Purchased from: trademe.co.nz
Sound — 10
The guitar suits my style very well as I generally play metal/death metal. I play it through a Line 6 spider II on the "insane" setting most of the time. The guitar sounds awesome considering it has Standard pickups, they produce a hard punchy tone and really bring out artificial harmonics. I plan to put a syemour duncan dimebucker in the bridge spot which will make it sound mint. I hope. The pickups also sound pretty decent on clean which is a bonus.
Overall Impression — 10
I have been playing for almost 3 years now and I also own a B\.C\. Rich Platinum Beast, Line 6 Spider II 30 amp and. My favourite feature of this guitar and the many other B.C. Richs is the awesome headstock. For the price I got this I am very pleased, I blows away all the Ibanez, Ashton and Jackson guitars that are under $600. One day I would like to own a B.C. Rich mockingbird with floyd rose and neckthru, also I would love a Dean ML or Razorback.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar would look awesome Live, but the only problem is the extravagent spikes can chip easily. I dropped my bc rich platinum beast once a while ago and am still pissed of now as it took a big chunk out of the bottom spike. I would recommend buy strap locks. The hardware is very good and feel like they could take a beating. I feel as if I could rely on it at a gig but I would always take my platinum beast as a backup or the other way round, just incase.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I got it the action was almost perfect, just a little low which resluted in slight buzz on the low E, but easily fixed. The frets were all good and are nice to play on. All the hardware is very good quality on the guitar and most is the same as the platinum models.
Features — 9
I'm not sure when or where it was made, Korea I'm guessing. It's got 24 jumbo frets, agathis body with rosewood fretboard. The bridge is a simple Tune-O-Matic. Electronics wise it has 1 volume, 1 tone and 3-way selector, the pickups a dual bc rich humbuckers. Every thing is of a high quality and not really much different than the platinum series.