Price paid: $ 645
Sound — 10
Stock BC Rich P bridge and neck pup sets give more grind then DiMarzio P pups. Likes that. No noise. Excellent sound variety via blending pups and active eq. It does have more edge available to its sound with the extra maple from neck thru body then the regular bolton necks the other NJ's have. So I did switch to Rotosound SwingBass strings instead of useing GHS brand like I'd been useing with previous basses (BC Rich american warlock & NJ mockingbird & beast basses mainly). Bass goes to processor (Zoom Player 3000B) then to mixer, then amps or FOH or recording deck or any combo of these. Excellent balance of lows thru highs.
Overall Impression — 10
Been playing bass since the mid 70s. Also plays synths & guitar. Of the basses I've owned, including american series BC Rich, I like this one the best. 2nd most liked was a NJ Beast bass, but its front upper horn was annoying body poking wise & size with case made it somewhat a pain to get in and out of car. Did compare it to a neckthru Schecter Stilleto bass. That sounded weak in comparrison and didn't like the neck as well.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Its a BC Rich, of course its made to withstand use. Lol. However BC Rich has now stopped useing the very nice extra wide topped strap buttons that got used on all the instruments previous to 2006. They now use idiotically narrow topped ones like most other brands. Replaced those with wide top buttons. For rear strap button installed replacement up about 2" above where stock one is. Its dead center end of neck at body end. By putting new strap button higher is able to get better fit to body with wearing it low so that where center of bodys rear is against leg theres no strap. As was the location tended to make me want to move bass forward a little instead of holding close into body. Subtracts point from score due to small stock strap buttons and rear strap button wasn't installed higher as is found on the Warlock & Beast basses. Regarding neck dive, if not holding neck, bass goes just shy of horizontal. So neck dive isnt to bad really. Moving rear strap button had no effect on balance, just improved fit to body.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Excellent out of box setup. Did slightly raise pups for personal sound preferrance. No truss rod or action adjustment was needed. Excellent fretwork, craftmanship & build thruout. Earlier mentioned the cloud inlays have a slightly simpler look to them then the Korean version ones. Its not a minus, just a little bit less detailed look to em. Looks good though.
Features — 9
Is the 2006 BC Rich Heritage Classic Mockingbird NJ bass. 4 string. 24 jumbo frets. Ebony fretboard, 5 peice maple & walnut neck thru design. White binding. Nato mahogany wings and substantial (bout 1/4") quilt maple top. Walnut stringers down sides of neck where wings join. Fast load locking bridge. Active 2 band eq. Transparent red finish wth black hardware. Made in china. That its made in China rather then Korea only shows in the cloud fretboard inlays which have a simpler look then the corresponding NJ series made in korea ones. And no seperate battery compartment like the korean ones. No biggee for either. Craftmanship, fretwork etc is excellent. The body also has a nice subtle forarm cut to upper rear of it. Something the regular NJ series lacks. Makes for more comfortable fit to body then those.