Mastodon_66, on june 11, 2007 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Features: The Masterpiece Bich is not short on looks or features. This bolt on guitar is an arch top with AAA quilted maple veneer. It is scaled to 24 5/8 with 24 jumbo frets and has a Rosewood fingerboard with block inlay. Additionally it has a string though body with a tune-o-matic bridge and two chrome covered humbucker pickups. // 10
Sound: Great for metal guitarists, it can rip out a wide range of rich quality sounds from acoustic to distortion. It can give a peaceful acoustic tone great for any intro, or a meaty riff great for any song. I use my Crate half-stack cab set, and it sounds amazing, and always blows people away. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: Everything that it comes with was near perfection, it took only two minutes for me to get the sound that I wanted out of this guitar, and the Chrome pickups pick up every sound that you want to hear. I've had this guitar for almost a year, and I have yet to find any flaws with it. // 10
Reliability & Durability: This guitar has lasted through many gigs without failing. I've dropped it a couple of times, and it always has come off unscratched, the fret board has remained strong after many sessions, and buttons are solid as a rock. Everything in this guitar is quality. // 10
Overall Impression: This guitar has pulled off Slipknot, Rammstein, and Mastodon near perfection. I have been playing for 5 years, and this was my second guitar, my first was an Ibanez GAX30, and the B.C. Rich Bich Masterpiece blows that guitar away. // 10
PoloSG68, on july 24, 2009 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Price paid: £ 280
Purchased from: Dolphin Music
Features: This guitar has...
Construction: bolt on
Body wood: agathis
Top style: deep arched
Top wood: quilted AAA veneer
Body binding: single ply white
Headstock style: traditional 3 to a side
Headstock color: matching veneer and color
Headstock binding: single ply white
Tuners: BC Rich die cast
Neck wood: maple
Back of neck: stained to match
Neck binding: single ply white
Neck profile: Standard BC Rich C
Nut width: 43 mm
Inlay: white pearloid block
Frets: 24 jumbo 2.7mm
Scale: 24 5/8
Bridge type: Tune O Matic
String termination: string through
Pickups: 2 B\.C\. Rich B.D.S.M. humbuckers
Controls: two volumes, one tone and one 3 way toggle
Colors: Sunfire or Dragon Blood
Pretty Standard things, nothing particularly special, mostly BC Rich stock components, very nice looks (although it's mixed view, mine happens to be a more positive one). When it came, it had a jack lead and a Tool to adjust the truss-rod with, which included a manual on how to do this.
The features on the guitar are good enough for anyone Who wants a basic guitar that works well. // 8
Sound: This guitar is very good for anything from rock to metal, and it does other styles, for example funk and blues quite nicely, the pickups sound crisp with quite a lot of top end, it all balances out nicely.
I use this guitar purely through a Line 6 amp, no effects, and it works very well with the amp.
The guitar doesn't make much noise, the pickups are very silent, although two things are a bit annoying with them, is that if you tap the pickup with your plectrum, it does make quite an annoying noise, and also when you use the selector switch, it makes quite a clunk, this doesn't particularly effect anything if your playing quite loud however. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: This guitar was set up very comfortably, only problem being a slight buzz at the 6th fret, which can get quite annoying when playing without the amp, but how much are you acctually going to be doing that?
The string hight was set very well, it's very good to play, very easy, and the (A'ddrio) strings it came with were obviously new, and in good condition. The pickups were set at a decent hight, they have a good output, and don't choke the strings.
There are some problems with the guitar. The original one they sent me had a chip on the bottom, guessing this either happened in the factory, or at the shop, because there is a hole in the box. The pickups were also microphonic even at a reasonably low volume.
Everything else works fine though, no other problems. // 7
Reliability & Durability: I've played a gig with this guitar, I bought a backup (My Washburn WI24) and I'm thankful to say I never actually used the backup, the guitar worked fine throughout. The hardware is very well made, as about the before-mentioned hole in the box, the guitar bridge also left a dent in the box (not a hole) and it is just fine. The tuning pegs are very good, and keep the guitar in tune very well.
The strap buttons are good, and do a decent enough job of keeping the strap on, however they are placed in quite an awkward place, so you can't wrap your lead around the strap before plugging in (a must before a gig!). The finish on the guitar looks very nice, but is quite scratch prone, I recommended you don't wear a watch or anything else that might scratch the guitar on your strumming hand. // 7
Overall Impression: This guitar is a solid guitar, suits the metal that I play, and can withstand whatever crazy tuning you throw at it (Obviously you need the right strings for the job though!). I've been playing for about 6 years now (4 if you count the years I was actually interested in playing) and I have a Washburn WI24 (I'd give it a 6/7 overall) and a small 10watt Marshall MG amp, my new setup surpasses this in many ways.
