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#1
Alot of people I've talked to say BC Rich guitars suck. I've seen videos of people playing BC Rich guitars on Youtube, and have heard many songs featuring guitarists who use BC Richs models. They sound just fine to me. Is there something wrong with my ear, or do I only think they sound good because I'm a newb? Can I get some feedback on why these guitars are so hated? I was hoping to buy one, but now I'm not too sure.
#2
B.C. Rich doesnt suck at all....plenty of people play them and are completly satisfied....i like playing them....i think because they're affordable people automatically assume they are of cheap quality.
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#4
well pretty much the only good thats in BC rich are their expensive models

(mainly custom shop ones)

Your probably right about thinking they sound good cause your a newbie, I wanted one as my first guitar just cause of the kickass design on the warlock but my dad (whos a guitar beast) said that I shouldnt get it.

I played one at bigdudes and I see why, The fretboard just feels totally awkward. if you put the axe on your lap, it just like crashes down cause most of the time the base is wayy to heavy

Another thing about the fretboard is the E string easily gets pulled over the edge of the fretboard so it makes some wierd kink sound.

Better to start off with an ibanez if your going for the whole metal sound.
#6
I've only ever played one, and didnt like it, it was off balance and was uncomfortable to play (think it was a low end warlock) but thats just my opinion. I wouldnt go up to kerry king and tell him his guitars suck, haha
#7
Ok heres the thing. BC Rich guitars are a typical guitar company whereas you get what you pay for, but most BC Rich guitars are only quality for a price. The only guitars that are any good by BC Rich are the Premiums or the Platinums where you will end up paying over 700$ (and when your spending that much their is already so much better out there.) If our going to spend under 700$ for a BC Rich chances are your not looking wisely, you can pick up many better guitars. Don't look at BC Rich just because they look cool, cuz if u like the looks start looking at ESP or Jackson for some higher end quality pieces.
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#10
BC Rich has the reputation because anything below 700.00 is really poor quality, even the ones above 700.00 are ok quality and there are way better guitars for the price (ESP, Ibanezs).
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#11
They have very good guitars starting from around 500 and up. People hate them because, they dont see appeal in extreme shapes and specs which BC Rich specializes in, or their jumping on the bad wagon saying "BC Rich has bad QC' just because of some manufacturing problems they had in the late 90s and early 00s, which it seems BC Rich hasnt been able to clear its name from.
#12
They're mostly misunderstood. They've definitely cleaned up their act and are pulling a Schecter by bringing more value for the price but sadly their past reputation, their somewhat inaccessible body shapes (they're an acquired taste to say the least), and at times sheer ignorance have kept a lot of hate for the company and their guitars.
#13
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#14
For all of you who are saying that the lower end models are poor quality - go out and play one! The quality of the lower end models has dramatically improved over the past few years.

To TS: There is absolutely nothing wrong with them. They are inexpensive so people assume that they suck. All it takes is one person on the UG forums to say something about a brand and everyone seems to jump on the bandwagon. I doubt 90% of the people on here that say they suck have even touched one.
#15
I almost bought a B.C. Rich a few years ago but I heard a LOT of stories about how easy it was for the pointy bits to get knocked off and poor build quality in general, so I went with an ltd.
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well pretty much the only good thats in BC rich are their expensive models

(mainly custom shop ones)

Your probably right about thinking they sound good cause your a newbie, I wanted one as my first guitar just cause of the kickass design on the warlock but my dad (whos a guitar beast) said that I shouldnt get it.

I played one at bigdudes and I see why, The fretboard just feels totally awkward. if you put the axe on your lap, it just like crashes down cause most of the time the base is wayy to heavy

Another thing about the fretboard is the E string easily gets pulled over the edge of the fretboard so it makes some wierd kink sound.

Better to start off with an ibanez if your going for the whole metal sound.

You're holding it wrong then, my old warlock is the most comfortable guitar ever to sit down with. I sit with it like a would a V with the curve on my left leg and the fins on my right....I've played some great B. C. Riches but I've also played terrible ones...Most of them felt and sounded fine though.
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#18
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Compared to a Hellraiser they are blown away. And I'm not just saying that b/c I have have one, I've played both. Sure you're getting a OFR, but you're also getting a veneer for a top and the inlays on the Hellraiser are awesome. The pups aren't very impressive IMO either compared to an 81/85 set.
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Compared to a Hellraiser they are blown away. And I'm not just saying that b/c I have have one, I've played both. Sure you're getting a OFR, but you're also getting a veneer for a top and the inlays on the Hellraiser are awesome. The pups aren't very impressive IMO either compared to an 81/85 set.


Ehh I'll have to disagree here, I like that mockingbird a lot more than the Schecter C-1 esp, the pups, of course I really dislike active pickups for most applications, so that may have something to do with it. Noy to mention the B.C. Rich is a neck through.
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#20
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Ehh I'll have to disagree here, I like that mockingbird a lot more than the Schecter C-1 esp, the pups, of course I really dislike active pickups for most applications, so that may have something to do with it. Noy to mention the B.C. Rich is a neck through.


