B.C. Rich N.J. Series Mockingbird Custom “Ryojin” MIJ Electric Guitar (1980s, Art by Michael Bond)


B.C. Rich N.J. Series Mockingbird Custom “Ryojin” MIJ Electric Guitar (1980s, Art by Michael Bond)



Man, oh man! This guitar is the “everything but the kitchen sink” of 1980s shredder guitars. What we have here is a 1980s B.C. Rich Mockingbird N.J. Series with a literal mountain of upgrades. The N.J. Series guitars were made in Japan, and are widely regarded as some of B.C. Rich’s best stuff.

When I got this guitar, the body was stripped, so I thought this would make a great second collaboration with Michael Bond. Michael is incredibly talented, and I am very lucky to have met him. He purchased an electrified parlor guitar from me, and we got to talking about collaborating, and this is the second work he has done for me. You can see/buy the first one here.

Michael has been showing his art since 1996, and has been featured everywhere from California to Connecticut. He specializes in “Mindscape” art, and you can see more of his work, and read his very impressive resume at artistmichaelbond.com.

Needless to say, I am not only selling this guitar as a fully playable electric guitar, but as a work of functional art that would be just as suited for the art gallery wall as it would be for the stage. The artwork is protected by a clear coat, so this guitar can be played without worry. The guitar includes a custom made hangtag paying tribute to Ryojin, the dragon deity that rules the sea in Japanese folk lore.

Now, on to the technical stuff:

  • This guitar sports an alder body and a white painted mahogany/rosewood neck.
  • The bridge is a LEO QUAN BADASS wrap around bridge.
  • The pickups are super rare 1980s Gotoh make, high gain humbuckers.
  • The tuners are original MIJ B.C. Rich.
  • The pots are vintage 1980s CTS.
  • The switch and jack are vintage Switchcraft.
  • The nut is bone.

As you can see, this thing is fully loaded to be a power metal machine! It plays great and the action is super low and comfortable. This is really a killer guitar, and would be perfect for all your hard rock and metal needs.

As always, I cleaned it up, polished the finish, flushed the electronics, changed the strings and set the action as low as I could. This guitar is proudly strung with Stringjoy Custom Guitar Strings, made right here in Nashville, TN.

This guitar comes with a deluxe padded gig bag. I always pack my guitars tight and ship with full insurance, so you can buy with confidence! 

Got questions? Shoot me a message, I love nerding out with other gearheads!

More pictures available upon request.

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