Assassin PX3T Review

manufacturer: B.C. Rich date: 06/14/2008 category: Electric Guitars
B.C. Rich: Assassin PX3T
The B.C. Rich Assassin PX3, featuring a licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo and Rockfield SWV pickups, is one screaming mean Assassin!
 Sound: 8.3
 Overall Impression: 9.7
 Reliability & Durability: 9.3
 Action, Fit & Finish: 9.3
 Features: 9.7
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overall: 9.6
Assassin PX3T Reviewed by: SMK626, on may 19, 2007
6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 699.99

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Features: I've always disliked B.C. Rich guitars since trying my friend's warlock. I had a online talk with Jason Hager or Years of Fire (ex-Chimaira) and he told me they were a great company and have some great guitars. Thus, he talked me into getting this. The B.C. Rich Assassin PX3T. The Assassin brings forth a well dressed "Hitman" look with 2 Rockfield Mafia pickups ass the weaponry. What shocked me about this guitar is for 700 I got all the features of a high-end guitar. The B.C. Rich Assassin PX3, featuring a licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo and Rockfield SWV pickups, is one screaming mean Assassin! A maple neck through a deeply arched, nato mahogany body with white binding, an ebony fretboard featuring 24 jumbo frets and a white, pearloid bird skull inlay are just some of the highlights of this guitar that absolutely oozes inspiration. Black hardware, revolver control knobs, ebony fretboard and a deep onyx finish top off the subdued all-business appearance. The feel resembles slightly thicker Ibanez RG (fast). The Original Floyd is a dream and compliments with the pickups with amazing sustain. The inlay is a bird skull yet you can't really tell. It mostly looks like a neat X kind of design. The finish is such a beautiful glossly black. The head stock has the B.C. Rich logo put on in a pop-out chrome color and the revolver knobs are definately a nice unique touch. All together for $699.99 it is truely one of the best deals you can find. Amazing high-end features for a great price. // 10

Sound: The sound does suit my own personal needs, mostly being Metal and Clean licks, yet not all of them. I plan on changing the pickups. Yet this is my own personal preference. I play this through my very own Peavey Triple XXX Head and Cab. It's has very little feedback without a noise gate which can very helpful to me because I tend to play without one due to I have trouble with it taking away from my tone. On clean this guitar has one of the most beautiful tones I've heard. It's clear, with plenty of warm and with a slight hint of brightness in there on the neck. It's the same on the bridge, yet with the typical treble and bass differences. Distorted, it is pretty chunky. It has a pretty heavy low end with a decent amount of bite. The chords come out clear and powerful. Leads have amazing sustain and warmth. Everything comes out clear. With the coil-split on, it's the same yet in single coil form. No too big differences. It doesn't vary too much, yet the crowd it's designed for will surely be pleased. The only problem I found is it had a bit too much low-end for me. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: This guitar was absolutely perfect from factory set-up. the action was set perfect and came with the floyd evened out perfectly. The pickups were leveled perfect as well. The glossly black finish had no scratches at all. There were absolutely no flaws. This guitar literally had one of the most perfect set-ups from factory that I've ever played. // 10

Reliability & Durability: This guitar will do you great Live. I've took extra good care of it so far and I have yet to gig with it. So far the finish seems pretty durable. I have yet to get any major scratches and I tend to be clumsy so it has took some hits that have almost made me cry, and it's yet to have any huge scratches. Everything is solid and perfect. This is already set as one of my main gigging guitars. The only thing that I am expecting is the tinted black chrome hardware to soon fade. It has yet to fade yet Most all the time, hardware with any tint will fade back to it's original color. In this situation chrome. Throughout this guitar is reliable and durable. // 10

Overall Impression: For the style of music I play, This guitar kicks ass. My only complaint was a bit too much low-end. I've spent almost my whole time playing guitar hating B.C. Rich. Since trying a few models I found them pretty terrible. Yet on my second chance with them, I was completely amazed and astonished. This was a all-out great guitar that should cost a lot more. With a $699.99 price-tag, this guitar has to be one of the most amazing any company can offer you. Everything about it is perfect. If you play lead (great upper-fret access) or rhythm you will not be let down. I highly recommend this guitar for anyone. I bought this guitar after selling my Dean Dime Razorback and I could not have been happier. Comparing the 1, 100 price-tag of a Razorback to the 700 of a Assassin and seeing that the assassin gives you all the top features including a Original Floyd and Ebony Fretboard and 24 Frets for such a little price as the Razorback refuses to even give you a Original Floyd, the pick doesn't even need thinking. If this were stolen, I would buy a new one ASAP. B.C. Rich has become one of the top brands in my book because of this. This is now my new favorite guitar. // 10

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overall: 9.6
Assassin PX3T Reviewed by: unregistered, on june 14, 2008
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: € 611

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Features: I bought this in august 2007, but I think mine is the 2006 series. Made in Korea and a beautiful one! The neck-through has 24 jumbo frets with ebony fingerboard and a "Assassin" inlay on 10th-14th fret. Just awesome. But the best part is the Original Floyd Rose, which I think has become a Standard in BC Riches nowadays. The Strat style body (like in the picture) is also cool. Pickups are two Rockfield Mafia Humbuckers and look decent since they are similar-looking to the ones usually in Les Pauls. Controls suited me fine for there's 1 volume control, 1 tone knob a 3-way switch and a feature which splits the humbuckers as 2 single coils which give a suprisingly different sound on some aspects. // 10

Sound: Well since I play mostly metal the Rockfield Mafias deliver great sound. Although I play through Roland Cube 60 which gives a smooth all-area distortion that is just perfect for my playing. So the pickups just boosted that effect (even though they are a little low-frequent) I minor disappointment was that changing the tones does not alter the sound much. But luckily I play mostly through the bridge pickup with distortion and change to neck pickup for leads. But in overal I can't complain about the guitar for the OFR gives the freedom to do all that Dimebag tremolo thing. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: The guitar was set up just find and the DiMarzio factory strings were quite good. I actually did not alter the action, Though when I changed the DR strings I had to change the bridges settings a bit but not too much. The action is pretty good now but I'm considering a little adjustment because after I changed a 12-set into my another guitar it's action had to be changed in order to play the guitar, I got used to play on that action so this one feels a bit clumsy now. Everything was set up well at the factory. The pickups have lost their chrome though. // 9

Reliability & Durability: I haven't played Live with this one yet but it has gone through rough practices with my band so I'd presume it will withstand Live playing pretty well. Strap buttons are very solid though I'm thinking about changing them to Schallers just to be sure. I could use it without a backup but I would still have to bring my other guitar with me because our songs are on two different tunings and OFR makes sure I can't change tuning fast enough. // 10

Overall Impression: As a metal guitar this one is a sure thing. I'm going to buy a Jackson RR or KV this summer since I have now two Strat-style guitars. I've played 6 years I think and my other guitar is Yamaha Pacifica (a black Strat). I have few acoustic ones too but I haven't used them for a while. Before I bought this I compared it into few Ibanezes and ESP-LTDs but the Original Floyd Rose was the deciding factor. And after all my playing it is still the best feature in this guitar. If this was stolen or lost I doubt I would buy a new one, for I'm a trying soul and this one is then already tried. // 10

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overall: 8.6
Assassin PX3T Reviewed by: Osiris_uk, on march 26, 2008
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Features: 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. // 9

Sound: 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. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: 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. // 9

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 8

Overall Impression: 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. // 9

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