Mockingbird Pro X
unregistered, on march 16, 2010 9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 765
Purchased from: BULLDOG MUSIC
Features: New for 2010 is the BC Rich Mockingbird Pro X w/ Archtop, Neckthru design, Sleeek 'n' sensual Satin finish, original Floyd Rose trem, Grover tuners & EMG pickups... This guitar's design is a personal dream-come-true as I have been looking for an archtop, neckthru Mockingbird w/ an Original Floyd Rose for years on Ebay without any luck... Made in Korea, the quality of the work is excellent on this 24 fret, 24 5/8" ebony fretboard...
The active EMG pickups sound superb & the original Floyd Rose is the industry Standard for trem effects & the bound body, neck & headstock along with the Satin finish create a smoooth, sleeek & sensual feel to a grrreat guitar.. Came with fitted BC Rich case that works really well & fits snug! // 10
Sound: The sound of the EMG's is not as hot in their output as other pickups BUT the sound quality is really clean 'n' clear with a very hypnotic tone... Especially goin' thru smaller tube amps [Mesa Boogie Studio .22, Marshall Studio 15, etc] as monitors... Very quiet humbucker pickups with a full sound! They could've made the pickups push/pull for more tonal variety. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: Factory setup was poor = very high action... But easily adjustable action... The guitar itself is solidly made without any flaws in the craftsmanship = made in Korea has improved thru the years! // 10
Reliability & Durability: Neckthru solid construction for live performing... All hardware seems solid & satin finish is sleeek 'n' sensual to the touch = very inspiring! // 10
Overall Impression: In my opinion, this Mockingbird Pro X model is a destined to be a classic collectable design for Rock / 'Metal guitar... I am a pro guitar player with a choice collection of great "tools" [they're tax deductable! ]... I actually bought 2 [yes 2! ] of these Pro X's to have the other as a backup = I consider these excellent investments as the Pro X has quickly become my main stage axe & to have the exact same guitar as a backup is what I prefer for live situations... As I said, this guitar has been a dream come true for me as it's specs & appointments are my preferences [like building a custom guitar for under $ 800-! ]... The Satin finish was an improvement on my dream as I LOVE the sleeek, smoooth, sensual feel of this finish on the body & back of the neck which makes for a much more "Intimate" involvement with playing... This Mockingbird compares favorably to the ol' Slash Mockingbirds- especially with the archtop body 'n' satin finish! In conclusion, I feel like a guitar I have dreamed of for years finally has been created & sells for under $ 900 all day on Ebay... My life just got mo' bettah! Try one? // 10
Mockingbird Pro X
unregistered, on april 20, 2012 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Price paid: £ 750
Features: The Mockingbird I tried was very nice, it was my friends whom let me use it for a short duration just to try it out, he payed 750 for this guitar. It features 24 frets on a ebony fretboard and a lovely black finish contrasting with a gold binding and gold hardware including a nice gold floyd rose original. The body style is really nice and smooth, something I would not expect from a B.C. Rich. It features an EMG 81 and 85 active pickups with two volume and two tone controls along with a three way selector switch. The body is mahogany, as is the neck. It is a neck thru construction which offers nice and easy accessibility to the upper frets. It features nice Diamond shaped inlays. All in all a nice guitar, set up well and built to last. // 9
Sound: The EMG 81 and 85s in combination with the mahogany body and neck provide a nice heavy sound, ideal for metal and rock. There isn't really much to say about this guitar, it has a warm, thicks sound, but I didn't really find it to be anything special. Both pickups work very well and will suit your metal needs, they play clean pretty well too, but I wouldn't recommend this guitar if you play a lot of songs that aren't anything like metal or rock. // 8
Action, Fit & Finish: The action on the guitar was nice, but it was no better than any other guitars I have owned for much cheaper. The ebony fretboard is very smooth and fast, and the pickups were adjusted well. I saw no flaws with the guitar (i.e. cracks, splits, any other physical damage). I was expecting a better action for the price paid for this guitar, but I was left somewhat disappointed, however it was still a nice guitar to play. // 8
Reliability & Durability: I'm 99% sure this guitar would withstand live playing, the hardware will last nicely. If I were to use it without a gig I would use it without a backup, however I wouldn't really use this guitar for a gig as it is not my style of guitar despite it is a rather nice guitar; however personally a prefer a less fancy guitar. I think the finish will last, it seems like a well build guitar and very reliable. // 8
Overall Impression: This guitar is suited well for rock and metal, I never got the chance to really get a detailed experiment with anything clean other than just a few songs but the songs played sounded okay. I wouldn't recommend this guitar for any songs other than the various types of metal and rock. There is nothing I really love about this guitar but nothing I really hate either. When I compared it to my 350 Washburn WM24PROE I felt as if the Washburn offered the same if not a better action and sound. I wish the Mockingbird Pro X was a bit cheaper. It is a nice guitar, but I think it should cost more around the 500-600 price range as I think a hefty 750 is a bit too much for this guitar. // 8
Mockingbird Pro X
hdspringer98, on january 22, 2013 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 748
Purchased from: Ebay Store
Features: I purchased the Black Burl/Black burst 2012 Floyd Rose version. It's truly stunning and gorgeous to look at. It's solid mahogany body with an ebony fret board, neck thru construction. Jumbo frets. The binding is like some sort of pearl, it's amazing and adds such a touch of class. EMGs on it. It is heavy, weighs as much as LesPaul.
