bernie went into survival mode and flew to Japan with Hiro Misawa to set up the B.C Rich NJ series, which stood for "Nagoya, Japan," where they were made.