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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.Due to contract issues between Neal Moser and Hanser Holdings, only 16 of the PMS models were produced. Notable early players included Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, Lita Ford, Paul Stanley of KISS (featuring a broken mirror top), Randy Jackson (Zebra), Craig Goldy of Dio and Giuffria, and a young pre-Les Paul playing Slash.These have become highly prized by BC Rich collectors due to the limited production number. Its popularity continues with players such as Slayer guitarist Kerry King.
The original prototype is currently owned by Dan Lawrence. The Warbeast features a more heavily bevelled body, longer body horns as well as an additional horn in the upper middle section. Although these early guitars were reportedly rated higher than new Martins at the time, they had some minor issues. The folk boom led to the shop’s production of steel-string acoustics, which featured Brazilian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce tops, and Honduran mahogany necks with Gaboon ebony fingerboards.Beginning in 1976, the numbers started with the year then the number of production (YYXXX).Since more than 1000 guitars were produced many years, the numbers became increasingly inaccurate through the 1980s, ending up about 4 years behind (i.e. The guitar was introduced as the "Rich Bich" at the 1978 NAMM Show as a custom-order model.