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1985 CONTE JAZZ SEMI-ACOUSTIC


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Brand: B.C. Rich
Model: FA-1201 Conte
Type: Set Neck, 6 String
Year Built: 1985
Made In: Japan
Serial #: n/a
Case or Gigbag: Original Hard Case

DESCRIPTION: This is one of those rare BCR jems that do not come around too often! The Conte FA-1201 guitar was a second production off the original Conti Jazz guitar from 1983 that started a controversy between Bernie Rico and Robert Conti (see story below). This guitar is the 1985 Blue Conte (note the 'i' was changed to 'e') jazz semi-acoustic. Hand carved high quality spruce top, mahogany neck, bound ebony fingerboard, famous BCR cloud mother of pearl inlays and ivory nut. These were handmade in Nagoya, Japan, and are of top quality craftsmanship. Almost all original, the only change looks to be the input jack. The guitar plays and sounds beautiful and has a feel like no other. Comes with original hardshell case. Only a handfull of these guitars were ever made, and I have only personally seen about 6, including the one owned by C.C. DeVille of Poison, as seen in the last picture, taken from a Guitar for the Practicing Musician article.

Thanks to Allan (DemonX), Lorne and the BCR Players Forums for help with the info on this page.

If interested please read the Info Page to understand all our policies and procedures. If you are ready to buy, then shoot me an email at evilgreco@aol.com - THX!


The BCR Jazz Guitar Story (The info below was taken from an old internet site run by M. E. Minarik and was written from his point of view, not mine):

THE RICO SIDE OF THE STORY
One afternoon in 1999 Bernie Rico Sr., was responding to me in a conversation regarding a request I made of him to build me a hollow body jazz box. He pulled out an old catalog, from the late seventies/early eighties and opened it up.
There was a pic of a Conti hollow body. It was exactly what I wanted. So he said "one day" he might make another hollow body. He continued, "I made this guitar, and called it the Conti to honor him, Like a tribute to him."
"But when he found out he said, How dare you use my name without asking me!! I'm going to F*@#in' sue you!"
"So I said to him, I did this to honor you!! You don't like it!! Fine, then F*@# you!!!"
Then Bernie told me that eventually everyone cooled off, and they made a deal to make the Conti 8 of today. This was a personal conversation between Bernie and Myself that was one of many Great stories he told me that cemented the fact I will be involved in music forever.


THE CONTI SIDE OF THE STORY
In 1981 Robert Conti was asked by a young fellow if he could help him get a BC Rich at a good price. Robert called Bernie, and arranged that deal. Apparently during that conversation, Robert made an off the cuff suggested that Bernie make a hollow body jazz guitar. In December of 1994 Robert was alerted to an article in guitar player magazine from a reader who wanted to know what this Conti BC Rich was that he had read all about. Robert had never even heard of this guitar until that day!!! Robert had his attorney Fax Bernie and Bernie Responded via Phone. Robert said his Attorney "may have had words with Bernie" but does not recall any profane shouting between him and Bernie at any time.
The next month in January at the NAMM show 1995 Robert walked into the BC Rich booth and walked up to Bernie and said hello. Bernie said,"who are you?" Robert replied, "I'm the guy whose name you put on your guitar without asking".





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