Price paid: £ 509
Purchased from: Mid Air Music
Sound — 10
This was my first time using active pickups, and I wasn't disappointed. My music style is hard rock and metal, and through a Marshall, it suits those styles perfectly. It can be slightly noisy on the clean tone, as with all active pickups, but the neck pickup fixes this. The tone is overtly metal, which is good because it suits the guitar's image. You would look and sound stupid trying to play jazz licks on this.
Overall Impression — 10
I play rock/hard rock in my band, and metal at home, and this guitar is perfect for me. I own a Jackson KVX10, this and an Ibanez GRG07LTD-1. I have previously owned Deans, BC Richs, other Ibanezs, an LTD MW-600 and have played many guitars from Ibanez, Jackson, BC Rich, Gibson, Fender, ESP, Epiphone and Schecter. This BC Rich is the best BC Rich I've played and one of the best guitars I've ever played. I compared it to an LP Custom and a Dean Razorback at the store but I bought this on it's individuality, playability and tone, and I'm not disappointed.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar will take live playing. If I took this guitar, it would be my main axe but, as I am a Kahler novice, I couldn't trust that everything would go right with it. I'd take my Jackson KVX10 as a backup. The finish is rock solid and lacquered so I can trust it, a few minor knocks around the house wouldn't hurt the finish too much.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar has NO flaws whatsoever that I had noticed. The guitar was set up very well, the frets were low and wide to allow for low action, the pickups were adjusted perfectly and there were no blemishes on the finish. The tuning pegs on the headstock are very solid, whilst the fine-tuners at the Kahler are very smooth, as is the tremolo, which allows (even with dead-low action) me to pull up 4 or 5 frets on the tremolo.
Features — 9
It was made in 2009 in Korea. It has 24 ebony frets, a basswood body and a bolted on maple neck. The finish is Kerry King's new Generation 2 Tribal Graphics over flames that come on Kerry King's BC Rich handcrafted models. There are a set of BCRA active BC Rich pickups and a Kahler tremolo, with 2 volume and 1 tone. Tuners are non-locking BC Rich, and with this guitar I got a BC Rich molded hardcase.