Nothing I regret about this guitar, I got what I paid for, this is a very nice value guitar, I reckon you can do a lot worse with about 300, if I did lose this guitar, I'd try to get it back, or maybe get an Ibanez RG if I had enough money (more features). The things I love mainly about this guitar, is the fact it has a very good set of pickups, and the neck is beautiful to play. However I would maybe prefer it if it had some other features, such as a Floyd Rose trem, but that would obviously affect the price. // 9
unregistered, on november 28, 2011 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: £ 260
Purchased from: online
Features: Bought this as a guitar on a whim. I think I was expecting a bit much from this thing. Made in China, agathis body with an aaa quilted maple veneer. 24 fret, rosewood fingerboard with cloud inlays. B.C. Rich tunners, 2 B.C. Rich humbucker pickups, tuneomatic bridge and thru body strings. // 4
Sound: I play anything from jazz fusion to thrash metal so it got put through it all. I'd usualy use a Marshall Valvestate for recording, with the cheap B.C. Rich pickups the distortions were kinda breaking up, clean playing, this guitar has very weak sustain and presence. Replaced the pickups with a pair of iron gear HOT slags I had spare. Now for cheap pick ups the iron gears sound and look a hell of alot better than the stock B.C. Rich. Now it at least sounds ok. // 4
Action, Fit & Finish: I'm not sure it was set up at the factory at all, or they'd have noticed how badly the nut was set into the neck. Tunning keys are naff, replaced with a set of imperials. The action isnt great but with the wonky nut it will do for now. Pickups nearly touching the strings. Intonation was well out. So set it up myself.
Finish! All my guitars no matter the value are on stands, but after 3 days the lacquer came away at one of the joints in the white binding. The electrics seem fine but no doubt in true chinese made B.C. Rich fasion the jack plug will come loose and play up. // 3
Reliability & Durability: I'd not put too much Faith in this for out gigging. Without a backup? I'd be using the koa Bich so wouldn't need one. Bc rich are known for pointy, you'd often see bits chipped and brused, so they do take a bit of looking after. // 4
Overall Impression: I've play Session for over 25 yrs so I cover a wide range of music and playing styles and like I mentioned bought this on a whim, for around 260 I wasn't expecting much, but since this guitar has the "authentic B.C. Rich guitar" stamp on the neck, I did expect something. At least now with Imperial tuners and Zebra Stripe pickups it looks cool.
Favorite feature? Its not much, but the B.C. Rich cloud inlays. If it was stolen? I'd laugh. I guess it not bad for a beginner wanting a cool looking guitar, but if your planning on this as a first guitar save another 100, you can get better new, and second hand... Far better. // 4
unregistered, on july 13, 2012 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: music123
Features: I bought mine in 08, its SN indicates manufacture in 06 somewhere in China. Full 24 frets in a rosewood fingerboard. Agathis body with quilted maple top maple neck. Finish is transparent blue to pick up the quilted maple top. The bridge is a tune-o-matic type sans tailpiece, addressed with string through body approach. It sports traditional passive electronics three position selector switch, double volume and single tone to deal with its chrome covered BDSM humbuckers. All totaled, its a pretty guitar with a good simple and solid interface. // 8
Sound: While this guitar looks full dress metal, it's tonal warmth lends itself better to blues and jazz, though she can still rock when she has to. Through my hand built tube fired amp, by way of a Zoom G2's chorus and reverb, its rather haunting with classical guitar technique. Add some Drive and it's blues. Add more and its somewhere in the classic rock range but comes up a little short for searing leads. The bridge pickup is utter crap while the neck is passable. I intend to upgrade both to a DiMarzio Air Classic neck and a Mo'Jo bridge which seem to be more in line with what this axe wants to be. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: The action of this guitar is rather quick and its out of the box setup was pretty close to right with the exception of the nut, where they cut the low E slot a bit too low which caused some fret buzz in F F#. This may be a deal breaker for those who don't know how to make a new one, or know where to have it done. The metal grommets used in the string through body setup benefit from a little superglue for them to stay put. Easy fix. // 7
Reliability & Durability: I've played this guitar live at weddings, funerals, and many other gigs for 4 years without a backup instrument and its simplicity lends well to its durability. I've had cables fail, power supplies give up the magic smoke. And all sorts of small parts fail in the clutch. But this axe has never been to blame for any failure in its history. // 10
Overall Impression: It has a few minor issues but nothing that cannot be overcome, even on a tight budget. Once its bugs are squashed its a lighter than most gig worthy piece of dependable hardware that wont let you down. It's a perfect fit for anything I do in church with it. It looks metal but its heart is blues and jazz. This identity crisis also lends itself well to the environment. It is as responsible as I for forging an acceptable and proper place for the six stringed razor in a place of worship. It looks like a worst case scenario to the unwashed masses and brilliantly proves them wrong. For the price there is room left an almost any budget to upgrade this good guitar into a phenomenal one. // 9