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This system was used for the guitars distributed by L. In the late '70s as production grew, the serial numbers begin to get ahead of themselves since only 1000 numbers were available in a series.
As with the previous serial numbering system, the serial number does not indicate when a guitar was finished, or when it was shipped, but the day the guitar’s body was assembled.
In other words, a guitar with serial number "84532" could have been made in 1982 or 1983, not 1984 as the number would suggest. Also, at some point in 1999 or 2000 the "Made In The USA" below the script logo disappeared on most of the guitars built. Rich models, both imported and USA handmades implement this same year time date stamp and guitar production number format: Current US-made B. Rich serial numbers follow the same year and guitar production number format.
In the year 2000, they changed to the letters "BO" (Bolt On) and three digits (B0XXX), which was the actual production number, but there was no number stating the year the guitar was built. (example - serial number #24123 was the 123rd guitar made in 2004) View a complete range of electric guitars over at PMT Online.
If it is a USA model, it will say "Made In The USA" on the headstock just below or beside the B. The neck plates were pre-stamped and pulled out of a box at random when it was time to install the neck onto the guitar or bass. Rich instruments and also used the "BCXXXXX" numbering scheme as well as "RXXXXXX" for it’s imported models.
The Bolt On guitars serial numbers started with "BC" followed by five digits (BCXXXXX). Class Axe did make some USA instruments of very good quality.