For me, the best feature is the DUAL ACTION Truss Rod. I'm always concerned with neck-thru guitars developing back-bow or some other neck issue. Not with this one! The dual action truss rod is the about the best way to insure a trouble free rock solid neck. This feature alone sets this guitar apart from my others.
If you don't know what that is, it means the truss rod can apply pressure in two directions where a single action only adds pressure to counter the string tension. A dual action can work with the strings to fix back bow if you ever developed that issue. // 10
Sound: Great tone from the guitar, while I prefer PAFs the EMGs are quite good if I back 'em off a bit. I'm playing through an old Peavey Classic 50 410 and a Line 6 M9 stompbox modeler. Also have a Peavey Vypyr Tube 60. It sounds fantastic clean or crunched or on super high gain. Very flexible. Giving a 9 only because I prefer PAF to active pups. I will say the active pups are dead silent when not playing, very impressive. The tone is well balanced with the mids a bit scooped (EMG trait). The tone and volume pots work well and don't suck the tone out when lowered. // 9
Action, Fit & Finish: This is the best part. This is one high quality instrument. It came from the factory set up decently. The frets were perfect and level, no dead spots at all. The Floyd was level and action was decent. I swapped the 9's for 10's, added a spring to the Floyd, adjusted the neck relief, leveled the Floyd, reset action and did intonation. It came out fantastic, very smooth and fast, easy to play. Had I not swapped the 9's for 10's I would have only tweaked intonation and action.
I have .010 neck relief, action set to 5/64 on the low E at 15th and 4/64 on high E. The fit and finish is of the highest quality. Way better than I expected. I expected it to be nice but this really set the bar higher. My baby is my 21 year old Les Paul Standard and this Mockingbird is right there with it. // 10
Reliability & Durability: While I haven't had this very long I can tell it's one rock solid guitar and very well constructed. I even brought it to my local luthier friend to check out. He loved it and couldn't say enough about the build quality from the factory (Korea). Everyone who sees it is blown away. Congrats to BC Rich and their Korean factory. Now, I can't say what you'll get if you buy the down market $300 version of the Mockingbird but I can say the higher end Pro X is built with great care and Precision and rivals USA Gibson LP Customs without a doubt.
I fully expect to have this guitar forever and hand it down to a family member when I'm too old to play. I suspect this could become a real classic, clearly not to the level of the originals from the late 70's but it will be worth something more than I paid in 20 years for sure. In a way I don't want people to buy this guitar because I want it to remain a good secret but then again this guitar is too nice not to share. The Dual action truss rod is the greatest insurance against long term issues. I wish all guitars had that feature. // 10
Overall Impression: I play classic rock so this guitar is perfect fit. Been playing for 32 years. My only improvement would be for BC Rich to make the exact same guitar with a PAF option but if you're a metal player then the EMGs are your ticket. If this got stolen I'd be upset and would 100% have to get another. It plays so smooth and has great sustain. The REAL Floyd stays right in tune no matter how brutal I get with it. The Floyd is a pain in the butt to do a set up with but if you invest the time and have patience you'll be rewarded.
My other guitars are:
- '92 Les Paul Std
- 2011 Ibanez Prestige SV5470
- 2007 Greg Bennet Royale Semi Hollow customized with 57 Seth Lover PAFs from SD
All 3 are fantastic and each is unique in tone and the Mockingbird is a great compliment. I had to buy it from an eBay store with a good reputation because no local stores or big name stores had it. If you find one, try it.