Metal Master Kerry King V review by B.C. Rich

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.7 (49 votes)
B.C. Rich: Metal Master Kerry King V
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Sound — 10
I play a wide variety of metal. Bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Testament, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, As I Lay Dying, Cradle Of Filth, and Trivium. This guitar can pull them all off with ease. As I said earlier the distorted sound of this guitar is pure evil. I've played it through a few different amps and effects. While there was a slight difference each time, the guitar's tone stood out and is instantly recognizable to me.

Overall Impression — 9
This guitar is a perfect match for the music I play. It more than outdoes my Epiphone Les Paul. At first one might see it as a beginner's guitar, but take it from a guy who's been playing for six and a half years (I know pale in comparison to some of you) this guitar will work for any level. I would definitely buy this again. Even my only complaint, the bridge, is a small one, as I rarely ever break strings. And I did compare it with the Dean Dave Mustaine Signature, Dean Razorback DB, Jackson King V, and ESP Alexi. I prefer this guitar for the price and playability to all the others.

Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a very durable guitar. I've banged it around a few times and the finish is still unmarred. I've only had it for about a month so I can't tell you from long time experience how durable it is, but it feels as if it will last a lifetime. It has proven to be perfect for Live playing, the hardware is all solid, and the strap buttons are very durable. I do not need a backup while onstage with this guitar.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When I bought this guitar, I was afraid of not being able to fine tune the wraparound bridge as well as I could the tune o matic on my Les Paul. I didn't need to, B. C. Rich set this guitar up perfectly at the factory. In action and playablity it is second only to the Dime From Hell I played at a guitar store a few weeks ago.

Features — 9
This guitar is perfect for a player like myself Who can't fork out the cash to buy the full fledged Kerry King signature, but want the feel, look and playability. It sports a 24 fret unfinished, bolt on, maple neck, with Dot inlays. The neck is thin, but not so thin that it doesn't fill out the hand comfortably. The lack of a finish allows you to move your hand up and down the neck more quickly despite sweat from a long active gig, heat, or just being nervous. The finish is black with a white Kerry King tribal/flame graphic over the top. The finish is very hard, I've banged mine into random things a few times because it's so much longer in the back than my previous guitar, an Epiphone Les Paul. The body is basswood which makes the guitar light. The pickups are B. C. Rich BDSM dual humbuckers which give a very evil tone when distorted, and a melodic one while played clean. The only complaint I have about this guitar is the bridge. It's a wraparound and makes changing strings a pain in the ass. Especially if you break a string right next to the bridge.

