Price paid: $ 259.86
Purchased from: Local music store
Sound — 10
The Mockingbird give a nice thick sound and provides all the crunch that you could hope for. I have actually been surprised at the range of tones that it can produce. It is alot more versatile than its 'very metal' looks would suggest. That said, rock music is where the guitars heart is. I play rock with a heavy blues influence and the rich, fat sound suits me down to the ground.
Overall Impression — 10
If I hadn't have been living in Hungary, where the choice of consumer goods leaves something to be desired, I would probably not bought this guitar on the grounds that it looks a little bit too 'Spinal Tap' for my taste. That said, for the price, it was by far the best finished and best sounding guitar in town, so I went for it. After takig it home and comforting myself with the fact that KISS are older than me and stil get away with playing guitars like this one, I dug out my old Spandex pants and got stuck into playing it. Really, for the money, this is a great guitar and I think that you would be hard pressed to find a better quality instrument at the price. I was originally looking at an OLP MM1 guitar for considerably more cash (stuff like this can be expensive in Hunagry) but found that the finish was nowhere near as good as the Mockingbird. Would I buy it again if it was stolen? Well, my insurance company think I've got a Paul Reed Smith, so perhaps not.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've not had this guitar for long, so I'm not best placed to say too much here. I think that the guitar would withstand live playing, although I haven't tried it yet. The hardware seems to be well made, and everything has a good solid feel to it. The strap buttons are those chunky oversize affairs. They make puttin a new strap on the guitar a bit tricky, but once on, there's no way that it's going to be falling off. As far as playing a gig without a backup, always take a backup. It doesn't matter what guitar you have. If you have a spare, take it with you!
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
All told the finish is good with a nice smooth neck and well finished frets (something that is not always present on guitars in this price range. I needed to do some twiddling when it first came out of the box, just to get the action down a little on the treble side. There was also a bit of a buzz on the lower frets of the low e string, but nothing out of the ordinary. I would suggest that it is more the responsibility of the retailer to complete the setup that it is the manufacturer. After all, how well would you play straight after getting off a slow boat from China?
Features — 10
The guitar was made in China (no idea when). It has 24 nice, fat frets on a rosewood fingerboard. This sits on a maple neck. The body is made of some wood or other that I'm not familliar with. You would need to see their web site. Suffice to say that it's not balsa. The two humbucking pickups are controled by a single volume pot, a tone pot and a Les Paul stye 3 way selector Switch. The other end of the beast sports 6 sealed case tuners which are stamped up a BC Rich and seem to do the job just fine.