Price paid: $ 650
Purchased from: beyondeleven.com
Sound — 10
no matter what your style of music, this guitar can handle it! I've even played a bit of flamenco and the guitar is very versatile, the pickups just sing every note you pluck. Now, I fancy the sound that Metallica had when they recorded "Master of Puppets" just heavy and crisp with total tonal arsenry. And with the pa2 preamp you can stand out your solos without changing your sound. I am playing this guitar thru a Peavy audition chorus with no effects except what the amp has; distortion and chorus, and this guitar makes that little amp work its ass off! I will give this thing a 10....it's earned it!
Overall Impression — 9
I play homegrown kick-ass Texas Hardcore with solo's! I've been playing for 15 years. I have a Dean ML79, Samick Greg Bennett Ultramatic 3, and now this guitar. I usually play thru my peavy audition chorus here at the house, but when I play Live it's thru my Crate gx head through my BMF cab loaded with 2 Vintage 30's and 2 greenbacks with my RP250 effects pedal. If it were stolen or lost.....I'd get another one no doubt at all. there is nothing I dislike about it. I am totally satisfied! I compared this with other KKV's, the Dean From Hel, the Jackson K stnd, the LTD VF-400 and the KKV blew them all away by and far! I wish it had a 2nd vol. knob...
Reliability & Durability — 9
So far, I have rocked it out 1 time and felt very comfortable with it onstage, I have a backup because we play in drop-d tuning as well, and trying to detune is a definite impossible without the help of another guitar to play. The stap buttons are grade-A. It took me a few minutes to get my strap on them, but I can tell that once it was on, it wasn't going anywhere! The finish looks really good, except for the tips,(they always chip...it comes with the territory) I expect it to last about 5 years.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar came with a great low, fast setup. The Kahler x-trem bridge was intonated perfectly. the strings are 10's, although the guitar was not tuned when I got it, it was relatively easier than a liscenced Floyd Rose! The pickups needed a slight adjustment, but other than me being picky.
Features — 9
It was made in 2009, in Korea. It has a thin-u shaped neck with med-jumbo frets, Maple neck-thru construction with maple sides. The color is ONYX with Generation 1 white and grey tribal design. The body shape is a very aggressive V-shape, with the warlock headstock which also has the black and white tribal design accompanied with grover mini-robomatics for the tuners and a floyd-rose style locking nut, which does it's job very well. as we all know, b.c.rich does not sell cases with their guitars so I got a b.c.rich case that fits a V-shaped guitar, still not sure about it, but I trust it. The guitar came with all the necessary tools(allen wrenches) to adjust the bridge and nut, but not a phillips screwdriver for the screws. The pickups are EMG 81/85 with pa2 preamp 1 vol. 1 tone and 3-way selector. I give this guitar a 9.75 because the action and set-up was perfect and from the time I ordered it to the time I recieved it was exactly 4 days! WOW! AND.....no guitar is a perfect 10.