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BC Rich Chuck Schuldiner Tribute Stealth

The BC Rich Stealth was designed by Rick Derringer in 1983. It has gone on to become an icon of musical instruments. It is probably best known because of Chuck Schuldiner of the band Death.

Initially the list price for the standard model was US $1,390.00, while the handcrafted version goes went for circa $4,200.00.

The guitar features an alder body with B.C. Rich Stealth shape, a maple neck with an ebony fretboard, neck-through construction, Grover Mini Romantics tuners, 24 jumbo frets, a 25-5/8 inch scale length, a wraparound bridge, 1 volume knob, chrome hardware, and a black Dimarzio X2N bridge pickup. These specs are identical to those on Chuck’s main Stealth guitar.

As it appears to be, this guitar targets extreme metal enthusiasts. The X2N is one of Dimarzio’s popular high-output pickups, which works great when playing on high-gain settings. It’s dual-blade pole pieces provides an even sound, with a lot of sustain. It’s tone is ideal for thrash and death metal, giving clear distortion and loud harmonics when playing fast riffs, palm-muting, or playing alternate-picked licks On a clean setting, the pickup’s output seems fairly moderate, however it tends to produce some overdrive when strumming hard, but this obviously isn’t a concern for people interested in such a guitar.

Not only does this guitar sound like a metal guitar, it looks like one as well. At fist glance, the guitar’s radical shape makes it seem heavy or uncomfortable to play, however this isn’t the case. The sleek, yet clever design of this guitar makes it light, and very comfortable, almost as if it were begging to be played. The neck is has the same Onyx black finish as the body which gives the guitar a nice plain look. It isn’t thin, but not thick either, instead it’s just somewhere in between so it feels great. The cutaway makes it easy to access the upper frets without any hassle.

This guitar has metal written all over it. It was built as tribute to one of the biggest icons in metal, matching his primary guitar’s specs all the way through; it’s stripped down to be a straightforward and powerful metal machine so it’s recommended for metal guitarists only.

Specs for the hand crafted model
Construction: neck through
Body wood: alder
Top style: bevel top
Tuners: Grover Mini Rotomatics
Fretboard: ebony
Frets: 24 jumbo
Scale: 24 5/8”
Bridge: Wrap around
Pickups: Dimarzio X2N
Controls: 1 volume
Color: onyx

Some blurb from the BC Rich initial launch / brochure 2008
As the singer, rhythm/lead guitar player and main songwriter of the band Death, the late Chuck Schuldiner has been hailed as 'the father of death metal.' B.C. Rich pays tribute with two appropriately named guitars.

Like the guitarist who inspired them, both the handcrafted and standard B.C. Rich Chuck Schuldiner Tribute Stealth guitars mean business. Both models feature neck-through construction, alder bodies, ebony fretboards and a single Dimarzio X2N pickup to reproduce the same tones that was easily identifiable as "Chuck's" tone.

According to B.C. Rich Product Director Rock Clouser, "We designed the Chuck Schuldiner Tribute Stealth with great care. We wanted a guitar that can proudly represent Chuck's legacy and his indelible mark on guitarists and the death metal genre. Although Chuck owned many B.C. Rich guitars, this black, single-pickup Stealth was probably the most recognizable B.C. Rich that Chuck played. We're very excited to offer the Tribute Stealth as well as a handcrafted version. Chuck was a great person as well as guitarist and we're very proud to be a part of his legacy and to assist his family while doing so."

The Tribute will be available late summer (2008). Orders are currently being accepted for the handcrafted Tribute Stealth. A portion of the proceeds of each instrument goes directly to the family of Chuck Schuldiner.

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