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The original model had a pointed reverse headstock, whereas the 21st Century version has a regular pointed headstock.These guitars are made completely of acrylic and their bodies are transparent, making the electronics inside visible. Some models used custom battery-powered active electronics – pickups and tone controls inside the guitar.Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) was known to use the ten-string variant of the Bich throughout the early 1980s, although with the four additional strings removed. The Warbeast was also produced exclusively with the "3-in-line" headstock design, and with Floyd Rose bridges included as standard, except on the cheapest models.The guitar was reportedly pawned, without Mustaine's knowledge, by Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Poland, which led to his dismissal. Designed by Joey Rico in 1983, the Ironbird gained some popularity amongst heavy metal guitarists, including Trey Azagthoth of Morbid Angel.
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The design was moderately successful, but many players bought it for the body shape alone, and removed the extra strings. All Bich variants are hardtail guitars with through body necks and two humbucking pickups.
The ten-string models differ from each other in finish and control details.
They also had very thin spruce tops that sounded nice but were known to crack and move from 1/16" to 1/8" into the soundhole if too much string tension caused the neck to fold into the body.
Because they didn’t have an adjustable truss rod, the guitars were often brought in later to have the fretboard removed and a truss rod installed.
The "Moser 10" models have an "M" inlay on the headstock, compared to the HHI/BC Rich "R" headstock inlay.