Sound — 8
Solid & Sweet sounding pickups w/neck-thru-body sustain & "feel" of the sounds you make. Sounds grrreat either clean or in 'metal modes. Measa Boogie Studio 22 amp & Boss ME-50 & Klotz kables w/ Boomerang complete my basic setup. I have been playing guitar all my life, I'm 55, and it is my life, my wife as well as my business. I own over a dozen guitars, mostly flamenco negra acoustic cutaways for my solo show & an eclectic collection of tools for recording guitars & equipment. I spent alotta time researching this purchase as I was looking for a Paul Reed Smith styled guitar BUT with neck thru body construction, Ebony fretboard, & Floyd Rose, all features sadly not available from PRS, not easy to find at a reasonable price, the only feature I wanted I could not find was a Tung Oiled finish yet this finish is soooo smooooth that I Live with it's feel until I order a custom Tung Oil finished version of this model.
Overall Impression — 9
I would definately replace it if it was stolen as I consider it a truly classic designed guitar that represents an evolution of the Les Paul/PRS concepts & design. the BC Rich Assassin PX3T has every feature I was looking for but could not find in a dual humbucker, 24 fret, arched top solidbody guitar except in an ESP Horizon which was 3-4 times more expensive. This Assassin is an "instant classic," a true Diadem for a guitar player looking for it's unique features & design among the PRS/Les Paul styled designs. I am still in deep amazement that I could find such a well, designed & well-made solidbody for such an affordable price! I want to say I am not being paid by B.C. Rich to endorse this guitar & I did this review because I am truly impressed with what I consider to be an evolution in the design features of PRS concept. A Santana- styled guitar but w/ neck-thru sustain & feel, Ebony feel to the fretboard & Floyd Rose "divebombing" capability to capture the wildest nuances of emotional expression, features all sadly lacking from PRS & only available in much more expensive guitars which I cannot imagine being any better made than what I purchased. But in any line of mass-produced guitars, there are good & bad & average ones, I just got lucky to receive a grreat guitar, the right tool for the job for playing in a Santana tribute convention band.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Every detail about this gorgeous guitar impresses me & I have worked in many retail music stores & am now a professional, full time solo guitar performer & own over a dozen guitars. So, being this impressed w/ an electric solidbody is extraordinary! The neck thru design feels totally solid & the hardware feels solidly assembled for decades of enjoyment.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This beauty was set up w/ new strings before it was mailed to me & arrived w/a extremely comfortable action & sound. it looks soooooo smooth & sleek w/ it's well finished black paint job, dark chrome hardware, bound body & neck, deeply arched/carved top as well as "Assassin" inlayed fretboard! I just admired it's presence on my guitar stand for a while before I engaged it's well-setup, well-made machine in makin' music. This solidbody exceeded all my expectations & hopes.
Features — 9
2007 BC Rich Assassin PX3T, made in Korea, features neck thru body construction w/ Maple neck & Nato Mahogany wings & a deeply arched top. Smooth Black w/ pearl white bound body w/ dark chrome hardware, sleek 25 1/2" bound 24 fret Ebony fretboard, Grover tuners, Floyd Rose locking system w/ bar, 2 Rockfield ceramic humbuckers w/ a split coil tone control, 3-way toogle switch & volume pot.