32 comments sorted by best / new / date

    markojuo
    when i think about kerry king, I think unmelodic, rapid, non rhythmic and bland music. Despite the fact of whether or not this guitar is good, I think the whole idea of having a signature guitar for one of the more ridiculously horrible riff creators in the world is a bad idea. I will give it this tho, I always thought I didnt know how to write solos properly, but boy did I laugh my ass off when I saw some of Kerry Kings solos, in a sense it brought my spirit up very high.
    oneblackened
    Gifenrich wrote: haha you guys dont know shit about guitars,you must be an idiot to say that all bc riches suck,the handmade/usa bc rich R is one of the best guitarr brand..... Even an korean bc rich shit is an Gibson USA
    you havea definite point there my friend.
    *metal.punk.
    fist of all, B.c. rich have good guitars for lesser money than the other manufactures. They are a good guitar though, they give that punch in the face effect when you hear it. the only thing that would help would be the tremelo arm. o and there clean sounds pretty bad, but it will do, just add a slow chorus
    Dead_End
    CLiFF-BuRToN wrote: B.C Rich guitars are good but not that good... Their clean sound is horrible and lacks the sustain that LesPaul or King V has... the guitars that Kerry King uses are custom made so they're of course way better than ordinary B.C Rich Warlocks or so called K.K Signature Vs but these cheap so called signature models sound horrible
    +1, I have a KKV guitar, It has to be the worst piece of shit I've ever owned. It sounds horrible, especially on clean, and still sounded like shit with new pickups & bridge adjustments. Also while repainting it after it got beat up a bit I found out the body's basically compacted sawdust. A complete waste of money IMO. *_*
    Gifenrich
    haha you guys dont know shit about guitars,you must be an idiot to say that all bc riches suck,the handmade/usa bc rich R is one of the best guitarr brand..... Even an korean bc rich ****s an Gibson USA
    Serjem
    my mate owns a bc rich.... i played it once and i doubt i will ever again.... i hate them...
    jordy-77
    Hyponima wrote: jordy-77 : they sound like crap, most B.C Rich's do, they are some of the worst sounding guitars I have ever heard. I'm sorry but Kerry King is good at a guitar but his tone is horrible r u nuts? BC rich the worst sounding guitars I have ever heard?? then you can't play guitar...
    No I can play, they just sound horrible. I think you just have no idea what a good sounding guitar is.
    Schism1985
    Yea idk what most of you guys are talking about. BC Rich's are arguably some of the shittiest guitars out there. I haven't played this particular model yet so i can't say that this guitar is as crappy as other BC Rich's but I'm going to guess that it is. Kerry King is an OK guitarist, but honestly if you think that this, or any other BC Rich is worth the investment, I would strongly encourage you do some more research and try out some more guitars before you decide to buy this one.
    Hetfield713
    jordy-77 wrote: they sound like crap, most B.C Rich's do, they are some of the worst sounding guitars I have ever heard. I'm sorry but Kerry King is good at a guitar but his tone is horrible
    +1
    Slayerdeath
    BC Rich guitars are awesome, it`s all i play really, but the metal master is nothing more then a guitar with kerry`s name on it so younger kids and guys that are just starting can play, which is good, because not everyone can afford the real Kerry King sig, which is equiped with EMG`s and the Kahler trem, i have mine on order can`t wait till it comes in. this guitar is just a bronze series V with cool a paint job, i really suggest going with the mid grade KKV you get a better body, Kerry`s tribal graphics and the most important part, the Kahler X trem for $460, it`s a steal really and a much better guitar. Kerry F**KING King \m/
    CLiFF-BuRToN
    B.C Rich guitars are good but not that good... Their clean sound is horrible and lacks the sustain that LesPaul or King V has... the guitars that Kerry King uses are custom made so they're of course way better than ordinary B.C Rich Warlocks or so called K.K Signature Vs but these cheap so called signature models sound horrible
    Hyponima
    jordy-77 : they sound like crap, most B.C Rich's do, they are some of the worst sounding guitars I have ever heard. I'm sorry but Kerry King is good at a guitar but his tone is horrible
    r u nuts? BC rich the worst sounding guitars I have ever heard?? then you can't play guitar...
    MegaEgga
    slayer are great and B.C rich guitars are awesome but I really don't think Kerry King is a 'tonal pillager'. In my opinion his tone is generally quite horrible
    leprecon90
    jordy-77 wrote: they sound like crap, most B.C Rich's do, they are some of the worst sounding guitars I have ever heard. I'm sorry but Kerry King is good at a guitar but his tone is horrible
    Winner
    jordy-77
    they sound like crap, most B.C Rich's do, they are some of the worst sounding guitars I have ever heard. I'm sorry but Kerry King is good at a guitar but his tone is horrible
    King ofKumbucha
    Lasyk wrote: Yea I agree it can't, (more shouldn't) be Kerry's sig. unless its got a trem, cant do his soloes without one, does look sick though
    this
    AlexAvarice
    I'm not too confident in the capability of this guitar if it just has factory pick-ups from B.C. Rich. Then again, I could always be wrong...
    Clutch32192
    1.B.C. Rich sound, look, and r awesome 2. Slayer rocks 3. Put them together...and you get total awesomeness
    Lasyk
    Yea I agree it can't, (more shouldn't) be Kerry's sig. unless its got a trem, cant do his soloes without one, does look sick though
    horloko
    I was really close to buying this guitar. I really wanted it too but I lost all the money. It looks like an awesome guitar.
    tincho
    First! Looks good but sounds good? absolutely. B.C Rich Rock!
    FNGuitarGod
    Man i agree with Jordy-77. BC Rich guitars suck balls. Slayer is awesome but if you want a real metal guitar get an ibanez. thats all i play. i have 3 of them and they are the shit.