As should have become apparent by now, nothing is ever easy when it comes to Paul and his vast array of guitars and in Houston, TX on March 10 there appears a second B.C. Rich Eagle. This one has the same specifications as the first Eagle except that it came with Schaller M6 tuners and that the paint job, although similar, is of an animal I have not had the pleasure of laying eyes on. The color scheme is the same on both but #1 has a more natural "spotted" leopard print while #2 has a "streaky" kind of pattern (as seen in this comparison). The March 10 appearance is the first dated one I know of but it's perfectly possible that is was along for the ride as a backup before then.
In 1982, some time between the failed attempt of credibility that was The Elder and the beginning of promo work for Creatures of the night, Paul got a few new guitars. Suddenly B.C. Rich had entered the fold and the obvious question is: why? The answer is probably as simple as recommendation. Bob Kulick had played on all of the new tracks on the recent release Killers and at the time he was a fan of B.C. Rich guitars. In the 1982 B.C. Rich catalogue he is listed among the "friends" of B.C. Rich meaning the people who played their guitars. Bob was personally fond of the Bich model, using a 6-string koa version on stage with Meat Loaf in 1978 (see the performances at Rockpalast and The Old Grey Whistle Test and be on the lookout for Bruce) and later sporting a hideous light purple Bich while backing Diana Ross on the Tonight Show in 1981. Whatever else can be said about Bob it is clear that Paul respected him as a musician considering their long history and it's not far-fetched to believe that he also respected his opinion on guitars.

Although originally working out of Bernardo's Guitar Shop which was owned by his father, Bernardo Chavez Rico started experimenting in building guitars along with partners Bob Hall and Mal Stich in the early 70's. Under the name B.C. Rich their Seagull model hit the market as a production model in 1974. It's important to understand that B.C. Rich wasn't really a custom shop, all their guitars were based on a standard selection of models that could be had in various versions. What they were, were hand made. Bodies, necks, fretboards and electronics were all made on site while most of the hardware was, at least initially, from other manufacturers. The tuners were Grover Rotomatic Imperials, pickups were usually DiMarzios, and the bridges were Leo Quan Baddass. With the introduction of the 10-string Bich in 1977 the Quadmatic bridge was introduced, mainly out of necessity.

Apart from crafting high-end hand made instruments a big selling point to the B.C. Rich were their electronics. Almost ridiculously elaborate they allowed the user to control almost every facet of the sound.
Now, Paul may have been impressed with the build quality and the playability of the B.C. Rich guitars but there were two things he did not like about them. "I remember sitting down with those guys and going, 'What the hell is this crap?! Your guitar looks like a coffee table and it's got too many switches!' A good guitar needs a volume and a tone and if you can't get what you're looking for out of that, you need a new guitar." (Vintage Guitar 1997) Needless to say, Paul got his will.

Paul's B.C. Rich Eagle has a few standard features. The tuners are Grover Rotomatic Imperials, the bridge is the all-brass Quadmatic, and the truss rod cover is brass. Also a standard feature, and a first for Paul, the Eagle has 24 frets. The pickups, however, are EMG 81's and the electronics have been greatly simplified looking more like the relatively simple layout of the import (and lower-priced) NJ series which was introduced in 1983. (NJ, coincidentally, stands for Nagoya, Japan and has nothing to do with New Jersey.) Keeping with the "creature" theme of his guitars for the 10th Anniversary Tour the Eagle looks nothing like a coffee table and a whole lot like a leopard.

The better part of the photo session on October 28, 1982 is devoted to the B.C. Rich Eagle and most of the "live" shots in the 10th Anniversary Tour tour book feature the guitar. It is also the guitar during the brief run of promotional playback "performances" in Europe during November and December. The photo on the left from Rome, Italy shows Paul "playing" the unison bends in I love it loud, a job he had to undertake since Ace obviously wasn't even aware what song they were playing and couldn't even fake the rhythm parts.
The 10th Anniversary Tour tour book also introduced Paul's second B.C. Rich: a black Mockingbird with gemstone "trim" running the length of the body. (These gemstones actually line up very well with the maple "stripes" that flanked the neckpiece on the koa Mockingbirds.) Paul's Mockingbird was probably made out of mahogany since that had been his wood of choice for a number of years and it was offered for the model. Much like the Eagle, the Mockingbird features EMG pickups, Grover Rotomatic Imperial tuners, the Quadmatic bridge (chrome-plated) and simplified electronics. Unlike the Eagle, and quite unlike the standard Mockingbird, Paul's version had binding on the neck and headstock and parallelogram pearl inlays on the fretboard.

The photo by Bernard Vidal on the right (as seen in the tour book) does seem to show humbuckers with pole pieces but since the pic isn't good enough to say for sure and the version of the Mockingbird that went on the road had EMG's I'll just say that there were active pickups from the start and leave it at that.
 
Staying briefly with the Mockingbird it seems to have been used mainly as a backup during the tour and the photos showing it are relatively scarce. It first shows up in Vinnie's hands in Toledo, OH on January 8. Now, there are quite a few shots of Paul playing the guitar but precious few (that I know of) are properly dated. We know that Vinnie played it quite a bit in the early stages of the tour - he's seen with it in Toronto, Canada on January 14 and again in Syracuse, NY on January 18 - but the only dated appearance of the Mockingbird in Paul's hands isn't until Biloxi, MI on March 18. All things considered he has to have played it before then despite traveling with six guitars.

One thing to mention about the Mockingbird is that it is completely unchanged throughout this (and the next) tour. Even the Imperial tuners stayed on despite Paul's apparent love for the Schaller M6.
 
The Eagle had the enviable task of opening the show for the better part of the tour. Although the #2 Hamer Standard does show up wearing a capo for a show or two, the Eagle was first choice for the opening number as can be seen in the photo on the right and in Toledo, OH on January 8. Should video be your preferred poison the footage from the show in Montreal, Canada on January 13 will show the same thing.

That said, the Eagle did handle some additional duties without a capo. As this photo from Toronto, Canada on January 14 shows, Paul it here and there without a capo. It even logged some time during the latter part of the show, seen here during the "tank finale" in Black Diamond in Norfolk, VA on January 25. Paul also soon decided that the Grover Rotomatic Imperial tuning pegs weren't to his liking and they were replaced by Schaller M6's. Earlier photos from the tour are inconclusive as to whether the change occured sooner. The Imperials were definitely still on the guitar during the European promo tour late 1982 and the switch could have happened before the tour began.
 
Thankfully the unmasking didn't do much to alter Paul's basic guitars. Eagle #2 seems to get a little more stage time during the American leg, even being brought out for his "solo" spot before Gimme more on occasion, but it is still the backup along with the Mockingbird. As for Eagle #1, it shares the main duties with the Hamer Vector and just keeps doing its job. As far as I can tell there are no changes to either Eagle over the course of the Lick it up Tour.

The Lick it up Tour also saw the start of an endorsement deal between Paul and B.C. Rich, his first since the split from Ibanez. In the tour books for both the European and American leg of the tour this ad appears and in the 1984 Japanese B.C. Rich catalog both Paul and Bruce is listed among the artists playing B.C. Rich.
Since Paul was pictured with the Mockingbird in his first ad it was only fitting that it also made the trip to Europe. It doesn't seem to get much use at first, the Hamers and the Eagles are the favorites, but from Malmö, Sweden on November 20 and in Denmark as seen on the left it features prominently. For photos from Malmö consult p. 110-111 of KISS i Sverige. The Mockingbird is still completely original, even retaining the Rotomatic Imperial tuners that Paul quickly removed from his #1 Eagle.