B. C. Rich B-38 Brazilian Rosewood Dreadnought
This is a hand built clone of
a Martin dread built by Bernardo Rico in his California
workshop in the late 60Ős or early 70Ős. The general
wisdom is that the initial 5 in the serial # denotes a
1975 build, but that is inconclusive. ItŐs hard to know as there are no
records of the amount of guitars he produced or the exact dates he produced them. His workshop was never a big factory outlet like Gibson, in fact when his father started he was a violin repair man. He left his son all the stock of wood: premium woods, aged Brazilian Rosewood, now illegal to even buy, German Spruce, old Ebony and Mahogany slabs.
So this guitar is a copy of a mid-sixties Martin-It has a solid Brazilian Rosewood back (4 piece) and sides, Ebony fretboard, solid spruce top, bound neck, back and sides. The braces are hand rubbed and scalloped. Note the aged patina on the spruce, closing in on around 50 years; money can't buy that, only time. Please note this guitar is made in the Los Angeles, USA ... it is not made in Japan. As one owner remarked, it would have a J-45 for breakfast. The only thing that is in the same league is a Martin of the same vintage (not a 70Ős one with Indian Rosewood-you only have to look at the grain to see the difference).
When I acquired this instrument, it
had the typical fretboard crack caused by the one-piece
mahogany neck with Spanish heel. It also had a nameplate
attached in order to cover some fairly deep indentations
in the spruce that seem to have been lacquered over at
some point. This plate and
other stickers were removed.
Solid German spruce top
Quarter sawn solid Brazilian Rosewood sides and back
25 1/2' scale length
1 5/8" nut width
Solid ebony fingerboard and bridge
Tortoise pick guard
3 /32" string height at the 12 fret
Abalone dots on bridge pins