Price paid: £ 102
Purchased from: evilbay
Sound — 8
I don't have a specific style, been playing 20 years and in the early days always used Superstrats so I bought this on a bit of a nostalgia trip partly based on the price. Having said that the coil tap and the fact the Rockfield pickups have a good sound makes this a diverse guitar. I've put it through a Sound City Valve combo and a Marshall solid state up to yet, sounds good, does the Slayer thing well due to its darker tone. Surprisingly good clean tones too. It is'nt noisy in any way, distorted it has a slightly dark but warm tone, plenty of variety on sounds but the volume control is'nt very subtle- it goes from nothing to in your face. Based on price paid and the coil tap this scores high.
Overall Impression — 8
It suits my needs. Into a lot of old Thrash and Hardcore stuff, SOD, Bad Brains, etc. I wanted a Superstrat for fun and the nostalgic trip (playing 20 years), at 102 I can't complain but if I had paid the recommended RRP (280) I would be pissed off about the tremolo arm. I've had a lot of gear, kind of settled on Vintage Fenders (Jaguar, Mustang) but I've tried most. In comparison to the BC Rich classic series (I had a Bich model) this is'nt in the same league but its a decent Superstrat, not the best by a long way but does the job and looks the part. I'd buy another at that price I paid if it got lost or stolen. I like its looks and the diversity of the sounds, but more so its fun to play. Was browsing Superstrats for some time but liked the idea of a BC model because I liked what I've played in the past, plus they seem out of fashion lately so prices are good. No interest in Schecter or ESP, had loads of Ibanez so BC it was! As I said, it would have been nice to have had a better Floyd Rose on it but when you want to pay little these are the sacrifices you make! Despite the tremolo arm issue and based on price it scores high.
Reliability & Durability — 7
I'd definitely gig it, everything seems solid but I'd always have a back up with any Floyd equipped guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
The guitar was'nt set-up in any way other than strung. Major issue; tremolo arm was too big to fit in the socket! I had to file it down a little to get it to go in. I repair guitars locally so it did'nt bother me too much in reflection to what I paid but still, it is unacceptable. I may have bought a b-stock duffer, I don't know? The pickups were fairly balanced and the guitar in general is reasonable good quality, light years better than the awful 'Class Axe' 80's BC models (that I've tried). My only complaint besides the tremolo arm being the wrong size is the Floyd Rose copy could have been one of the 'better' ones. don't get me wrong it does its job but I've played better, even on Squier's. Pity about the trem and arm, it would have scored higher otherwise.
Features — 8
This is a brand new Chinese made ASM Standard. Standard gloss black finish 24 frets Licensed Floyd Rose/locking nut 2 x Rockfield passive humbuckers Coil tap switch, 1 x volume, 1 x tone Superstrat style with pointy headstock BC Rich tuners Slim neck, flat radius with circle inlays w/black centres. Its a Superstrat.