Pickups aside, the only thing those have on the Hellraiser (whole series not just the C-1) is the neck through. I think they could have done better in that price range (better inlays, same veneer on the head stock, use an actual piece of wood instead of veneer for the top). For 700 bucks it leaves a lot to be desired.
#21
ive always felt that BC Rich but more effort into how their guitars look then how they sound and play. all the ones ive played have been awful. but i hav been told that their high end models are really good. but i think the same can be said for all the guitar makers.
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#22
Like almost ALL guitar companies, the lower end models suck. Unless we're talking about hagstron guitars.
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#24
i just can't believe people think B.C. Rich guitars look cool...

I know it's a matter of personal preference when it comes to aesthetics, but i've always thought the guitars look dumb as hell, like they're trying SO hard to go for a sinister or devilish look.

Look at my pointy slipknot guitar!!!

buy an ESP, but one that's not pointy.
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#25
my friend has one and i think there a good guitar company, there guitars are bad ass and my freind never has any problem with his
#26
If you read the criticisms leveled at them, you will begin to see a pattern.
"Too pointy", you know, like a Xyphos or something.
"Mass produced in Korea", sort of like a Schecter.
"The only good ones are the really expensive USA made ones", like a Gibson or a Fender.
"My friend had one and it sounded like crap". I have several friends whos playing could make any guitar sound terrible!
I think that BC Rich guitars are just fine, and will keep defending them against the haters here.
And, you might notice that I don't need to say nasty things about the brands that other people cherish. A little civility would be nice here.
#27
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If you read the criticisms leveled at them, you will begin to see a pattern.
"Too pointy", you know, like a Xyphos or something.
"Mass produced in Korea", sort of like a Schecter.
"The only good ones are the really expensive USA made ones", like a Gibson or a Fender.
"My friend had one and it sounded like crap". I have several friends whos playing could make any guitar sound terrible!
I think that BC Rich guitars are just fine, and will keep defending them against the haters here.
And, you might notice that I don't need to say nasty things about the brands that other people cherish. A little civility would be nice here.


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#28
A lot of them are ugly IMO, and that really detracts my attention away from them. Although, I'd like to play one of the Assassin series ones.
#29
The other guitarist in my band has a Mockingbird-ST (I think that is the one) that he got for about £400 and personally I hate it whenever I have a go on it or when he plays it. To me the tone is way too fuzzy/fizzy and doesn't sound very smooth, the fretboard is very sluggish and awkward. Trying to play it sitting down is near impossible. Hmm, now that I think about it I really don't like it even more now. But he is happy with it so what can I do eh At least I don't have to play it myself all the time.
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#30
I stopped reading after a few off these cos they're hilarious! In the painstaking way.

Go out and play a BC Rich. Would you really think a £300 guitar with DiMarzios and an OFR is a terrible guitar? Even if it wasn't your think, take everything off it and use them on another guitar, you've made a profit

BC Rich's bronze series are pretty bad yes, however play something other than a bronze warlock and you'll see they get better.
#31
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If you read the criticisms leveled at them, you will begin to see a pattern.
"Too pointy", you know, like a Xyphos or something.
"Mass produced in Korea", sort of like a Schecter.
"The only good ones are the really expensive USA made ones", like a Gibson or a Fender.
"My friend had one and it sounded like crap". I have several friends whos playing could make any guitar sound terrible!
I think that BC Rich guitars are just fine, and will keep defending them against the haters here.
And, you might notice that I don't need to say nasty things about the brands that other people cherish. A little civility would be nice here.


My criticism is that they're ugly. I love Schecter's Korean bad boys like no other, but Schecter makes (mostly) cool looking guitars.

B.C. Rich guitars aren't too pointy, just too dumb-looking.
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#32
I can't get into specs very well cause well I'm just not very experienced. I love my B.C Rich guitar. I own a B.C Rich Metal Master Blade Warlock and I love it. I think the guitar is extremly comfortable and easy to play. I think the tone is just fine and sounds just as good compared to other more expensive guitars. My cousin who is an expert played my guitar and was really impressed considering my guitar is a low end B.C Rich. The price makes it accessible to beginners like me who are on a fixed budget.
#33
I played the Mockbird special by BC Rich and it was a ****ing sick ass guitar.... not the best guitar i have played at the price but it was a great guitar.
#34
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I stopped reading after a few off these cos they're hilarious! In the painstaking way.

Go out and play a BC Rich. Would you really think a £300 guitar with DiMarzios and an OFR is a terrible guitar? Even if it wasn't your think, take everything off it and use them on another guitar, you've made a profit

BC Rich's bronze series are pretty bad yes, however play something other than a bronze warlock and you'll see they get better.

Lol exactly, you basically just said they are ****ty guitars, because 2 Dimarzio humbuckers cost 150 alone then a floyd rose on top, where does the money go for the actual quality in the guitar? no where.
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#37
This is practically copypasta.


Personally, I don't care for the feel or sound of B.C. Rich guitars. They're just not my personal preference. That doesn't mean I'd tell anyone not to try one.

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#38
Well the only bc rich I've played is my friends platinum edition warlock, it sounds fine, but it's an absolute horror to play, the action is horrible, and there isn't much adjustment, the neck is really comber sum, really thick and wide, in my opinion the frets were to wide. but if your just starting out they still have a pretty good sound, i just got used my LTD viper and the warlock feels completely alien to me.
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#39
Yeah, I've always thought that most BC Rich models looked like crap. The only models that look good to me are the Mockingbird and Warlock/Warbeast models. I've read some pretty good reviews about some of them, but I've also heard lots of people saying they are crap. I was just unsure as to whether or not getting one of these would be smart.
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